Art in the 21st Century

Host Organization: Town Hall Seattle


Technology is disrupting every industry in some way, shape, or form. This is even true of the arts community. Augmented and Virtual Reality are playing a large role in the visual arts, music, dramatic arts, and even in the written word. As we look forward into the 21st century, we ask ourselves–what will art look like in future generations? How will it be produced? How will it be appreciated? How will it be valued?

Many aspects of human existence are being infiltrated by technology—even the art world. Advances such as Virtual Reality are playing a larger role in the visual arts, music, dramatic arts, and even in the written word. Town Hall joins forces with the MIT Enterprise Forum to present a panel of artists and musicians who have infused their work with technology. This panel comes together to discuss what art will look like to future generations and explore the ways the evolving convergence of art and technology is challenging us to think about art in new ways.

Can an artist use Augmented Reality to expand our definition of art? Can a composer convey information through music? Through live performance, video, discussion, and a pop-up art gallery with Music-Scape ambience, these Seattle artists invite us to take part in an experience that humanizes the beginning of the digitization of the arts.

Panelists include: Seattle artist Ginny Ruffner, award-winning orchestral and choral composer Allan Loucks, and machine learning researcher Mike Tyka. The evening’s conversation is moderated by best-selling author, award-winning journalist, and national TV contributor Bob Rosner.

The evening will also include a social hour before the discussion from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.

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