Digital Culture and Conversation
Three digital artists who have spent the summer at Teachers College as part of a digital art residency program conducted by the EdLab unit of the Gottesman Libraries will showcase their projects at a presentation on Wednesday, August 12, from 12 to 1:30 p.m.
The Digital Art Residency is designed to explore ways people access and understand information across a broad range of technologies. As part of the residency, artists spend two months at TC doing research and working on projects that meld art and technology and explore the impact of digital culture.
The artists who will present their projects are Jeff Goldenson, Dan Paluska and Dan Torop. Goldenson has devised an online interface for browsing the contents of the Gottesman Libraries that is inspired by Google Street View. Paluska has examined the possibilities for freeing access to the libraries’ information, and Torop has explored the ability of a computer to turn library database searches into spoken verse.
During their presentations, the artists will not only present their final projects, but also discuss their experiences as artists-in-residence at EdLab, the creative services group in the Gottesman Libraries. The residency program, which began in 2008, awards artists $4,000 to spend from mid-June to mid-August at EdLab conducting research and developing their projects. They must commit to spending at least 80 hours onsite at EdLab over those two months, document their projects via a blog or other online forum, and engage in brainstorming sessions with the other artists and members of the EdLab staff.
The project presentations on August 12 are free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. To RSVP, go to http://edlab.tc.columbia.edu/index.php?q=node/3073. EdLab is located on the fifth floor of Russell Hall.
To view a video conversation with Goldenson on his background and interests, go to the Edlab Web site at http://edlab.tc.columbia.edu/index.php?q=user/767. To view a video of Paluska, go to http://edlab.tc.columbia.edu/index.php?q=user/770, and to read Torop’s EdLab blog go to http://edlab.tc.columbia.edu/index.php?q=blog/768.
Published Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009