Exhibition “Art & Technology: Art as Insight”

Exhibition “Art & Technology: Art as Insight”

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Opening: Sat 25 Aug 2018, 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Exhibition: 25 Aug – 07 Sep 2018, 10 am – 5 pm (close on Mondays and public holidays)
Heritage Space
6 Nguyen Hoang, My Dinh 2, Nam Tu Liem, Ha Noi

From Heritage Space:

Heritage Space is honored to introduce ‘Art & Technology : Art as Insight’ – An experimental exhibition curated by Katherina Huong Nguyen exploring intersections of knowledge and art — objects and designs that are beautiful but also represent amazing technological innovations, that inspire reflection and new discoveries for the viewer, art as a powerful conduit of learning.

Too often, technology is seen as the path to the future and art as a path to the past, when in reality they are constantly intersecting, often enabling the way forward for each other. Some of our most essential technologies and engineering advancements were invented by artists, inspired by art, or built upon techniques first honed in the art realm. Carefully balanced lines, curves, and forms became the plans for engineering marvels which in turn became the foundation of societies while the study of art yields new learnings about how people lived and leveraged the technologies of their time. We find ourselves in a cyclical pursuit of knowledge and beauty through the eras.

This unique debut exhibition, curated by San Francisco based design-technologist Katherina Huong Nguyen, circles on this topic, exploring the potential harmony between art and technologies in modern day: Art as a lens to view technologies, as a facilitator of technological understanding innovation, art that leverages technology to amplify its vision and ability to lend insight, technology that scales the creative process, and/or art re-adapting technological artifacts as a new form of future communication. The talented artists in this exhibition all intimately wield technology to express their vision, expanding the limits of what can be seen, sensed, and experienced, and sometimes, even entrust the creative process to the inner machine eye. Their artworks each poses a different contemplation for the audience towards insight in three areas: insight through creativity of the machine eye and scaled computational intelligence, insight through sensory experiences and contemplation of the environment, and insight through the science of light and beauty of internal universes.

From design perception frameworks used to program AI to innovative new techniques in revitalizing old media to powerful tools re-adapted as an extension of our senses in contemplation of natural wonders – come join a journey of contemplation, curiosity, delight, and discovery across a range of bold new forms of technology art media. The artworks and interactive installation experiences hope to introduce the potential of new and old technologies for future creators, inspire appreciation for the arts as a natural sandbox to encourage technology experimentation, and encourage discussion around how we can build a future where arts and technology are more intertwined and equally cherished as fundamental to human progress.

Artists & Technologies / Media Featured in the Show:

Asst. Professor @ Harvard Graduate School of Design, Co-founder of Certain Measures
“—HORIZON—” | Projection video, neural network and tensorflow algorithms trained on architectural images

Asst. Professor of Art & Media Technology @ Parsons School of Design, Co-founder of TheGreenEyl,
“Ground Truth” | Digital Print, computer vision recognition software

Industrial designer & engineer, Carnegie Mellon, IBM
“Nasa” & “The Machinery of Heaven” | Digital Prints of computationally generated models for 3D printing

Film maker, teacher, researcher, MIT Media Lab, Open Documentary Lab
“scubascapes” | Interactive mobile VR experience on Google Daydream

Concert pianist & producer, Julliard School, Ecole Normale Superior de Musique
“SEAS: Awaken” & “Isostasy” | Mixed media music performance, digital sound foot pedals

Composer, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, UCSD PhD candidate in Music Composition
“flying dinosaurs” | Mixed sound & movement live radio wave composition

Mixed media visual artist, UCSD MFA Visual Arts Art History
“Micro.glia” | Projection media & sound, scientific camera apparatus

Artist scientist engineer, MIT Media Lab Neurosynthetic Biology Group
“Irradiance” & “Pixel Abstractions” | Light sculpting and nanotechnology photography techniques

Artist scientist engineer, MIT Media Lab Neurosynthetic Biology Group
“Expanding Our View of Life” | Nanotechnology, scientific camera apparatus

About the curator:

Katherina Huong Nguyen is a designer / engineer who is currently exploring the museum space with a keen interest in the potential of leveraging technologies to promote and better understand the world’s rich art heritage. While she is a new curator, her passion for the potential of arts and technology is rooted in her childhood in the heart of Silicon Valley growing up alongside the rise of the early tech industry, a liberal arts education, and years of experience running a software design consultancy immersed in the innovative startup ecosystem. Later, her time in Cambridge getting to know and collaborate with colleagues in the arts and engineering community there inspired the theme of this exhibition. Katherina graduated with a major Science, Technology, and Society from Stanford University where she was active in encouraging arts education in the community. ‘Art & Technology : Art as Insight’ is her debut curatorial production, both to celebrate the beautiful relationship between art and technology and to explore the potential of digital media technologies in facilitating distributed curation experiences across borders.

NOTE: In order to give our best reception on the Opening’s Exhibition tour guided by curator and artists, online registration is required. Light food and beverages will be provided.

Click here to register

Heritage Space is a combination of an art gallery, a library, a concert hall, co-working office, residency space, artist studios and some open-stages, which has the capacity to host art exhibitions, music events, educational programs, multi-creative forms, artist-in-residency programs and others. Run by a group of curators, artists, researchers, musicians and architects, Heritage Space’s mission is to become a HUB for individuals and groups working on multi-disciplines from both inside and outside of the country to support and develop the creative industries in Vietnam.

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Heritage Space
1st Floor, Dolphin Plaza
6 Nguyen Hoang (for car) | 28 Tran Binh (for bike), My Dinh 2, Hanoi
Tel: 024 6254 3319 – Hotline: 090 282 6769
Email: [email protected]
Website: heritagespace.com
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Opening: 10 am – 5 pm, Tuesday to Sunday


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