Art + Technology Lab
Art + Technology Lab
We’re at the mid-way point for the first year of the Art + Technology Lab, and we have six artists who have been hard at work on new projects for the past several months. Tavares Strachan came into the program with a proposal to create and launch glass rockets powered by alternative fuels in the Bahamas and Los Angeles, but...
Inspired by the spirit of LACMA's original Art and Technology program (1967-1971), which paired artists with technology companies in Southern California, the Art + Technology Lab at LACMA supports artist experiments with emerging technology. The Lab provides grants, in-kind support, and facilities at the museum to develop prototype projects.
On April 9, 2014, the museum selected five artist projects to be developed during the inaugural year of the Art + Technology Lab. Chosen from a pool of over 450 submissions, the winning proposals seek to engage artistic practice with emerging technologies in aerospace, astrophysics, augmented reality, robotics, and more. Interested artists and artist groups are invited to join the mailing list to receive future updates. Talks, demonstrations, and prototypes will be presented to the public throughout the year. Watch this space for upcoming events.
Taeyoon Choi and E Roon Kang are based in Seoul, Korea and New York and will develop a project titled In Search of Personalized Time. Inspired by the mechanics of the slide rule, the project will produce tools that allow users to set their own clock and means of measuring the passage of time.
John Craig Freeman will draw on crowd-sourcing, augmented reality, and EEG (electroencephalography) technology in a project titled EEG AR: Things We Have Lost. The project will allow participants to “conjure” virtual objects by imagining them into existence using brainwave technology and augmented reality.
Annina Rüst will develop a project called A Piece of the Pie Chart, inspired by the cover of LACMA’s 1971 Report on the Technology Program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which exclusively shows men. The project is an interactive robotic gallery installation exploring the worlds of art and technology.
Tavares Strachan will apply his investigative practice to the world of aerospace in an exploration of rockety, spaceflight and more; the project will also involve students from local schools.
Rachel Sussman will be supported in her pursuit of a project titled The Poetics of Space, facilitated by exposure to Art + Technology Lab advisors from Jet Propulsion Laboratory and SpaceX. The Poetics of Space will scrutinize astrophysical and astronomical data to investigate the capacity and limits of human modes of perception in relation to deep time and deep space.
The Art + Technology Lab is located in LACMA’s newly renovated Balch Research Library, transformed to house the project thanks to support from the Los Angeles County Productivity Investment Fund. The area is used for hands-on workshops and public programs, including talks and demonstrations by artists and technologists in residence. Additional Art + Technology programming will take place throughout the campus, including lectures, film screenings and activities for students and families.