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Tech+Art

By Tech+Art
Tech+Art is the community for curious individuals and creators who are looking to make a dent in the universe.

Together, we’re exploring the new frontiers of creativity, humanity and how emerging technologies will continue to shape our culture, professions, products - and much more!

Join us on this journey as we speak with artists, makers, researchers, designers and creators from all backgrounds and fields.

Tech+Art is an inclusive community and we make all our content for you!

So we want to hear from you! You can check us out at MakeTechArt.com or @ MakeTechArt everywhere else!
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Sofia Crespo, Generative Artist | Tech+Art
Sofia Crespo is a generative artist working with neural networks and machine learning models - effectively blending these new technologies with biology-inspired concepts to produce incredibly unique outputs. One of Sofia’s main focuses areas and underlying thesis, is the way organic life uses artificial mechanisms to simulate itself and evolve, implying that technologies are a biased product of the organic life that created them and not a completely separated object. She is also passionate about creativity and the changing role of artists who are working with machine learning techniques. I highly recommend checking out her work and resources online - as always, all resources are in the show notes below. Sofia's Website Sofia's Twitter Sofia's Instagram ML4A School of Machines ML5js.org P5js.org As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
21:31
June 11, 2020
Vera van de Seyp, Designer & Creative Coder | Tech+Art
Today we’re speaking with Vera Van de Seyp, a designer and creative coder currently based in Amsterdam. Through her work and projects, Vera explores how new technologies and digital tools are able to push media forward. She joins us to share insights from her work, her process for building rule based, creative systems and much more. I highly recommend checking out her work and resources online - as always, all resources are in the show notes below. Vera's Website Vera's Twitter Vera's Instagram Hello World Project Design / Research Club Project #2 GAN Album Art The Coding Train Tim Rodenbroken RNDR As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
23:02
May 21, 2020
Sakchin Bessette, Co-Founder & Executive Creative Director, Moment Factory | Tech+Art
Sakchin Bessette is the Co-Founder and Executive Creative Director of Moment Factory, a new breed of studio that has been pushing the boundaries of of several industries in order to create some of the most imaginative public experiences the world has ever seen. Since its inception in 2001, Moment Factory has created more than 400 unique shows and destinations. Productions span the globe and includes clients like the NFL, Microsoft, Sony, Madonna and more! Sakchin joins us to share his story, perspective on the evolution of the industry, a glimpse at their creative process and much more! I highly recommend checking out Moment Factory online: Website Twitter Instagram As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
20:45
May 14, 2020
Tim Rodenbroker, Creative Coder | Tech+Art
Today we’re speaking with Tim Rodenbroker, a designer, musician and media-artist from Paderborn, Germany. After graduating from the Münster School of Design, Tim discovered Creative Coding and has been pursuing it in countless projects ever since, constantly pushing into “unexplored territories”. He joins us to share some of his perspectives and learnings, why his passion is centred around teaching creative coding to students, and much more. I highly recommend checking out his work online: Website Twitter Instagram As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
20:01
April 30, 2020
Lee Jones, Researcher & Creator | Tech+Art
Today we’re joined by Lee Jones, a researcher at Carleton University’s Creative Interactions Lab. Lee is pursuing her PhD there and exploring topics related to wearables, e-textiles and co-design. She’s also a prolific creator and routinely delivers workshops around her work for the public. Lee has create easy-to-use, e-textile prototyping kits for one of these workshops called ElectroStitches. She’s also been a fellow at Open Style Lab in NYC & is currently doing a virtual artist-in-residency with Daimon. I highly recommend checking out her work online: Website Instagram As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
26:07
April 23, 2020
Joanne Hastie, Artist & Engineer | Tech+Art
Today we’re speaking with Joanne Hastie, a Canadian artist & engineer based in Vancouver. Joanne’s focus is in using technology to be more creative. In her current work she uses robotics, programming, AI and paint to create art. Joanne has over a decade she worked as an R&D Engineer in various small companies while painting on evenings and weekends. She kept both careers very separate - until they suddenly collided just a few years ago. She taught herself python and dove right in. I highly recommend checking out her work online: Website Instagram As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
21:27
April 16, 2020
Lysandre Follet, Computational Design Director, Nike Innovation | Tech+Art
Today we’re speaking with Lysandre Follet, the Computational Design Director at Nike’s Innovation Kitchen. Originally from France, Lysandre is a musician, designer and maker exploring the combination of technology & design. Throughout this episode, we explored the benefits of passion projects from idea to delivery, the importance of improvisation, and the power behind computational design for creators and commercialization alike. I highly recommend checking out his work online: Website Instagram Vimeo As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
23:01
April 9, 2020
Travis Kirton, Founder & Director, Flow | Tech+Art
Today we're speaking with Travis Kirton, the founder and director of Flow, a powerful animation tool that generates code. Travis has an extensive career in the creative technology space working at pioneering institutions such The Ars Electronica Futurelab and The Banff Centre for the Arts. Previously, Travis built C4 an open-source creative coding framework for artists and designers. He is also a Principle at Logic&Form, a studio that designs and builds interactive experiences. We had an incredible conversation about the challenges surrounding the type of work that can be done with creative technology, his path through the industry building C4 and now Flow, and much more. Website Twitter As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
32:49
April 2, 2020
Shirley Wu, Software Engineer & Data Visualization Freelancer | Tech+Art
Shirley Wu is an award-winning creative focused on data-driven art and visualizations. Shirley joins us to share her story, her insight into the data visualization process, how the industry has evolved and been shaped as it continues to grow, her collaboration on the DataSketch|es project, and much more! I highly recommend checking out her work online by visiting her site in the show notes below: Website Twitter Medium Data Sketch|es Data Visualization Society NYU's ITP One Amongst Many As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
28:48
March 26, 2020
Kyle Phillips, Creative Technologist | Tech+Art
Today we’re chatting with Kyle Phillips, a Creative Technologist blending design and development to create projects related to generative art and creative tooling. Kyle is part of Google’s Creative Lab in NYC woking on technology experiments like Teachable Machine. Kyle and I had an awesome conversation about his creative process and what it’s like building tools for creatives and much more! I definitely recommend checking out his work by visiting his site in the show notes below or at Haptic-data.com Website Twitter As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
23:52
March 19, 2020
Dasha Ilina & Benjamin Gaulon, No School Nevers | Tech+Art
Today we’re speaking with Dasha Ilina & Benjamin Gaulon - the co-founders of No School Nevers - an international summer school, held in Nevers in France, aimed at students, artists, designers, makers, hackers, activists and educators. Dasha & Ben are also independent artists & creators outside of No School Nevers. Dasha’s work explores the relationship we develop with the digital devices we use on a daily basis, specifically in regards to the human body - primarily centering around the concepts of care and technology. Benjamin has previously released work under the name "recyclism". His research & work focuses on the limits and failures of information and communication technologies; planned obsolescence, consumerism and disposable society; ownership and privacy; hacking and recycling and more. His work spans several mediums and formats. I definitely recommend exploring each of their profiles in greater detail and checking out No School Nevers! No School Nevers Website Twitter Instagram Dasha Ilina Website Twitter Benjamin Gaulon Website Twitter As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
26:26
March 12, 2020
Patrik Hübner, Generative Designer | Tech + Art
Today we’re speaking with Patrik Hübner, an interdisciplinary designer who uses “creative algorithms” to explore fresh and meaningful stories at the intersection of design, art and data. By applying new and experimental techniques of data-driven creativity to his work with generative and interactive design systems and programming languages, he develops opportunities for brands and cultural institutions to set themselves apart by telling unique and meaningful stories. Drawing from a rich background of 10+ years as a Creative Director for leading national and international brands, he nowadays constantly crosses the boundaries of art and design by researching emerging opportunities in branding, storytelling and human interaction. He has worked with many leading international agencies and his work has won global recognition and numerous international and German design awards - including two D&AD pencils, a Creative Pool Award, World Brand Design Award, RedDot Design Award, German Design Award Special, ADC award, any many more. His self-initiated work has been showcased in the context of design festivals, audio-reactive live-performances and interactive experiences – including the Digital Design Days/OFFF (Milan), re:publica (Berlin), JSNation Conference (Amsterdam), Platine Festival for digital art (Cologne), APT Expanding Systems (London), Berlin Leuchtet Festival (Berlin), Reset Festival for experimental culture (Muenster), Marta Museum for Art, Architecture and Design (Herford) and many more. I definitely recommend checking out his incredible work online at: Website Twitter Instagram Generative Design - Intro [video] As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
32:58
February 27, 2020
Anna Henson, XR + Immersive Design Research | Tech+Art
Today we’re chatting with Anna Henson, an artist and researcher who’s focused on spacial computing and immersive experiences. Anna’s work focuses on studying and surfacing the human side of technology - specifically how embodiment and social interaction design within new and emerging spatial computing technologies and immersive experiences is changing our relationship with each other, with technology and with the companies that are behind these new tools. We had a very compelling conversation about technology, creativity and the important of a multidisciplinary community in this rapidly emerging industry. I definitely recommend checking out her incredible work online at: Website Twitter As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
32:25
February 20, 2020
Lauren Cason, XR Creative Director | Tech+Art
Today we’re chatting with Lauren Cason, the XR Creative Director at Meow Wolf. Lauren is pushing the boundaries of physical, experiential installations with emerging technologies at Meow Wolf, an immersive experience company based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. If you haven’t heard of the group before be sure to checkout the links in the show notes or visit MeowWolf.com Lauren is also a talent creator, designer her own really impressive AR filters. She was previously Apple, part of the team that shipped the widely popular Monument Valley 2 game and a Forbes 30 under 30 recipient. I definitely recommend checking out her incredible work online at: Website Twitter As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
24:07
February 13, 2020
Anna Fusté, HCI Researcher & Creative Technologist | Tech+Art
Today we're speaking with Anna Fusté, a creative technologist and HCI researcher. Anna joins us to share her story as a creative technologist and researcher - a journey that’s included time with creative agency, being a part of Google Creative Lab, studying at MIT’s Media Lab and now focusing on R&D at PTC with their Reality Lab. Anna shares her insights around creating amazing experiences and creative projects through simple prototyping techniques. She is the creator of a really cool platform called HyperCubes - an augmented reality platform to help children understand computational concepts drawn from their physical surroundings. I definitely recommend checking out her incredible work online at: Website Twitter Vimeo As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
27:08
February 6, 2020
Alexis Andre, Artist & Researcher | Tech+Art
Today we’re joined by Alexis André, a researcher at Sony’s Computer Science Laboratory (CSL) and generative artist. Alexis is originally from France, but has lived in Tokyo for the last 15 years, pursuing his PhD. Through CSL, several of Alexis’ projects have been commercialized, including a new toy platform called Toio. Alexis has also been involved in many personal projects that involve creative coding and generative media. From the launch of a music and visualization app called Eon, to his daily art project using a programming language called Nannou and more. Today, his work focuses around creativity & entertainment - pushing the boundaries of individualized experiences and design forward through technology and procedural generation. I definitely recommend checking out his incredible work online at: Website Twitter Instagram As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
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January 30, 2020
Mike Tyka, AI Artist & Scientist | Tech+Art
Today we're speaking with Mike Tyka is an Artist and Software Engineer at Google. Coming from an academic background with a PhD in biophysics, Mike’s artistic work has focused both on traditional mediums as well as the uses of technology, such as 3D printing and artificial neural networks. Mike also co-founded the Artists and Machine Intelligence program at Google. Mike’s work has been showcased around the world from Seattle to Tokyo. I definitely recommend checking out his incredible work online at: Website Twitter Instagram As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
26:03
January 9, 2020
Kate Compton, Researcher & Maker | Tech+Art
Today we’re speaking with Kate Compton, an inventor, game designer, special effects artist, independent researcher. She’s also an academic with the Expressive Intelligence Studio at UC Santa Cruz, which is a group of researchers studying new ways to connect computers and creativity, that includes everything from interactive storytelling to social simulations to laser-cut robots. Kate has been working on Procedural Content Generation in a variety of contexts for more than ten years. From research papers like “The Casual Creators”, to generative frameworks like Generominos, to video games,  to little games, wild experiments and more. I definitely recommend checking out her incredible work online at: Website Twitter As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
28:09
December 19, 2019
Tyler Hobbs, Artist & Programmer | Tech+Art
Today we’re speaking with Tyler Hobbs, an artist working primarily through programming. Tyler joins us to share his story combining his love of art and computer science - as well as the challenges of balancing the needs of a growing business. He also shares his creative process and how he’s approached making generative art over the last 5 years - while the creative coding and art worlds have evolved alongside him. I had a lot of fun chatting with Tyler and know you’ll enjoy our conversation! I definitely recommend checking out his incredible work online at: Website Twitter Instagram As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
26:30
December 12, 2019
Amélie Rosser, Creative Developer, Jam3 | Tech+Art
Today we’re speaking with Amélie Rosser, a creative developer at Jam3, a design and experience agency that partners with forward-thinking brands to solve problems in the space between people and technology. Amélie joins us to share her unique path into creative development and how she’s bridging the gap between creative techniques & new technologies - and their commercialization for brands and new solutions. Amélie also explores strategies to both enhance enhance a career in this industry & the role of collaboration in developing creative concepts. You can learn more about Amélie and her work here: Website Twitter Instagram As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
25:19
December 5, 2019
Espen Kluge, Visual Artist & Coder | Tech+Art
Espen joins us to share more about his story - from dealing with bipolar disorder, to creating with a structure, to exploring new aesthetics with code and more. Recently, Espen’s generative art series “Alternatives”, was featured in a gallery opening with Kate Voss in Switzerland. Recording this episode with Espen was fantastic and provided a unique insight into the creative mind and and important conversation around mental health and creativity. You can learn more about Espen and his work here: Website Twitter As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
24:51
November 21, 2019
William Stallwood, Creative Engineer | Tech+Art
William Stallwood is a creative engineer and the co-founder of Cipher Prime - a small multi-award winning creative studio in Philadelphia. Will joins us to share his story making experience-driven indie games, his creative process for approaching both game design and his current work around both daily shaders and installations. You can learn more about Will and his work here: Website Twitter As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
35:59
November 14, 2019
Mike Brondbjerg, Co-Founder, Kultur Design | Tech+Art
Mike Brondbjerg is the cofounder of Kultur Design, a creative agency specialising in data visualisation, information design, web applications & generative design. Mike is also currently at London City Hall as part of their Intelligence Unit working on Data Viz. Mike joins us to share his story, what’s it’s been like working in this evolving industry, his current approach to creating design systems that mix generative design and formal information design - and much more! You can learn more about Mike and his work here: Website Twitter As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
29:13
November 7, 2019
Saskia Freeke, Artist, Creative Coder, Interaction Designer | Tech+Art
Today we’re speaking with Saskia Freeke, an artist, creative coder, interaction designer, visual designer and educator based in Amsterdam. Her work focuses on structure, geometry and playfulness. A big part of her artistic practice is her daily art project that started in January 2015. Each day sees a new exploration and experiment with generative patterns and animations. You can learn more about Saskia and her work here: Website Twitter As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
24:13
October 31, 2019
Shane Luke, Prev. Senior Director, Machine Learning & AI - Nike Digital Innovation | Tech+Art
Today we’re speaking with Shane Luke, an entrepreneur who’s built and scaled several products, teams, and startups. Shane was most recently at Nike, where he was the Senior  Director, Machine Learning and AI, within Nike’s Digital Innovation Group - working on a variety of interesting projects. He shared a little bit about his process, how innovation takes shape within products, some of the most common challenges in exploring new ideas or uses of technology in creative contexts and more! As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
48:49
October 24, 2019
Monica Dinculescu, Creative Developer, Magenta.js Team (Google Brain) | Tech+Art
Today we’re speaking with Monica Dinculescu, an Emojineer currently at Google Brain, where she works on Magenta, an open source research project making music and art with Machine Learning. Monica joins us to share her story, her approach to fun and creative "silly projects", and how she approaches turning machine learning into simple tools to empower other creators. You can learn more about Monica and her work here: Website Twitter Magenta As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
26:11
October 17, 2019
Irene Alvarado, Creative Developer, Google Creative Lab | Tech+Art
Today we’re speaking with Irene Alvarado, a creative technologist working with Machine Learning at Google’s Creative Lab in New York City. Throughout our conversation, Irene dives into the value of exploring ideas at the intersection of various fields or industries, the immense benefits that come from prototyping and making to learn; as well as the unexpected impact of new technologies and tools - not only on empowering more individuals to explore their ideas - but in increasing accessibility for all. You can learn more about Irene and her work here: Website Twitter Google Creative Lab Teachable Machine As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
30:57
October 10, 2019
Ari Melenciano, Creative Designer & Activist | Tech+Art
Today we’re speaking with Ari Melenciano an incredibly talented Brooklyn-based creative technologist, artist,  researcher, humanist and educator who is passionate about exploring the relationships between various forms of design and the human experience. She’s undertaken several incredible projects including the launch of Afrotectopia, a new media arts, culture and technology festival designed to recognize and highlight the contributions of Black artists, designers, technologists and activists So a big thank you to Ari for taking the time to be on the show today! Let’s get started! You can learn more about Ari and her work here: Website Instagram Afrotectopia As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
27:07
September 26, 2019
Joel Simon, Creative Coder & Researcher | Tech+Art
Today we’re speaking with Joel Simon, a multidisciplinary artist and toolmaker who’s work intersects with art, design and research. Joel studied computer science and art at Carnegie Mellon University for 3 years before working on bioinformatics at Rockefeller University.  He is currently pursuing Morphogen, a generative design company and developing GanBreeder, a massively collaborative creative tool and network. Joel is inspired by the systems of biology computation and creativity. You can learn more about Joel and his work here: Website Twitter GANbreeder As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
25:24
September 19, 2019
Connor Bell, Creative Coder & Graphics Artist | Tech+Art
Today we’re chatting with the extremely talented graphics artist & creative coder - Connor Bell. Connor is a fellow Canadian who moved from Nova Scotia to Montreal to pursue his career & interest in creative uses of code & tech. He’s an established freelance coder/animator and is doing a ton of work around shaders and procedural generation. Most recently, he’s been working on more open source contributions to help others take their work and have it rendered efficiently in VR. So a huge thank you to Connor for joining us today! You can learn more about Connor and his work here: Website Twitter Instagram Glitch Wizard As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
31:28
September 12, 2019
Tiziana Alocci, Data Visualization Expert | Tech+Art
Tiziana Alocci is an amazingly talented freelance information designer. She’s also the co-founder of an incredible data-visualization magazine called Market Cafe Mag. As if that wasn’t enough to keep her going full time, she’s also a lecturer at the University of Arts, London and is about to launch a series of workshops focused on data art and creative coding called The Shape of Data. So thank you Tiziana for joining us today! You can learn more about Tiziana and her work here: Website Twitter Instagram Market Cafe Mag The Shape of Data As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
25:36
September 12, 2019
Matt DesLauriers, Freelance Creative Coder | Tech+Art
Today we’re chatting with the incredible Matt DesLauriers. When I first started exploring the overlap between creativity & technology, Matt’s work quickly came across my screen. With a background in game design, Matt quickly began wanting to explore and do more. Today, he’s a freelance creative coder living in London - working on a variety of projects. So a huge shout out to Matt for taking time to join us today! Welcome Matt! You can learn more about Matt and his work here: Website Twitter Instagram draw_code As always you can find out more about Tech+Art by visiting our website or following us on Twitter! Cover art by Matt DesLauriers.
35:20
September 12, 2019