Creative Tech Week is back and better than ever for year two!
The festival this year runs May 12-21. We have incredible programming & events lined up for this year, and hope you’ll make it out, learn and see inspiring and new things, get hands-on experience with the latest in creative tech, make new business contacts & friends, and join us to make a big splash throughout NYC this spring!
Come join us for a hands- on Interactivity Fair and networking party; a two-day conference covering VR, AR, Mixed Reality and Creative Technology; a major exhibition of software and electronic art; two nights of experimental and electronic music performances; free workshops in 3D printing, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, generative art, and recycled electronics; and a host of satellite events across the city.
This year our theme is “Stronger Together” and encompasses human+machine, art+technology, real+virtual, diversity, bringing professionals together across different disciplines and industries, commercial endeavors meeting artists, and more.
Our main events this year will be as follows:
Come to the Knockdown Center for free on Saturday May 13 to see STRONGER TOGETHER, a major exhibit of software and electronic art made by faculty and alumni of the top computer arts programs at universities in the NYC area. Four workshops held on Saturday will sell out immediately, so reserve your spot to learn about 3D printing, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, generative art, and recycled electronics.
The KDC shuttle will be running Fri 6:30-11:30 and Sat 3-11. It runs on a 15 min loop between KdC and the Jefferson L train and can be tracked live at https://knockdown.info/. Guests can also find additional info about visiting on that page. Pickup location is on Wykoff between Jefferson and Troutman.
Artists featured in the exhibition include:
- Richard Jochum from Art and Education, Teachers College at Columbia University;
- Daniel Temkin, Joe Diebes, Margaret Schedel and Melissa F. Clarke, Ed Bear and David Galbraith, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center;
- Annie Berman, Andrew Demirjian, Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga and Rachel Stevens from Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College CUNY;
- Terry Nauheim, Yuko Oda and Robert Michael Smith from the Department of Digital Art & Design at NYIT;
- Katherine Bennett, Chun-Fang Huang, Javier Molina, Tatiana Pilon, Kate Sicchio and Mark Skwarek from Integrated Digital Media at NYU;
- Gene Kogan, Hellyn Teng, Jingwen Zhu, and Zhenzhen Qi from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU;
- Amelia Marzec and Yuchen Zhang from Design and Technology at Parsons;
- Allison Berkoy, Blake Carrington, Ursula Endlicher, Carla Gannis, Claudia Herbst-Tait, and Linda Lauro-Lazin from the Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute;
- Seth Cluett, Christopher Manzione, Nicholas O’Brien and Jeffrey Thompson from Visual Arts & Technology at Stevens Institute of Technology;
- Benton C Bainbridge and Eric Corriel, respectively from MFA Computer Art and BFA Design at School of Visual Arts;
- Michael Rees at William Paterson University
Friday and Saturday night at the Knockdown Center, buy tickets to experience two completely different sets of electronic music and visuals performances along with viewing the exhibition:
- Jimmy Joe Roche & Layne Garrett — Modular synthesizer and voice with found objects, augmented guitars and self-built instruments.
- Pamela Z – Solo performance by composer/performer Pamela Z, who is internationally renowned as a pioneer in live electronics, looping and layered extended voice, and gesture-controlled sound.
- Long Distance Poison – Music and live video made with analog & modular synthesizers that creates a temporary relation to the mystery, searching for the sacred in the sound of sound.
- Ed Bear – The premiere of a new 64-voice composition realized on the radioOrgan, a hand-crafted modular FM transmission system built from obsolete electronics.
- SMOMID – Compositions with algorithmic and AI processes that bring in the computer as an additional creative participant.
- Plan 23 with live visuals by Zarah Cabanas, Chris Jordan & Sofy Yuditskaya – Plan 23 creates extended audio-visual experiences that bend one’s perception of time and space. Encompassing a sonic spectrum from dark-ambient soundscapes via subliminal pulses to electronic sounds the group delivers sonic explorations into uncharted spaces; combining music and visuals into an engaging sensory journey – redefining psychedelic sound for the 21st century.
- Raphaele Shirley & Algis Kizys, David Watson, Laura Ortman — 12.6 Lyrae/le chiffre is an immersive site-specific installation and live performance by the artist Raphaele Shirley in collaboration with musician and composer Algis Kizys and others. A visual and auditory landscape that creates a journey through time space, a poetic exploration of states of being through layered abstract combinations.
In partnership with Harvestworks, Plan 23, the Lady Tech Guild, Columbia, CUNY, New York Institute of Technology, NYU IDM, NYU ITP, Parsons, Pratt Institute, School of Visual Arts, Stevens Institute of Technology, and William Paterson University.
Creative Tech Week Mixed Reality Party
Weds, May 17 5pm-10pm (tickets required – THIS EVENT WILL SELL OUT)
Come to the Microsoft Reactor at Grand Central Tech to try hands-on demonstrations and experiences in Virtual Reality, Augmented and Mixed Reality, interactive data visualizations, and more as you network with other creatives, professionals and executives working with creative technology. Our list is a lot bigger than our room, so be sure to reserve early as this event is sure to sell out.
Enjoy lots of snacks and open wine and beer. Leave your wallet at home!
Here’s a taste of what you can play with while you’re networking with the best creative technologists in NYC and beyond:
– From Microsoft, interactive demos that will transform your selfies into cats
– From Isobar, a VR experience that recreates vacation spots using volumetric capture
– From Gordey Chernyy and Maria Mishurenko, get 1000 algorithmic AR portraits of yourself
– From Erin Ko and Alex Chouls, get lost in virtual reality booth of infinite mirrors
– From Balam, an exploratory interactive electronic sculpture
Creative Tech Week Conference Hub
Sat May 20 9-6 (tickets required)
Sun May 21 10-5 — VR and Mixed Reality Day (tickets required)
At the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, our two-day conference is aimed at executives looking to learn more about the latest cutting-edge developments in creative technology, and industry professionals looking to take their careers to the next level through a more sophisticated understanding of the business, engineering and artistic aspects of creative tech. The Lumen Prize’s international digital art awards exhibition will be on display in the lobby (US Premiere).
Creative Technology has gone from a more obscure discipline a few years ago, to the forefront of start-ups and established businesses alike. An explosion of talented new professionals is bursting into the industry making huge strides in mixed reality, new storytelling, robotics and interactive electronics. Staying relevant means staying on top of the latest developments in artistic, experimental, social and commercial creative tech. Let our deep expertise and curation, informed by planning gatherings in this field for over a decade now, allow you to take the inside track and get ahead of the trends.
- Over 20 lightning talks from amazing artists and creative technologists working with such mediums as projection mapping, interactive gaming, fashion wearables, 3D printing, augmented reality, VR, and electronic music. You’ll be inspired to reach new heights in your own work by learning from award-winning creatives like Tamiko Thiel, Andy McWilliams, Tomas Laurenzo, Balam, and LaJuné MacMillian.
- We’ll also have keynotes by some of the most exciting creative technologists working in the industry today, and panels on building a creative technology business from scratch (legal, venture funding, marketing and community support); data visualization, and the intersection of creative technology and social impact.
- Sunday is VR and Mixed Reality Day; expect keynotes from industry leaders in VR, talks and panels on the future of entertainment in VR and developing meaningful concept and content for virtual storytelling; plus a bonus half-hour tutorial on building mixed reality experiences for Microsoft Hololens in Unity.
A Selection of Satellite Events Including:
Weds, May 17 daytime: The Techonomy NYC Conference (tickets required -link coming soon)
With 350 top tech execs and CEOs
Thurs, May 18 daytime: The Propelify Festival (tickets required – link coming soon)
(formerly Propeller), with 8,000 tech sector professionals.
Thurs, May 18 evening: Brooklyn Gaze at Brooklyn Public Library (free and open to the public)
Brooklyn Gaze is a first in a new series of community activation events, illuminating the beautiful 156’ wide facade of the Brooklyn Public Library with thought provoking and immersive projection mapped visuals, orchestrated with a unique purpose & special story.
Can’t wait to see you there!