Panel: Social Impact in Art & Creative Tech : Creating Unity across Borders


NYIT Auditorium on Broadway 1871 Broadway NY NY 10023 May 20, 2017 4:15 pm - 5:10 pm

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L’Rai Arthur-Mensah
Lisa Godwin
Catinca Tabacaru
Kevin Stanton
Sundar Raman

We can argue that the greatest social need and impact right now is creating unity across borders, fighting negative & inaccurate stereotypes and falsehoods. This discussion will focus on how creative technologists and those that represent them are uniquely positioned to inspire and help mobilize others for change. We will explore: Whether art is the catalyst that pushes people to take action? How can creative technologists and artists build engagement with disparate communities across borders and here at home? We will be discussing this topic with Lisa Godwin, Creative Technologist at the New York Times; Kevin Stanton, a Strategist with Spring Studios; Catinca Tabacaru, Owner of Catinca Tabacaru Gallery; and Sundar Raman, Director of Creative Engineering, Local Projects; and L’Rai Arthur-Mensah, a project manager with Local Projects.

Moderator

L’Rai Arthur-Mensah is a Project Manager with Local Project. With a background in engineering and a love for producing art exhibitions, she is a proponent of integrating technology into cultural experiences in ways that enhance the engagement but don’t overpower the experience itself.

Panelists

Lisa Godwin is a Senior Consultant and Creative Technologist at The New York Times. Within her current role, she uses her skill set in media, entertainment and technology to analyze key performance metrics, clearly communicate collected data, and provide insight to drive product development recommendations.

Kevin Stanton is a strategist that works at the convergence of culture, technology and critical theory. As a Senior Strategist at Spring, Kevin is focused on solving problems by leveraging the power of culture to help brands engage with consumers and build cultural relevancy. Kevin holds a M.A. in Arts Politics from NYU and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

Sundar Raman is the Director of Creative Engineering at Local Projects. Sundar’s background spans alternative energy, community radio, permaculture, Internet telephony, open-source advocacy, and most recently social gaming. Prominent clients include the National September 11 Memorial Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Eisenhower Memorial Commission, and Bob Graham Center for Public Policy.

Catinca Tabacaru is the founder of the Catinca Tabacaru Gallery on the Lower East Side.  In addition to artist representation and shows, the Gallery expands past its walls to create valuable dialogue and collaboration with artists embedded in different cultures. The primary vehicle for this is the CTG Collective, which created a traveling Art Residency with the​ first installment in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Residency is now evolving parallel to the Gallery’s space-driven program and has presented institutional and museum projects internationally.