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Wednesday, May 4


Midnight Moment
Times Square Alliance Creative Director Sherry Dobbin, Ironik Design & Post's Sean Stall, American Eagle's Dave Taylor and Times Square Advertising Coalition’s Fred Rosenberg discuss the creative and technological challenges of realizing the Midnight Moment.


Sherry Dobbin

Times Square Alliance, Times Square Alliance
Sherry Dobbin is the Creative Director & Director of Times Square Arts at the Times Square Alliance. Since February 2012, she has developed programs for Times Square’s electronic billboards, public plazas, vacant areas, popular venues, and online platforms. Ms. Dobbin brings over... Read More →

Fred Rosenberg

Senior Vice President of Operations, Sherwood Equities
Fred Rosenberg, has spent more than two decades as senior vice president of operations at real estate owner and developer Sherwood Equities. Since joining Sherwood in 1995, and Rosenberg has overseen the firms real estate leasing, management, and acquisitions ever since. Among the... Read More →

Sean Stall

Owner and Lead Artist, Ironik Design & Post
Ironik is Connecticut's premier graphic design and post production company. Situated in Avon, CT, Ironik extends it's reach worldwide, working with some of the largest advertising agencies and Networks. Our staff is comprised of award-winning talent whose experience ranges from national... Read More →

Dave Taylor

Digital Signage, American Eagle
In the past I have worked on many different types of Projects in the AV and Broadcast field. Starting out doing Installation Work and Project Management for large Fortune 500 companies. Some of highlights include the sound system in Giant Stadium, The AT&T Global NOC in Bedminster... Read More →

Wednesday May 4, 2016 10:15am - 11:00am
Clemente Center 107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002


How We Do What We Do, Financially
As tech-based artists the work we produce generally requires relatively expensive equipment: projectors, computers, cameras, special software, audio equipment, TVs, sensors, custom fabricated parts, etc. Where does the money come from? This panel discussion brings together artists from different backgrounds who will talk about how they get the time and money to pursue their art, all while paying rent in New York City. 

website: how-we-do-this-shit.com

Eric Corriel, artist + professor + web developer, moderator
Rune Madsen, full time artist 
Caitlin Morris, artist + interaction developer
Kelani Nichole, director of TRANSFER gallery + UX designer
Marius Watz, artist 

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Eric Corriel

artist, faculty, School of Visual Arts
Currently living in Brooklyn, Eric takes the urban landscape as a medium in which to create site-specific video installations in the public realm. He teaches interaction design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he is also Lead Web Designer and Developer.www.eri... Read More →
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Kelani Nichole

Owner, Transfer
TRANSFER is an exhibition space that explores the friction between networked studio practice and its physical instantiation. I own the gallery and direct our programming and monthly exhibitions, supporting a community of artists working with emerging computer-based practice. The... Read More →
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Marius Watz

Artist, Marius Watz
Marius Watz (NO) is an artist working with generative software processes, focusing synthesis of form as the product of parametric behaviors. He is known for abstract geometrical forms, with outputs ranging from pure software works to public projections and physical objects produced... Read More →

Wednesday May 4, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Clemente Center 107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002


POST-PRIVACY: Is privacy becoming a thing of the past?
The Post Privacy panel discussion is part of the programing activities of Beautiful Interfaces: the privacy paradox, an exhibition curated by Helena Acosta and Miyö Van Stenis. Beautiful Interfaces is a new media art exhibition accessible via a wireless network from hacked wifi routers, which are not connected to the Internet. The panel will be focused on the concept of post-privacy. Is privacy becoming a thing of the past? Datafication as a phenomenon has been spreading into every nook of our daily lives; today our existence has a reflection in a digital grid where almost every movement leaves a footprint that can be tracked, and pointed. Does this reality make us more vulnerable to the eyes of evolving power agencies? In this permeable context, what counter surveillance strategies can we rely on? Researcher Christian Heller has coined the term "post-privacy" to define the dissolution of privacy in the digital age, as a way to capture what might be an inescapable change in the privacy paradigm. As technological progress gains momentum, our interaction with digital tools becomes increasingly recurrent, not only in the way we interact with our governments and authorities, but also in our personal lives. Technology has become an extension of our identities. Panelists will discuss the concept of privacy and overexposed behaviors in the digital age. They are invited to explore these questions: is the protection of privacy a lost battle? What methods can we use to deal with a potential post-privacy data model? Can we envision surveillance, or privacy, working symmetrically between power structures and civilians? Is this an utopian assumption? The discussion will be moderated by curator Helena Acosta, and feature Dan Phiffer (artist/programmer), Lior Zalmanson (writer/curator), Jennifer Lyn Morone (artist) and Miyö Van Stenis (curator/artist) as panelists.

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Director of Programming, REVERSE
REVERSE is a non profit, multidisciplinary art space with an emphasis on new and experimental forms of expression. Run by artists, our mission is to support innovative and boundary breaking projects that foster dialogue and artistic collaboration at the intersection of art, science... Read More →

Wednesday May 4, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Clemente Center 107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002
Thursday, May 5


App Art : a new medium
App Art is a new medium of art in the form of software apps created and distributed by artists across mobile device platforms, such as iOS and Android. This panel will discuss and explore the nascent movement and its evolution since 2008, sharing examples of past and current work and the connectivity to past art movements.


Seth Carnes, Artist, co-founder of +ArtApp and creator of Poetics app
Paulina Bebecka, Director, Postmasters Gallery and co-founder of +ArtApp
Roddy Schrock, Director, Eyebeam
Megan Newcome, Digital Art Auctions, Phillips
Joshue Ott, Artist, creator of Thicket and Variant apps

The discussion will include the recent petition by +ArtApp requesting that Apple create an Art category for all arts-centered apps worldwide.  The petition has over 13,000 signers, with support from The Warhol Museum, Artsy, Phillips Auction House, Kickstarter, DeviantArt, ArtStack, Saatchi Art and many more artists and art organizations.  Please see the site for more information:


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Paulina Bebecka

Co Founder, +ArtApp
Co-founder of +ArtApp, an organization dedicated to exploration, research and development of the history and future of art apps. Director of Postmasters Gallery, a NYC staple dedicated to supporting art reflective of our time since 1984.
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Seth Indigo Carnes

Seth Indigo Carnes is an artist whose work explores the boundaries of contemporary culture: high/low, private/public, self/group, nature/machine. His latest projects include Poetics, a visual poetry app, and +ArtApp, an organization researching and expanding knowledge around the... Read More →
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The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center

The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center Inc. (The Clemente) is a Puerto Rican/Latino cultural institution that has demonstrated a broad-minded cultural vision and a collaborative philosophy. While the Clemente’s mission is focused on the cultivation, presentation... Read More →
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Joshue Ott

Principal, Interval Studios
Interactive Artwork Ambient Electronic Music OpenGL Mobile Applications
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Roddy Schrock

Executive Director, Eyebeam
In addition to his work at Eyebeam, Roddy is an active digital artist, having presented work at the Kennedy Center for the Arts, SFMoMA, Super Deluxe (Tokyo), RedCat Theater, Hammer Museum (Los Angeles). He has toured, spoken, and curated widely. His essays have been published by... Read More →

Thursday May 5, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am
Clemente Center 107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002


Panel: Do Androids Dream? Deep Visual Abstraction from Artificial Neural Networks
************ UPDATE May 6 ********
Go to https://github.com/DoAndroidsDream for presentations and additional resources

Astonishing images, activated from deep inside machine learning models, lead us to speculate about the roots of human visual imagination.

This panel will survey leading edge applications and research directions, summarize open source tools and resources, and explore how our understanding of human visual experience may be furthered.

This panel will be comprised of experts in visual arts and sciences, including animal and computer vision researchers, art historians and visual design practitioners and/or academics.

An intense curiosity about science and human experience is the only pre-requisite for attending this panel.


In New York in the 1980s, inspired by biological models of primate animal vision, Yann LeCun developed Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs), a machine learning technique that enabled fast, robust and practical automated image and speech recognition.

Now, thirty years later, with computing power far cheaper and faster, very deep and flexible CNNs are routinely learning to categorize vast varieties and quantities of images and videos on the Web.

Deep CNNs learn by applying simple rules over and over again to training inputs consisting of enormous sets of images and metadata. While deep CNNs routinely produce easy to understand and useful outputs, the full nature of their inner workings were, until recently, considered by most scientists to be beyond the reach of human understanding. This transcendent [unfathomable] property of CNNs was thought to be a necessary consequence of the probabilistic nature of the inputs and the explosive [exponential] complexity of repeating the inner-most steps billions of times in seemingly random order.

Then, unexpectedly, in 2012, Andrew Y. Ng, then at Stanford, along with Google scientists reported finding a somewhat abstract image of a cat buried deep within a deep learning machine model that had been running on 16,000 computers [1]. The remarkable thing was that the computer training, . .

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Gizem Küçükoğlu

PhD Candidate in Psychology, NYU
I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. at NYU with a focus on human vision. My research focuses on trying to answer questions like how does human visual system process the 3D world, colors, light in the environment and surface materials. I have a background in Computer Science so I am interested... Read More →

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Nicholas Lambert

Head of Research, Ravensbourne, London
Dr Nick Lambert is Head of Research at Ravensbourne. Nick’s interests revolve around the digital medium and its application in contemporary art and visual culture. Through this, he engages with questions about the boundary between “fine” and “applied” arts, design and interfaces... Read More →
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Gene Miller

Principal Consultant, DVI Science Ltd
Mathematician, Statistician.
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Cassidy Williams

Software Engineer & Developer Evangelist, Clarifai
Cassidy is a software engineer and developer evangelist at Clarifai.  She's worked for Venmo, Intuit, Microsoft, and General Mills, and graduated with a computer science degree from Iowa State University in 2014.  She's had the honor of working with various organizations, including... Read More →
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Dr. Matthew Zeiler

Founder & CEO, Clarifai
Matthew Zeiler is an expert in the field of neural networks and Founder and CEO of Clarifai. After having learned from pioneers of neural networks including Geoff Hinton and Yann LeCun he started Clarifai in November 2013 upon completion of his PhD from New York University. He set... Read More →

Thursday May 5, 2016 4:45pm - 5:30pm
Clemente Center 107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002
Saturday, May 7


Conversations with Electroacoustic Composers
Dr. Margaret Schedel will run a panel with distinguished composers of electronic music who have been featured at the NYCEMF in the past. We will first play a short introductory video then host the panel discussion leaving time for Q&A. Afterwards we will have some micro-performances, 1-4 minute pieces which show the variety of music we produce from acousmatic (fixed media), to interactive (using a combination of acoustic instruments and computers), to live coding (programming computers to create sound during the performance while the audience watches), to multimedia installations (we will have one in the room for people to explore before and after the panel). We would prefer the weekend if possible, most of our panelists will be professors and it will be easier to schedule. Once we have a time I'll contact a mixture of people ensuring a balanced panel which includes underrepresented groups.


David Reeder

Composer-Founder, Mobile Sound
David Reeder combines software design with music composition, sound invention and inter-media installations.  He is co-organizer of NYC SuperCollider, serves on the executive steering committee of the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF) and is co-founder of the NYCEMS.  His wo... Read More →
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Margaret Schedel

Associate Professor, Stony Brook University
nycemf, electro-acoustic music, interactive media, indie games, signification, max/msp, online teaching, moocs

Saturday May 7, 2016 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Clemente Center 107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002