By Julia Buntaine
Last week New York had a few more artists and art historians in town. The annual College Art Association conference was held in the midtown Hilton hotel from February 15-18th. Boasting over 100 panel sessions and talks on the state of art past, present, and future, the CAA is "the world's largest professional association for visual artists and art historians" bringing in hundreds of international attendees. With the presence of cross-disciplinary art on the exponential rise, here's a roundup of the science and technology conversations we found.
By Julia Travers
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the largest space telescope ever built, scheduled to launch in the fall of 2018. NASA is inviting artists of all genres to use the telescope as a source of inspiration to create new artworks which will be curated into NASA’s social media.
By Joe Ferguson
Outside the San Francisco Symphony Hall there are little girls with hair in ringlets. They wear blue or purple or red velvet skirts over shiny, new shoes. Their brothers, hair parted on the side, wear crested navy blue sport coats over tan pants and brown loafers. They stand beside their parents, who all seem to know each other. The children are well-behaved, but pensively eye a guardrail as if it were a piece of playground equipment. I’m envious of their frustration.
By Aimee Lusty
“Animal Intent” at apexart in Tribeca, New York features a group of interdisciplinary artists using animal culture, communication, and their behavior as a point of departure and a collaborative device in their work. The exhibition, organized by Emily Falvey, includes a range of artistic practices by Annie Dunning, Aganetha Dyck, William Eakin, Nina Katchadourian, Alison Reiko Loader & Christopher Plenzich, and Michael Anthony Simon.
Letter from the Editor
How can we improve education, who can revitalize abstract painting, where is neuroscience headed, and what do we have to gain (or lose?) from our increasingly intricate relationship with technology in this 21st century? These are some of the questions we explore this February, our first issue of 2017.
Our out–loud recognition that it is, indeed, the 21st century, is increasing in frequency. Questioning both where we are and where are we headed, this emphasis on when we are arises from fear and frustration, but also hope and excitement. The 21st century carries the promise of progress while being stuck in the past (we can land a man on the Moon, but we can’t do x?!). Our dreams for ourselves continue to outmatch our current capabilities, because that is the nature of the arts, sciences, and technology—to dream beyond our means to ensure we get there.
We’ve been in this century for nearly two decades—but really, we’re only about a fifth of the way through. We’ve begun to answer some of our questions, and have made great headway on others. In many ways, the future is already here, it's just not very evenly distributed (as William Gibson would say). And a bit of that future is here, in our pages.
I sincerely hope you enjoy this issue, and thank you, always, for reading.