Recently Josette Melcohor and I gave a talk at TEDx Silicon Valley on the uneasy relationship the art world has had with new technology and why we created the Grey Area Foundation for the Arts here in San Francisco. I take a look at art and technology over the last couple hundred years (Why did the French Avant-garde throw a fit worthy of Rush Limbaugh when photography was introduced?), how that relationship has evolved (Warning: art history according to me!) and the many projects we're involved in at GAFFTA that reflect open culture,collaboration and code/creativity. Its a nice overvoew of what were up to and features some of the most engaging projects today by artists like C.E.B Reas , Aaron Koblin, Stamen Design, and Gray Area resident artists Gabriel Dunne, Ryan Alexander and Daniel Massey.
The art world is learning a lot from silicon valley values and culture, more than a lot of us may realize as we're focused on new products and companies. And there is a lot the tech world can learn in open collaboration and dialogue with artists who are pushing tech culture.
Interested to hear more? Contact us at GAFFTA