Speculative Data and the Creative Imaginary

Speculative Data and the Creative Imaginary:
Shared Visions between Art and Technology

June 4 - August 24, 2007

National Academy of Sciences Rotunda Gallery
2100 C Street N.W., Washington D.C.

Curator: Pamela Jennings

For more information about the exhibition and catalog:
Opening Night Photographs: http://studio416.cfa.cmu.edu (select the "Speculative Data…" exhibition links on the home page)

Complementing the ACM Creativity and Cognition Conference themes: cultivating creative minds; sustaining creative communities; and promoting creative engagement, the works in this exhibition illustrate the breadth of creative digital media that impact interdisciplinary practices across the arts, science and technology research. This exhibition features interactive computer installations, large format digital prints, and wearable technology, representing a confluence of technology research and creativity that include the visual arts, design, architecture, performance, science, technology and engineering. The exhibited works share a common trajectory of exploring speculative inquiries, imaginary scenarios and real-time phenomenon from outer space to cyberspace; multi-dimensional space to urban space; public space to virtually embodied space; ecological space to social space.

This exhibition is dedicated to outgoing National Academy of Engineering President William A. Wulf, in recognition of his many years of support for the arts program at the National Academies in Washington D.C. Contributors to this exhibition include: Nell Breyer, Sheldon Brown, Donna Cox, Roger Dannenberg (opening night), Ernest Edmonds, Tiffany Holmes, Pamela Jennings, Greg Judelman and Maria Lantin, George Legrady, Marcos Novak, Sabrina Raaf, Bill Seaman, Thecla Schiphorst, Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau, and Martin Wattenberg.

Special Presentation Event at the National Academy of Sciences Gallery Auditorium Thursday, July 12, 2007

Film Screening of "Robert Rauschenberg’s - Open Score" with special Introduction by producer Julie Martin
Reception: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Film Screening: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

In 1966, 10 New York artists worked with 30 engineers and scientists from the Bell Telephone Laboratories to create groundbreaking performances that incorporated new technology. They used video projection, wireless sound transmission, and Doppler sonar – technologies that are commonplace today but that had never been seen in the art of the 1960s. Julie Martin, producer of the "9 Evenings" DVD series, will discuss the film series as well as the 1966 event that was the first large-scale collaboration between artists, engineers, and scientists. Open Score is co-produced by E.A.T. and ARTPIX and distributed by Microcinema International.

Opening Event: Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Exhibition Viewing 6:00-8:00 PM
Performance and ACM Creativity and Cognition Opening Panel 8:00 – 9:00 PM
Performance by Roger Dannenberg
Panel Discussion "Bridging Art and Science with Creativity Support Tools" with Rita Colwell (University of Maryland), Sara Diamond (Ontario College of Art and Design), Paul Greenhalgh (Corcoran Gallery of Art), and Dr. William Wulf (National Academy of Engineering)

Press Releases:
Speculative_Data Press Release.pdf
Rauschenberg_Open_Score Press Release.pdf