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The Seattle Public Library
Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104
Join John Boylan in conversation with guests Susie Lee, Sandy Cioffi, Christopher Shaw, and Christopher Paul Jordan. The conversation will look at Seattle as a place for fostering interplay between art, science, and technology.
We're living in a city that is immersed in new technologies, filled with people who know how to make them and use them. How does that immersion translate to encouragement for creative use of these technologies, and accessibility for a diverse populace? Can we grow that encouragement and accessibility? Can we be on the forward edges of the using latest technological developments and scientific insights to create new artistic media, new avenues for creativity?
What are the city's strengths and weaknesses in that regard? How does Seattle's role as a major tech center mesh with putting technology in the hands of artists, budding artists, and other creative people? What avenues have we developed, and can we develop, for making that happen?
This conversation is a continuation of a discussion begun with the 9e2 Festival in 2016. Created in homage to “9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering,” an iconic 1966 exhibition in New York that sparked a new era of collaboration between artists, scientists, and engineers, 9e2 culls from the Seattle scene in a 21st century update. 9e2 embraces experimentation and collaboration much like its forebearers, with an ongoing series of installations, performances, and other events exploring the intersection of art, science, and technology.
Sandy Cioffi is the founder and executive director of fearless360º, a new media and virtual reality production company in Seattle. Sandy recently founded and directed SIFFX 2016, a showcase of the most current and creative thinking in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and 360° immersion. As a 2016 Stranger Genius Award nominee, Sandy has been recognized as a cultural innovator.
Sandy has produced and/or directed several films as a film and video artist, including the critically acclaimed Sweet Crude, Crocodile Tears, Terminal 187, and Just Us. She has worked with human rights organizations in using video as a documentation and verification tool — specifically providing video evidence during the 1998 Marching Season in Northern Ireland. She documented the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride in 2003. Sandy was also a frequent guest on the NPR show Rewind which ended production when host Bill Radke left Seattle for Los Angeles. Sandy has also created media design for live performance at the Annex Theater, Hugo House, The Seattle Repertory Theater and On the Boards.
Sandy has worked with young people extensively as an artist in residence and through the mentor/apprentice film program at the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center. As a long-time educator, she has also taught film at Seattle Central Community College, Seattle University, and Cornish College of the Arts.
Susie Lee is multi-disciplinary entrepreneur, artist, and former CEO of Siren. A graduate of Yale, Columbia and UW with degrees in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, science education and fine art, Lee has been recognized as a TEDx and Grace Hopper speaker, entrepreneur-in-residence at the New Museum, Emerging Artist of the Year, Stranger Genius, and App-of-the-Year. Her new technology artwork has been collected by numerous museums and private collections. Lee's skills in strategic communication garnered, with $0 marketing spend, more than 30,000 users, partnerships with Arianna Huffington, Esther Perel and Durex, and over 200+ press articles with accolades from the Guardian, Seattle Times, CNN, Cosmopolitan, NPR, Marie Claire, Engadget, The Washington Post, and ThinkProgress.
Chris Shaw is a Seattle-based ceramic artist, designer, and engineer. Chris’s sculptural work consists of focused examinations of our concept of value. Drawing heavily on his training in mathematics, Chris seeks to form and reform an aesthetic topography through transformative experiences. The process employed in crafting each work combines abstract logic and intuitive perception.
Born and based in Tacoma, Washington (1990), Christopher Paul Jordan integrates virtual and physical public space to create infrastructures for dialogue and self-determination among dislocated peoples. Jordan's paintings and sculptures are artifacts from his work in community and time capsules for expanding inquiry. Jordan co-directs the grassroots youth arts organization Fab-5, which empowers young people as creative leaders who inspire change in their surroundings.
John Boylan is a writer, producer, conversationalist, and activist. Since the 1997 he has run a roundtable conversation series about art, politics, science, and culture at large. The series has featured more than 350 guests, including some of Seattle’s most fascinating artists, scientists, poets, engineers, writers, musicians, composers, architects, actors, impresarios, and culture workers of all stripes.
He led the team that produced the 9e2 festival in October 2016 in Seattle, commemorating a half century since “9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering” was held in New York and exploring the interplay between art, science, and technology in the 21st century.
John is active on a number of cultural and community fronts across Seattle, and worked for many years in the tech industry, including work in web publishing for software developers at Microsoft. From 1994 to 1996 he was the editor of Reflex magazine, which covered the visual arts in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, and since has written extensively about art and culture in Seattle.
Image: Google Deep Dream images projected on butoh dancers at the 9e2 festival in 2016. Credit: Bruce Clayton Tom."