Kelly McCray

Artist Showcase: Artists on the Edge of Innovative Technologies

A Talk by Kelly McCray (Art Consultant, Art Barrage)

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About this Talk

Introduction

This talk by Kelly McCray is designed to offer a comprehensive view of how technology is not just a tool but a canvas for contemporary artists. By highlighting the works and philosophies of artists like Matthew Borett, Lorna Mills, Alex Mayhew, Stephen Boyd, and Michael Jonsson, Kelly aims to illuminate the diverse ways technology is being harnessed to create groundbreaking art that challenges, inspires, and reshapes our understanding of creativity.

  • Overview by Kelly McCray: Introduction to the evolving landscape of art and technology.
  • The significance of technology as a new medium in contemporary art.

Artist Spotlight 1: Matthew Borett

  • "Digital Dreamscapes: 3D, VR"Matthew Borett's exploration of 3D and VR in art.
  • A deep dive into his surreal architectural cityscapes.
  • Discussion on how 3D tools are redefining traditional concepts of artistry.


Artist Spotlight 2: Lorna Mills

  • "The Art of Movement: Exploring GIFs"Lorna Mills’ innovative use of GIFs in storytelling.
  • Analyzing the potency and impact of GIFs as a modern art medium.
  • Examination of her key works and the narrative power behind them.

Artist Spotlight 3: Alex Mayhew

  • "Blurring Boundaries with Augmented Reality Art"Alex Mayhew's journey in AR and its immersive potential.
  • Insights into his artistic process and inspiration.
  • Discussion on the transformative effect of AR in art, bridging virtual and real-world experiences.

Artist Spotlight 4: Stephen Boyd

  • "Stephen Boyd: A Technologist Moving Art"Stephen Boyd's intersection of technology and art.
  • Exploring his generative art and its philosophical underpinnings.
  • Discussion on how his work challenges and expands the boundaries of artistic expression.

Artist Spotlight 5: Michael Jonsson

  • "Michael Jonsson: Redefining Artistic Boundaries"Michael Jonsson’s unique approach to integrating technology in art.
  • Focus on his groundbreaking projects and the technological innovations used.
  • Insights into the creative and technical challenges faced and overcome.

Artist Spotlight 6: Claudia Hart

  • The Virtual as Reality: Claudia Hart's Artistic Innovations"Exploration of Claudia Hart's work in creating immersive, virtual environments.
  • Discussion on her use of 3D animation and virtual reality to challenge perceptions of digital and physical realms.
  • Examination of her notable projects that blend art, technology, and critical theory.


Artist Spotlight 7: Jenn E Norton

  • Immersive Illusions: The Art of Jenn E Norton"Jenn E Norton’s exploration of immersive, interactive installations.
  • Focus on her use of digital media to create sensory experiences that blend art, technology, and viewer interaction.
  • Analysis of her work's impact on audience perception and engagement with digital art forms.


Artist Spotlight 8: Dan Tapper

  • Sonic Explorations: Dan Tapper's Intersection of Art and Technology"Overview of Dan Tapper’s innovative use of sound and radio technology in art.
  • Discussion on his approach to capturing the unseen and unheard, such as the sounds of the earth’s ionosphere.
  • Insight into his work on sonic VR environments and machine learning in artistic practices.

Artist Spotlight 9: CIRCLE FOUR

  • Exploring the Enigma of Identity: Circle Four's Intersection of Technology and Art
  • Join us in this spotlight on Circle Four, a visionary digital artist who navigates the enigmatic realms of identity, surveillance, and automation through the fusion of art and cutting-edge technology.
  • Circle Four stands at the forefront of artists pushing the boundaries of traditional artistic expression. With a background in computer science and a profound passion for the arts, they have embarked on a journey that challenges our perceptions of identity in the digital age.
  • In their groundbreaking projects, Circle Four showcases the transformative potential of facial detection technology. Witness a live demonstration of how deep neural networks are harnessed to create real-time interactions, offering viewers a unique canvas for self-expression.
  • Prepare to delve into the paradoxical world of "Anti-Surveillance Surveillance," where Circle Four empowers audiences to take control of surveillance cameras. This interactive experience blurs the lines between observer and observed, prompting profound questions about self-commodification motivations and the feedback loop inherent in our digital culture.

Artist Spotlight 10: Evergon

  • Evergon: A Trailblazer in Photography and Digital Expression"Overview of Evergon's impactful career in photography and digital art.
  • Exploration of his role as a pioneer in homo-erotic contemporary art and his influence on subsequent generations.
  • Discussion of his most prominent works and how they have contributed to the discourse on identity, sexuality, and technology in art.



Conclusion

  • Final Reflections by Kelly McCraySummarizing the insights gained from each artist.
  • The future of art and technology – what lies ahead.
  • Encouraging the audience to explore and appreciate the confluence of art and technology.

This talk by Kelly McCray is designed to offer a comprehensive view of how technology is not just a tool but a canvas for contemporary artists. By highlighting the works and philosophies of artists like Matthew Borett, Lorna Mills, Alex Mayhew, Stephen Boyd, and Michael Jonsson, Kelly aims to illuminate the diverse ways technology is being harnessed to create groundbreaking art that challenges, inspires, and reshapes our understanding of creativity.



25 November 2023, 04:00 PM

04:00 PM - 05:45 PM

About The Speakers

Kelly McCray

Kelly McCray

Art Consultant, Art Barrage

MFA, York University

Moderators

Carlita Cash

Carlita Cash

Founder, Afri+Tech

Carlita Cash is a digital entrepreneur in network marketing and digital-currency.


Vandana Taxali

Vandana Taxali

Founder, Artcryption

Location

OCAD U CO

OCAD U CO

130 Queen Quay East, E Tower, 4R, OCAD U CO / Daniels Waterfront / Artscape

Meeting Room

Stickerbeat

Main Sponsor

Canada Council for the Arts

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts

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Artcryption

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Cultural Policy Hub, OCADU

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Fineline

Fineline is an artist collective, marketplace and more.

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Art Identification Standard

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