As a part of the exciting and interesting conversation surrounding the Art & Tech forces at play, we are hosting a discussion on "Cultural Incubators" this upcoming Tuesday in conjunction with ArtUp, a non-profit dedicated to igniting the Art & Tech discussion in the Bay Area (and beyond). Read below for a bit on the ideas behind ArtUp and visit the co-founder Barry Threw's Op-Ed piece for Art Practical on the subject at hand, here:
Barry Threw, from his piece on ArtPractical:
Over the past decade, I’ve listened as artists living and working in San Francisco have persistently voiced their frustration that a city on the forefront of technology and culture offers little to no support for artists working at this intersection. These conversations usually end on a note of despair, and intentions of moving to New York or Los Angeles, but it is clear that the immense artistic talent in the Bay Area could be foregrounded in the international community. All that is needed is a supportive framework.
Last year I cofounded Artup with collaborator Mat Dryhurst in an attempt to address this impasse head-on. Artup is a community meet-up and fund intended to catalyze tangible interactions between people at the intersection of contemporary art and digital technology.
On March 25, 2014, at Gallery 16, we will hold our next event, “Venture Culture,” in partnership with Art Practical and as part of the Re-Engineering forum. It will be dedicated to exploring one approach to bridging these seemingly disparate worlds: the Cultural Incubator. Julia Kaganskiy, Director of NEW INC, and Jaime Cortez, artist and writer, will consider between themselves and with the audience the challenges and opportunities these types of institutions present.