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Artist Speak - Tech Week Edition

  • Warehouse on Watts 923 North Watts Street Philadelphia, PA, 19123 United States (map)

Hello and welcome to ArtistSpeak, a program dedicated to featuring Philadelphia artists, creatives and thinkers in front of the wider community in order to facilitate critical engagement within the arts. Our program is focused on creating an intimate dynamic that invites anyone who is interested to take part in discussion surrounding contemporary art and culture. Philadelphia is a special place where many creators are congregating at this time and producing compelling work. ArtistSpeak seeks to provide a platform for the discovery of our city’s artists, makers and thinkers so that we may better recognize the significance of the work being made around us. ArtistSpeak events entail brief presentations from each participant followed by Q and A sessions. 

On April 30th, beginning at 6 PM, we will be hosting ArtistSpeak: Philly Tech Week Edition at Warehouse on Watts (923 N Watts St, Philadelphia, PA 19123). This event will feature lightning talks by Philadelphia’s Nick Cassway, Alex Conner, Miguel Horn, Justin Dowdall, Orkan Telhan, Loretta Maps Bolt and Anjan Chatterjee. Collectively, we will focus on the role of new media and technology in influencing art-making at present. We will highlight a variety of perspectives on this issue ranging from technological intervention in the production of work, to the influence of technology on identity and conceptions of self. The presentations will be accompanied by a pop-up exhibition that will remain open from April 30th — May 4th featuring some of the artists on our panel. 

Orkan Telhan is an interdisciplinary artist, designer and researcher whose investigations focus on the design of interrogative objects, interfaces, and media, engaging with critical issues in social, cultural, and environmental responsibility. Anjan Chatterjee is a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and the Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania whose work focuses on spatial cognition and language, attention, neuroethics, and neuroaesthetics. J.A. Dowdall, a Ph.D. Candidate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, focuses on computational semiotics; cybernetics; and aesthetics in his work in which he examines the ways abstract art and philosophy can be utilized by engineers to create and challenge assumptions in the development of virtual reality/machine learning systems. Loretta Maps Bolt translates the bio-electric rhythms of plants as into electronic music which helps us better understand the language of plant consciousness and our connection to the Earth. Nick Cassway an artist and educator who teaches at the Antoinette Westphal College of Media at Drexel University and makes work that combines elements of graphic design, iconography and illustration in order to create metaphors that explore historical, contemporary and personal events. Miguel Horn makes figurative and symbolic sculpture that combines manual and intuitive practice with the latest digital design technologies. Alex Conner maintains an interdisciplinary practice that explores conceptions of evolving identity in the digital age. 

Following the presentations, Warehouse on Watts will be hosting special guests, OOLALA, who will begin performing between 9:30-10. Tickets for ArtistSpeak, which will also grant admission to the OOLALA show, will be $10 at the door and will include one free drink.

Earlier Event: March 7
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Later Event: June 24
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