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.
Panel sessions on science and technology included:
- "Taking Place: Renegotiating Art and Ecology from the 18th Century to Today"
- "Unmanned Aircraft Art Vehicles (UAAV): Opportunities, Pitfalls, and Implications"
- "Feminist Interventions in the Technosphere"
- "Beautiful Lies: Artists Working with Digital Simulation and Illusion"
- "Multisensory Digital Curatorship as Experimental Practice"
- "STEM to STEAM with Art History"
- "Entangling Art and Biology: Bioart and Beyond"
- "Organicism, Open Systems, and Technology in Feminist Art"
- "Site-Specific Art in the Age of the Internet 2.0 (Social Media)"
- "The Centenary of D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson's On Growth and Form, Parts I&II"
- "Big Data & Broken Algorithms"
- "Design and Science: Catalyzing Conversations"
The number of fantastic science & technology art panels this CAA was in part due to Leonardo/ISAST's affiliation with CAA (thanks to former CAA president Ellen Levy), and in part thanks to the centrality of science and technology in our contemporary culture. From looking at historical art to understand how our shorelines have changed over time, to using drones to extend the artist's reach, and digital simulation to explore the depths of human emotion and cognition, overlapping panel talks made it impossible to catch it all (a good kind of problem to have).
To learn more about CAA, visit http://www.collegeart.org/.
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