Code:ART 2017 (Palo Alto, California)

With the support of an Art Works grant through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and generous support from local corporate sponsors, the City of Palo Alto will launch a festival called Code:ART June 1-3, 2017.

At the epicenter of Silicon Valley, Palo Alto’s population of 65,000 more than doubles each day with tech commuters and Stanford University affiliates. The sometimes secretive nature of the work taking place within these companies has occasionally limits interaction between the residential community and tech employees, and leaves the downtown corridor largely void of evidence of the creative minds at work. Code:ART will temporarily reframe the City as a laboratory for urban interventions and creative placemaking while engaging commuters, residents, students and visitors in dialogue to shape the future of the downtown corridor.

Robert Lang: Origami — Between the Folds of Art and Technology (Palo Alto, California)

Robert Lang, Origami Artist; Physicist

Origami is the centuries-old Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures. Lang, a world-renowned origami artist, has taken this traditional art form one step further.

Lang is one of the pioneers of cross-disciplinary origami that combines mathematics, science, technology, engineering and design with origami. His applications have been used on medical devices, air bag designs and expandable space telescopes.

With 50 patents awarded and pending on semiconductor lasers, optics and integrated optoelectronics, Lang has more than 500 designs catalogued and diagrammed and his artwork has been shown around the world in exhibits at the MoMA in New York, Carrousel du Louvre in Paris and the Nippon Museum of Origami in Japan.

Hear more about the blending of art and technology what drives him to create such inspirational masterpieces.

James Turrell: Recent Work (Palo Alto, California)

For over three decades, Turrell has used light and indeterminate space — not objects, nor images — to extend and enhance perception. Turrell’s inspiration draws from astronomy, physics, architecture and theology.

The Apocalypse Project: House of Futures at IFTF (Palo Alto, California)

What will we wear if rising sea levels, increased global temperatures, superstorms, drought, and polar vortexes become the new normal? The Apocalypse Project: House of Futures exhibition at IFTF’s Future Gallery speculates on our environmental futures through the lens of high fashion.

Artist and designer Catherine Sarah Young, in collaboration with scientists from the Singapore-ETH Future Cities Laboratory and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Northwestern Switzerland, have developed this work in previous exhibits in Singapore, Manila, Seoul, San Francisco, and New York City. The exhibition will feature interactive projects and welcomes audiences of all ages. The Apocalypse Project is a participatory platform where people can discuss their ideas about what makes a sustainable planet and what is a desirable future.