The Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium (Berkeley, California)

Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 Theme:
Art, Technology, and Activism on the 50th Anniversary of the Free Speech Movement

New Location:
Monday Evenings, 7:30-9:00pm
The David Brower Center, Berkeley CA
Lectures are free and open to the public.

Upcoming speakers:

Jan 26 2015
Caroline Woolard
Desire Narratives for a Solidarity Art Economy: from Mutual Aid to Community Land Trusts

March 9 2015
Tarek Atoui
DeafSpace and Making Musical Instruments

April 6 2015
Jose Carlos Martinat / Enrique Mayorga

April 13 2015
Jesse Drew / Glenda Drew

Silent Lights installation by Urban Matter Inc near the Navy Yard in Brooklyn (New York)

Silent Lights from Urban Matter Inc on Vimeo.

Silent Lights is a light installation by Urban Matter Inc created over a pedestrian pathway that responds to the large amount of traffic noise on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE) at the intersection of Park Avenue and Navy St. Since the noise is invisible but ever-present, we created an installation that visualizes the noise. This allows the pedestrians to see the noise in various patterns versus just hearing it.

Art on the Marquee at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (Massachusetts)

Boston Cyberarts and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority have teamed up to create “Art on the Marquee,” an ongoing project to commission Public Media Art for display on the new 80-foot-tall multi-screen LED marquee outside the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston. The largest urban screen in New England, this unique digital canvas is one of the first of its kind in the U.S. to integrate art alongside commercial and informational content as part of the MCCA’s longstanding neighborhood art program.

“Art on the Marquee” offers artists more than 3,000 square feet of digital display on seven screens, providing full-motion video and a viewership of more than 100,000 pedestrians and motorists. The marquee is visible for a half a mile in many directions.

“The Year’s Midnight” installation by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (Ottawa, Canada)

Installed in the lobby of the Canada Council for the Arts headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

“The Year’s Midnight” (2011) by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer from bitforms gallery on Vimeo.

“The Year’s Midnight” is an interactive installation that shows the viewers’ image on screen, unprocessed, except for plumes of white or black smoke that emanate from their eye sockets until the whole display is filled with a dense smog. Live and recorded eyeballs extracted from the video accumulate on the bottom of the display, similar to traditional representations of St. Lucy. The project’s name is the beginning of John Donne’s “A Nocturnal Upon St. Lucy’s Day, Being the Shortest Day”, a mournful poem which inspires this work.

AURA – light installation by Till Nowak in Hamburg (Germany)

AURA – motion sensitive light installation from Till Nowak on Vimeo.

The light installation by the artist Till Nowak AURA consists of twelve large glass blocks, lined up like the pillar architecture in an arcade along the Osakaallee. The work is integrated into the architecture in an almost natural way – place and artwork a symbiosis. The town forms the eastern boundary of the Overseas Quarter in Hamburg’s HafenCity.

From dusk AURA is initially at rest, in a constant atmosphere of gentle light. The glass cube react as though by an invisible hand controlled when movement occurs in their immediate environment: passing by walkers, cyclists, skaters and coaches. Approaches the visitor to one of glass objects, this is activated and lights in different shades on. Color and intensity of light change for a timed moment before the sleep mode occurs again. Everyone contributes by the movement of his light bill with him as he goes along the arcades or traveling.

Kelvin – a light installation by Till Nowak at the historic water tower of Neumunster (Germany)

The light projection “Kelvin”, created by the Hamburg based artist Till Nowak, establishes a new definition of a major landmark and a unique artistic expression of the city.

“Kelvin” focuses on several permanent and changing states, such as, the stability of architecture, its functionality, the changing cycles of seasons, as well as, day and night, and climate temperature.

The installation consists of light lines matching the shape of the building in connection to color lights that change according to daily temperature.

The white lines act as a symbiosis of light and architecture. They are custom-tailored for the tower and represent an imaginary view into the building’s base structure. At the same time, they are created to visually resemble water pipe networks and flowing water. At night, the installation is an extension of the architectural features of the building, which otherwise can only be appreciated during daylight.

When the weather is cold the tower glows in warm colors from dusk till dawn, and when it is warm it shines in a cool, blue light. This reversion is designed to influence human sensation.

The installation’s idea was conceived to reflect a basic water function: The regulation of temperature, as well as, our dependency on water in many ways. In physical terms: The transport and storage of energy.

The 45 meter high installation utilizes four gobo projectors and two LED color changers. A gobo projector is comparable to a big, weatherproof slide projector. The projection is adjusted accurately to the building, which is made possible through a very specific technical workflow. This is a unique concept designed particularly for a permanent light installation.

PASSAGE – A Colorful Light-Transporting Installation by Till Nowak at Rendsburg High Bridge (Germany)

PASSAGE from Till Nowak on Vimeo.

On September 13, 2013, the region of Schleswig Holstein celebrated the centenary of the Rendsburg High Bridge. The celebration was not with candles, but with a lighting design installation that is to remain at the bridge after the anniversary. It’s a regional, common project that is supported by 13 communes of “Lebens- und Wirtschaftsraum” (bio and economy area), as well as by 24 communes of “Eider- und Kanalregion” (Eider and canal region).

The light art installation PASSAGE is interactive. Everyone can influence it. On each side of the river a solid stele with a metal control wheel has been installed. By turning the wheel the passers-by can choose the light color on their respective side of the bridge. When the transporter bridge is about to perform its usual function, it takes the colored light with its own spotlight and transports it to the other side of the river. Once it reaches the other side, the light can be changed again and sent back to the other side.

Thus, the art installation is a game for both pedestrians and spectators. It connects the sides of the river. It highlights the function of the transporter bridge, while also adding an abstract quality to it. The lighting design represents the transport of immaterial things, such as ideas, thoughts and characters. With different colors of light, it simultaneously draws attention to the bridge. Moreover, it is not a computer who controls it, it is not static – it is controlled by users of the transporter bridge, visitors of the bridge or inhabitants of the community. In addition to this interactive light show, there is an alternative mode for when the transporter bridge is not active. Then, the light color can be set on both sides of the river, independent from each other.

Moon by Al Weiwei and Olafur Eliasson (online)

This online participatory project lets anyone draw on the “moon” and share their creations.

Turn nothing into something – make a drawing, make a mark. Connect with others through this space of imagination. Look at other people’s drawings and share them with the world. Be part of the growing community to celebrate how creative expression transcends external borders and internal constraints. We are in this world together.

Ideas, wind, and air no one can stop.