Waag Society - Amsterdam
28 - 29 March 2014

Are you interested in what happens at the intersection of art and information technology? Discuss, experience and co-create with leading artists, technologists and thought leaders during our ICT and Art Connect event: Economies of Art and Technology Collaboration: Politics, Ethics, Power and Propaganda.

Bringing together of art and technology takes place under the assumption that it leads to better art and better technology that is, above all, more human centered. This holds economic promise, as human centered technologies have increased market potential. The arts are now being asked to look beyond traditional forms of public funding and make a case for their ‘value’. This event will critically interrogate these assumptions and look at ways in which artists and technologists can develop successful collaborations which are viable and sustainable.

Our keynote speakers give talks about their work, careers and experiences around the theme. At the same time we host practical activities and opportunities to network and develop collaborations. Harlan Levey talks about his perspective from the commercial gallery sector and working with the EU. Mitch Altman explains how to make a living from doing what you love and how he split from Makerfaire because they accepted funding by DARPA (US Defence Dept). Matt Adams is part of the international artists group Blast Theory and speaks about art & money following his fascinating blog post

Symposium program

Presentations and discussion around themes such as the issues and benefits of collaboration, autonomy vs. commercial interests, interaction, politics and new economical principles.

Lucas Evers – Waag Society, The Netherlands (introduction)

Gerfried Stocker – director Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria (remote presentation)

Matt Adams – Blast Theory, London, England

Edwin van de Heide – artist, Leiden Institute for Advanced Computer Science (LIACS), Leiden, Netherlands

Mitch Altman – Founder of Noisebridge Hackspace, Cornfield Electronics and co-founder of the first Makerfaire, San Francisco, US

Harlan Levey – HBL projects, Brussels, Belgium

Jacco van Uden – Lector Change Management at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Hague, Netherlands

Moderated by Anna Dumitriu and Lucas Evers (Waag Society)


Luciana Haill – Augmented consciousness 

Luciana Haill is an artist using portable brainwave monitoring technology to record brainwaves (EEG) in non-clinical environments. She augments live (EEG) during different Altered states of consciousness (ASC) into amplified sensory installations, these include trance, Flicker-induced hallucinations, meditation and Lucid Dreaming.

Edwin vd Heide, Michka Melo, Mitch Altman and more.

Day two will build on the discussions from day one, and feature more keynote speakers, as well as including plenty of time for debates, discussion, networking and advice on developing collaborations. You will also be able to participate in Mitch Altman’s famous “Soldering is Easy” workshop where you will learn expert techniques from the master hardware hacker and create your own interactive ‘Trippy RGB’ waves from kits available thank to Mitch Altman

About ICT & Art Connect

ICT & Art Connect sets out to bring together artists and technologists to explore new ways of working. Collaborative acts of co-creation, together with an open and multidisciplinary discussion, will foster the bringing together of art and technology. The initiative stems from the EU FP7 funded support action FET-Art, addressing the FET (Future Emerging Technologies) objective of the FP7 ICT Theme.