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Creative Technologies
Exhibition & Symposium 2


Friday, June 19, 2015

Macy Gallery
Art and Art Education Program
Teachers College
Columbia University

New Gifts: The Creative Technologies Exhibition

June 1-26, 2015
Public Reception: June 19, 2015, 5-7pm

Macy Gallery
Teachers College, Columbia University
New York City

Creative Technologies is an exhibition showcasing the work of contemporary artists who push digital and emerging technologies beyond their functional capacity into the realm of the metaphor. Featured artists work at the intersection of the arts, sciences, and humanities; and employ technology as a catalyst for artistic expression, storytelling, or cultural exchange.

See updated photos: NewGifts 

Let us begin instead with holding technology as a gesture. What curiosities and moments of wonder might become available if exploring relationships of body, space and time, rather than fixed or predictable outcomes, were the goal?

Today’s networked ecologies of new tools, materials and processes—our new gifts—might present us with just such an opportunity, if we allow ourselves the luxury of learning to listen. The tides come in and the tides go out, and holding this oscillating stability as a birthright might be our revolution, perhaps as ephemeral and transitory as any revolution that has come before us.

How might we celebrate our time together in ways that open us to new potentials of being human?

As you explore this exhibition we invite you to ponder these questions with us—not in order to arrive at solutions, but rather in the hope that learning to hold loosely to our expectations and anxieties might suggest new trajectories of being in the world, and new relationships of learning, knowing and giving.

Creative Technologies is produced in celebration of the newly launched Creative Technologies Specialization, a graduate-level field of study in Art & Art Education at Teachers College that explores the integration of visual art and technology in the arts classroom and beyond. The exhibition will run in tandem with the 2nd Creative Technologies Symposium, which takes on June 19, 2015

The exhibition is on view at Macy Gallery, Teachers College, Columbia University, from June 1-26, 2015. Public Reception: June 19, 2015, 5-7pm.


Creative Technologies

Symposium No. 2

Friday, June 19th 2015, 1pm to 6pm

Emerging technologies have changed the making, teaching, and learning of art. These changes have influenced formal and informal learning environments. The creative technologies symposium engages artists, educators, and technologists in an ongoing conversation about these changes.


Friday, June 19, 2015, 1:00pm to 6:00pm

After a keynote address, break-out sessions will join artists, educators, and technologists in conversation about pushing digital and emerging technologies beyond their functional capacity into the realm of the metaphor. How might technology become a catalyst for artistic expression, storytelling, or cultural exchange? What does it look like when technologies are creatively adapted to diverse learning environments? 

The symposium will close with a reception for "New Gifts. The Creative Technologies Exhibition"

Symposium Schedule:

12:30 pm Registration - Grace Dodge Hall 177
1:00 pm Opening remarks and keynote address: Christiane Paul
1:45-2.30pm: Short presentations:

  • Isabel Walcott Draves | Using Emerging Technologies in Art: An Overview
  • Nathan Adkisson | You Are Not In Charge
  • Ji Lee | Transformative Power of Personal Projects
  • Irene Posch | Textile Tools for Electronic Making
  • David Cole | Crafting with Electronics & 21st Century Notebooking: Re-imagining Literacy & Hands-on Learning

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Break-out sessions
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm: Coffee break
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm: Short presentations

  • Nathan Holbert | The powerful ideas of making: Building beyond the curriculum 
  • Ryan Patton | If Art Education Then Critical Digital Making: Creative Code in the Art Classroom
  • David Sheinkopf | Educating in the New World of Accessibility
  • Christa Flores | Thinking with Your Hands: Design Thinking as Constructionist Learning, Lessons from a Spring Hard Problem
  • Tim Needles | Art Hacks: Innovation with Emerging Technology for Creativity and Collaboration in the Classroom

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Break-out sessions
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Final wrap-up and group reports
5:00 pm: Reception - Macy Gallery
5:00 pm: Performance by Kiori Kawai-Sherwood and Masanori Asahara 

Registration: FREE but RSVP needed: CTC Symposium No. 2

The Fall symposium worked to define creative technologies; the Spring symposium considers their implementation. What can we do with creative technologies? Wtih the New Gifts exhibition, we examine how artists employ technology creatively in their practice, and also explore how creative technologies can be adapted in diverse learning environments.

The Symposium and Exhibition accompany a curricular expansion in the Program of Art and Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. The Creative Technologies Concentration proceeds from the view that digital tools and materials are entangled with more familiar studio materials. The CTC emphasizes hands-on exploration with tools and materials such as social media, digital fabrication, and physical computing.

Creative Technologies Conversation

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Creative Technologies
Art & Art Education
Teachers College, Columbia University

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