Art and Technology
in partnership with
Nokia Bell Labs
The partnership between NEW INC and Nokia Bell Labs’ Experiments in Art Technology (E.A.T.) program fosters collaborative projects that engage newly emerging technologies such as robots, machine learning, and biometrics. The partnership has supported a residency program, and beginning next year, will also support a focus track at NEW INC.
The E.A.T. Residency engages three artists from the NEW INC community to work in residence at the storied Bell Labs campus in New Jersey. Selected artists work with Bell Labs engineers over the course of a year, and at the conclusion present a prototype for an artwork that merges their artistic practice with an area of scientific research being explored at Bell Labs. The resulting projects may be showcased in non-traditional arts venues, with a goal to explore platforms beyond the museum gallery.
At the conclusion of the first year of the partnership in 2018, all three resident artists were commissioned to develop an original artwork based on their prototype. The three commissions were presented at "Only Human," an exhibition at Mana Contemporary — Here’s a video reflecting on the Year 1 residency. Additionally, Lisa Park's Blooming, which was developed as part of the Year 1 residency, was exhibited as an official selection of the 2019 SXSW Art Program.
YEAR 2 RESIDENTS
YEAR 1 RESIDENTS
Sougwen Chung’s artistic practice spans installation, sculpture, still image, drawing, and performance. Her ongoing collaborations with a drawing robot explore the difference between handmade and machine-made marks to understand the interaction between humans and computers.
Lisa Park is a performance artist who strives to create intimate environments and experiences that trigger emotional states and meditative reflections in viewers. She has explored themes of vulnerability, self-control, and confrontation by integrating biometric sensors into her work.
HAMMERSTEP is a collective that uses choreography, technology, and nontraditional audience engagement to tell new stories through theater and dance. They are currently developing an immersive theater production called Indigo Grey that invites the audience to become a part of the action.