The Arts and Technology: Responding to the 21st Century
What is the impact of technology on artists, audiences, and museums? New York City Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Kate Levin moderated a conversation at the Rubin Museum with participants from Google, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Art 21, Inc. and digital artist Jorge Colombo.
Kate D. Levin, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Marc Donner, Director of Engineering, Google
Amit Sood, Group Marketing Manager, Google
Seb Chan, Director of Digital and Emerging Media, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt
Eve Moros Ortega, Managing Director, Art21, Inc
Jorge Colombo, Artist, Digital Finger Painting
Kate D. Levin is the commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA). In this role, she directs cultural policy for New York City, supporting and strengthening nonprofit cultural organizations throughout the five boroughs through public funding, technical assistance and advocacy.
Prior to her appointment, Levin taught English and theater at the City College of New York/CUNY and was associate director of the Simon H. Rifkind Center for Humanities and the Arts at CCNY.
Levin has worked at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), as a consultant to several New York City cultural organizations, and served in the Koch administration.
Amit Sood is a Group Marketing Manager for Google; he's worked with the Android team and has led marketing efforts for Google's GEO products. His passion for art led him to initiate a "20 percent time" project to bring museums onto the web -- which turned into the ambitious new Art Project. Prior to joining Google, Amit worked at Ericson, DHL and in the non-profit sector in India. He received his MBA from INSEAD and bachelor's in Commerce from Sydenham College in Mumbai.
Marc Donner is currently engineering director in Google's New York City office where he is involved in infrastructure networking software. He was also instrumental in launching the googleartproject.com site. Prior to Google, Dr. Donner worked at Morgan Stanley, where he led a series of projects ranging from the first corporate intranet, re-engineering of the broker-dealer back office systems, elimination of data center printing, and event-based simulation forecast modeling. Before going to Wall Street, Dr. Donner worked at IBM Research, where he developed a juggling robot among other initiatives, as well as NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, where he worked on planetary radar. Dr. Donner holds a BS in Engineering from Caltech and a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Seb Chan is currently the Director of Digital & Emerging Media at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Until November 2011, he led the Digital, Social and Emerging Technologies department at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, where he oversaw the implementation of Open Access and Creative Commons licensing policies and many projects exploring new ways for visitors and citizens to engage and contribute to the Powerhouse's collection. Chan was a member of the Australian Government's Government 2.0 Taskforce and he has helped organizations and institutions all over the world strategize and implement cutting-edge technologies in the cultural sector. He writes about museums and emerging technologies at freshandnew.org
Eve Moros Ortega, Managing Director of Art21, is Series Producer of the Art in the Twenty-First Century television series, and has worked in film and television for over 15 years on documentaries and independent feature films. Prior to Art in the Twenty-First Century, she worked on projects with Oscar-winning directors Deborah Dickson and Bill Fertik, MacArthur Fellow Yvonne Rainer, Amir Naderi, and Curious Pictures, among others. Moros Ortega received a BA in Art History and Political Science from Barnard College, where she was awarded honors for her work on postmodern art, and an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University.
Jorge Colombo was born in Lisbon, Portugal and moved to the USA in 1989. Has lived in Chicago and San Francisco, and has been living in New York City since 1998 with his wife, artist Amy Yoes. He has worked as an illustrator, photographer, and a graphic designer. His cover illustration for the June 1, 2009 issue of The New Yorker was the first one created on an iPhone for a major magazine. His book, New York: Finger Paintings by Jorge Colombo, contains one hundred landscapes created on an iPhone.