Changes in society are sensed much earlier by artists than by us normans (as in normal humans). They use their craft to amplify what they sense and by doing so make us aware of these changes. As I told at the Future Salon last Friday, Joseph Beuys for me was one of these artists. In 1979 he was one of the founding members of the German Green party. For the Documenta 7 in 1982 he did the 7000 Oaks project:
I believe that planting these oaks is necessary not only in biospheric terms, that is to say, in the context of matter and ecology, but in that it will raise ecological consciousness -- raise it increasingly in the course of the years to come, because we shall never stop planting. -- Joseph Beuys, 1982
For this month's Future Salon we are happy to have someone who has his finger on the pulse of art and technology for many years: Steve Dietz was the curator in new media at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. He may not have his own Wikipedia page yet, but his Internet Art definition is quoted there:
Internet art projects are art projects for which the Net is both a sufficient and necessary condition of viewing/expressing/participating. Internet art can also happen outside the purely technical structure of the internet, when artists use specific social or cultural traditions from the internet in a project outside of it. Internet art is often, but not always, interactive, participatory and based on multimedia in the broadest sense.
For the past couple of months he has been the new director of ZeroOne a public benefit organization based in Silicon Valley that provides the collaboration of art and technology. Its biggest project yet is the just-announced Inter-Society for Electronic Arts (ISEA) Symposium held in San Jose from the 5th - 13th of August in 2006.
ZeroOne, in conjunction with the City of San Jose, the San Jose Museum of Art, The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose State University's CADRE Institute, Cultural Initiatives Silicon Valley and the San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau is hosting the 2006 ISEA Symposium.
This is going to be really big and Steve is the curator as well as the festival director. His take on the Future of Art and Technology will therefore be very interesting.
The day after Valentines Day: Tuesday the 15th of February 6-7pm networking with light refreshments proudly sponsored by SAP. From 7-9+pm presentations and panel discussion. SAP Labs North America, Building D, Room Southern Cross, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304 [map] Improve your commute by sharing it with a fellow Futurist. Check the Ride Board for opportunities.
This time please RSVP right away so we can better calculate food and drinks by sending an email to mona dot bhardwaj at sap dot com or to me.
See you all there.