Welcome to Hacking Arts 2016

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Welcome to Hacking Arts 2016

We are excited to announce Hacking Arts 2016. This November, MIT will host Hacking Arts 2016 including a slew of panelists, projects, tech expo, and collaborations marrying the communities and cultures of technology, design, fashion, film/video, gaming, music, performing arts, visual arts, and virtual/augmented reality. Fusing these communities together are the vital concepts of innovation and entrepreneurship in these creative worlds, what lies ahead and where we can go next.

 

Along the journey, follow our blog and social (twitter, facebook, instagram) to stay in the loop as we release sponsorship and event details along with interviews and coverage of leading innovative tech and creative events around Boston.

  

Take a look back at Hacking Arts 2015.

 

We welcome you to join us November 19-20 at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA.

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Launching Hacking Arts 2016

The time has come to pass the baton off to new leadership of Hacking Arts, MIT's own festival celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship in the creative arts. First held in 2013, Hacking Arts has experienced massive growth and achieved its mission of strengthening the creative arts community in MIT and Greater Boston. 

An extraordinarily impressive group is set to take over the leadership of Hacking Arts - get to know them below!


Helen was responsible for recruiting the wonderful Brooklyn Ballet through her Performing Arts panel, Choreographing the Future.

Helen was responsible for recruiting the wonderful Brooklyn Ballet through her Performing Arts panel, Choreographing the Future.

Helen Smith - Co-Chair

Helen is a 2017 MBA student at MIT Sloan by day, abstract expressionist painter by night. At Sloan Helen is thrilled to explore her passion for creative arts entrepreneurship and emerging technologies across MIT. She first became involved with Hacking Arts in 2015 as the Performing Arts Panel lead and enthusiastic Red Bull-ready Hackathon participant. Prior to Business School Helen was a management consultant for BCG in South East Asia and a research assistant and ballet teacher in West Africa. While pursuing her undergraduate degree in International Affairs from the University of Georgia, "Hot Skillet" Helen was also heavily involved in the student-run radio station WUOG 90.5FM as a DJ and Training Manager. 


Ric was responsible for our new look last year, creating the amazing logo and visuals used throughout the promotion of the event.

Ric was responsible for our new look last year, creating the amazing logo and visuals used throughout the promotion of the event.

Ric Lebre - Co-Chair

Ric is a Brazilian creative entrepreneur now based in Cambridge. He has worked in creative departments in almost all major advertising agencies in Sao Paulo for over a decade. In 2013 he started his own digital studio, with the goal to provide high-tech / artistic installations for events and point-of-sale. He has alway been a "maker" and on his free time he usually gets hooked on DIY projects or improving / flying his drone around. He is now part of MIT community thanks to his wife, Tamires Vilela (MIT MBA '17), and since than he gets involved as much as possible with students and clubs using his skills help all around.


The Tech Expo last year was a fan favorite - packed with innovations represented all of the creative arts fields.

The Tech Expo last year was a fan favorite - packed with innovations represented all of the creative arts fields.

Jessica Lu - Conference Chair

Jess is currently a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan. Prior to Sloan, she studied brain-computer interfaces and neuroengineering at UCLA and worked in drug development at Amgen. During her career as a scientist, she discovered her love for painting neurons and began to explore the intersection of science and art. She is also involved with the Sloan Women in Management’s Breaking the Mold Conference and the Sloan Healthcare and BioInnovations Conference. As the Tech Expo Chair for last year’s Hacking Arts, she executed her vision of creating an interactive playground representing all creative industries, and she is very excited to continue championing entrepreneurship in art and technology at MIT.


Now that the new team is in place, applications to join them are open

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Most Creative Use of the Artsy API

Artsy joined Hacking Arts in a big way in 2015 - Matthew Israel, Curator at Large moderated the Visual Arts panel and their CTO Daniel Dubrovkine served as one of our hackathon judges. Artsy also sponsored a Hackathon prize for the most creative use of their API. 

Kiran and Christina

Two MIT undergraduates took home the prize with their project, BAE "Better Art Understanding." BAE stands for Better Art Understanding and their tongue-in-cheek hack allows for anyone to sound knowledgable about art criticism; using the Artsy API these two Course 6 students were able to scan works of art and automatically generate commentary that would allow you to keep up with even the most devoted art history buffs. 

They won a trip to an Artsy onsite event in NYC, Artsy NYC office tour and $200 subsidized team travel.

If you're feeling inspired, you can access the Artsy API right here! 

 

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The Auro-3D Experience

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The Auro-3D Experience

The future of sound with Auro-3d

We were lucky to be joined by Auro-3D, a pioneer of 3D sound. Auro-3D is a next generation audio format that delivers a full three-dimensional soundspread capable of reproducing natural acoustic space.

Check out this image that Auro displayed at our Tech Expo that explains how their technology uniquely layers sound: 

Normal audio only achieves the Surround Layer - but when the Height and Top layers are included, you truly feel immersed. Visitors to the Conference got a taste of the tech during our Tech Expo. 

But the real experience required a bit more setup - Auro-3D also created a special listening room in our auditorium for the hackers. The listening room displayed the full power of 3D audio: you could hear a dog barking behind you, and plane flying overhead, or (as in the case below) the full reverberation of a chorus singing in a cathedral. 

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FOUNDER.org Grand Prize Winner: Inside Art

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FOUNDER.org Grand Prize Winner: Inside Art

What does it mean to go Inside Art?

Check out the presentation the Inside Art team shared at our hackathon that won them first place! 

Reimagine the classics with Inside Art - the ability to step inside famous paintings and explore them in new ways. 

Inside Art was created with the API provided by IMVU, an online metaverse and website that allows users to create 3D worlds. You can read more about it on the IMVU blog, link below:

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Le Laboratoire: The Trouble With Jellyfish

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Le Laboratoire: The Trouble With Jellyfish

Hacking Arts is lucky to have an amazing group of partners who help make the event successful year after year.

This year, we are especially thankful for a new partner right here in Kendall, Le Laboratoire. Just a few blocks away from MIT Sloan and the Media Lab, Le Laboratoire is an imaginative gallery space run by David Edwards, a Harvard professor, inventor, and entrepreneur.

We partnered with Le Laboratoire to host our VIP Thank You event for all our Panelists, Moderators, Hackathon Mentors & Judges, and the Sponsors who help make the event possible. All VIP guests were welcomed to Le Laboratoire's "Experiment #20: The Trouble with Jellyfish."

Learn more about the Experiment below and visit before it closes! 

PS: We suggest you pop next door to Cafe ArtScience for a bite to eat; Cafe ArtScience offers a truly decadent sensory experience!


The Trouble with Jellyfish

Mark Dion with Lisa-ann Gershwin

September 18, 2015- January 2, 2016

"The Trouble with Jellyfish, a contemporary art installation by Mark Dion.  Across the world’s seas, jellyfish blooms of impressive magnitude are signaling ecological disturbances and a dramatic deterioration of the marine environment.  While these troubles are beginning to garner public attention, what to do remains unclear. Mark Dion, working with students in David Edwards’ Harvard University class, and the marine biologist Lisa-ann Gershwin, decided to do an experiment.

This exhibition, the 20th experiment of Le Laboratoire, explores jellyfish as seen historically through culture, the marine biological challenges associated with jellyfish and degrading ocean biodiversity, the notion of a dead zone and our roles in their global emergence, and what, if anything, we might do to move toward a saner and safer ocean environment tomorrow.  

The Trouble with Jellyfish is sponsored in part by the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with the New England Aquarium."

Learn more here.

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