SXSW 2020

Digital Media in Public Art: Risks and Rewards

Public Art 2.0: The Risks and Rewards of Presenting Digital Works in the Public Realm
The ways that artists use and respond to technology in their creative practice changes as rapidly as technology itself. In this panel, internationally-recognized artists Ben Rubin and Jennifer Steinkamp will examine the risks and rewards of presenting and maintaining digital art in the public sphere. Adding a programmatic perspective, the discussion will also feature Andrée Bober, director of Landmarks, the public art program for the University of Texas at Austin, and Steven Sacks, founder and director of bitforms gallery in New York.

The panel will offer lessons learned when presenting digital works, exploring obstacles and solutions, and celebrating the ways that new media works can engage.

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  1. Will explore how technology can expand or limit possibilities for art. When technologies change, how does that shift interpretation of digital works?
  2. Will examine issues involved with maintaining digital art works, and what solutions are available. Will look at vulnerabilities such as hacking, etc.
  3. Will cover the unique opportunities available in digital art for audience engagement (motion sensors, data input, algorithms) and community dialogue.



Kathleen Brady Stimpert, Deputy Director, Landmarks, the public art program of The University of Texa at Austin

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Design
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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