Designing Resilience

In today's world of tremendous change, uncertainty, and deep divide, how do we—as creatives and designers—conquer our differences, tap into a powerful collective resilience, and bring our humanity to bear? We'll explore the various ways in which each guest speaker designs toward resilience, through the lens of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, a tried and true reminder of our vulnerabilities and our inevitable common ground.


Hyperengagement with Music Fans—The new key to artists' success?

Technology has enabled music artists to interact directly with fans in a more targeted way than ever. With the help of countless sources of data analytics and user information music artists can, and almost need to, customize their messaging and marketing strategy to their consumers. Additionally, even live music events are beginning to show signs of adapting to fan's preferences in order to achieve increased engagement. The panel presents the perspectives of those who develop the technology that enables artists to hyper-engage, demonstrates how the technology has empowered artists to build their careers in unique ways, and explores the future of this technology as well as any potential downsides to this progression. 


Fashion(able) Bodies: Hacking Inclusion

In fashion and the fashion industry, technology can and has broken down barriers to allow greater participation and engagement. In other words, fashion plus technology can grant outsiders citizenship, a DIY kind of citizenship. DIY, or do-it-yourself, connotes a sense of independence as well as a break from traditional avenues to access or achieve something. And citizenship, increasingly relevant and significant in an ever-globalizing world, can no longer be treated simply as a belonging to a given nation state. Rather, it should be understood as full inclusion in a community with all the (in)tangible rights that such membership entails.

Within the context and possibilities of enmeshing fashion with technology, these panelists show that by “shaping, changing, and reconstructing selves, worlds, and environments in creative ways can challenge the status quo,” fashion has the ability to inspire “participatory engagement and world-making” (Ratto and Boler 2014: 5, 8).


Arts & Artificial Intelligence

This panel carves a unique space at the intersection of traditional arts, the Internet, augmented reality (AR) technologies and human perception. A neuroscientist, an Internet artist, a virtual/augmented reality expert and a gallery owner bring their own definition of art to the table, and probe its dimensions across different mediums, contexts, and depths. How and why are technologies that enhance reality and perception shaking the traditional foundations of art? How differently are new media artists operating on these novel platforms, and how does the gallery world shift gears to accommodate the swiftly changing landscape?


Storytelling & Virtual Reality

This panel focuses on the interaction of storytelling and technology. Panelists explore what it means to tell stories with emerging technologies, by both exploring what it means for us to tell stories and then examining how new mediums for storytelling, such as virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI), can enhance or detract from the narrative experience. From discussing whether storytelling is uniquely human to investigating the stories we can tell with bots and user interaction, the panel looks at the role these new technologies will play in both the private and public domains of storytelling in the future.