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Panel Discussion at Hacking Arts

The Digital Canvas: Art Beyond Gallery Walls Panelists from left: Aditya Julk, Lindsay Moroney, Kelly Sherman, Sam Aquillano, Jeff Lieberman, and Evan Garza.  Photo: Jeremy Cimafonte

The Digital Canvas: Art Beyond Gallery Walls
Panelists from left: Aditya Julk, Lindsay Moroney, Kelly Sherman, Sam Aquillano, Jeff Lieberman, and Evan Garza. 
Photo: Jeremy Cimafonte

Hacking Arts
MIT Media Lab
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
September 28 - 29, 2013

I was very happy to join a distinguished panel at Hacking Arts, "MIT's first annual festival and hackathon exploring the intersection of arts and entertainment, technology, and entrepreneurship." The weekend event included presentations and discussions from those involved in the visual and performing arts, music, fashion, design, TV and film. The panel I participated in, The Digital Canvas: Art Beyond Gallery Walls, featured Aditya Julka, co-founder of Paddle 8; Lindsay Moroney, Vice President of Operations at artnet; myself; Sam Aquillano, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Design Museum BostonJeff Lieberman, kinetic sculpture artist and former host of Time Warp, Discovery Channel; and Evan Garza, Co-Founder of Fire Island Artist Residency, and Exhibitions and Public Programs Coordinator at the School of the Museum of Fine Art. They were also true to their word that they wouldn't "just talk about the future" but work to create it; the hackathon segment of the weekend was full of energy, as groups worked to generate ideas and prototypes for new technology-based ventures and projects in the creative industries.

BostonInno article by Gillis Bernard, September 30, 2013
"There's been a new culture emerging that's essentially tech native, but creative, in the arts and in entertainment … Boston's art community is less saturated and structured compared to the scenes in competitor cities New York City and San Francisco, meaning there's space for mobility between immature and more established movements in teach and art, across all sectors."

WBUR article, Coders And Creatives Intersect At MIT’s Hacking Arts by Franklin Einspruch, October 3, 2013
"A group of insiders, indeed, perpetrators of the transition in the art world from in-person viewing and collecting to web-based viewing and collecting talked on the panel “The Digital Canvas: Art Beyond the Gallery Walls” ... it was interesting to hear them say that the in-person experience of art remained supreme in everyone’s opinion, theirs included. The mediated, digital experience of art was an imperfect substitute, but nevertheless one that enables more people to enjoy the original work of art, even if in a reduced way."

Harvard Crimson article by Gökcan Demirkazik, October 7, 2013
"I got a behind-the-scenes look at how interdisciplinary crossroads like MIT are tailoring our futures and fostering creative thinkers who will have direct impacts on our lives in innumerable ways, through projects like the robotic opera and new softwares that capitalize on the intersection of arts and social media."

Kelly Sherman