Rematerialization of the Art Object : Art, Robotics and Post-Convergent Labor

Rematerialization of the Art Object : Art, Robotics and Post-Convergent Labor

I will head a new technology art theory panel in Florence, saturday June 21st at the Kennedy Center.

Rematerialization of the Art Object: Art, Robotics and Post-Convergent Labor will reveal and discuss contemporary modes of production in art that merges the virtual with the actual. This field includes 3D printing, computer driven stone carving, computer-robotic assisted painting, CAD architectural design, and post-internet art in general. The panel will discuss new forms of post-convergent artistic labor in terms of what physicalizes the immaterial (digital) in terms of what strategies are needed to create solid objects that exist in the real (an increasingly virtualized) world.

4: 15 – 5.45
Digital Media and Theory
Joseph Nechvatal, artist and author
Domenico Quaranta, author
Michael Rees, sculptor
Claudia Hart, sculptor
Alessandro Romanini Director of the Visual Arts Center of Pietrasanta
Troy Nachtigall Professor of IED (European Institute of Design)

As part of:
From Stone to Robots: Stone carving in the 21rst Century
Symposium of Digital Fabrication
Kennedy Center, Florence Italy
Saturday, June 21, 2014
9:00am-6:00p

On Saturday June 21, 2014 at the Kennedy Center in Florence Italy artists, sculptors, theorists, technologists, and curators will come together to present their work with new technologies and marble. Created by the Innovazione Garfagnana and the Digital Stone Project and sponsored by Autodesk, Makerbot, and MCOR the conference will give multiple access to ideas and techniques surrounding art and sculpture in a post digital environment. Presenters will include artists who have created new ways of working in the digital framework, curators who have created exhibitions about the post digital environment, and companies who’ve created 21rst century solutions for using ancient stone and automatic manufacture as well as powerful design software.

For the second year in a row, the Digital Stone Project and Garfagnana Innovazione are collaborating to bring artists, architects, educators and students from the United States to the historic Garfagnana region of Italy to work with high technology and ancient Tuscan stone. Over the course of a month each participant will produce a sculpture that is carved with a 7-axis robot arm and finished by hand. This unprecedented collaboration between American artists and art students and the advanced technology facility at Garfagnana Innovazione has exciting implications for the future of architecture, sculpture and digitally-aided design and manufacture.

Presenters at the conference include Matt Jesyk of Autodesk, Stefano Coiai of Garfagnana Innovazione, Ron Labaco Marcia Doctor Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design, Angelo Galimberti CIA Automation, Aldo Colonnetti of Ottagono, Claudia Hart artist, Joseph Nechvatal artist and author, Domenico Quarranta author, and members of the digital Stone Project, Lawrence Argent sculptor, Michael Rees sculptor, Lauren Ewing sculptor, Robert Michael Smith sculptor and Jon Isherwood sculptor.

The Digital Stone Project (DSP)
The Digital Stone Project (DSP) is a not for profit technology organization based in the USA that serves artists, architects, designers and the public at large by providing them with the means and knowledge necessary to realize innovative three-dimensional works of art using digital technologies. The DSP is an artist run organization founded in 2003. The DSP bridges art and technology by offering state of the art opportunities for digital application, research, and experimentation. We encourage collaboration, embrace innovation and research, and we help artists and educators achieve the highest level of creative expression using 3D technology.

Garfagnana Innovazione Profile
Garfagnana Innovazione’s mission is the application of technology and innovative machinery for marble and stone processing. The state-of-the-art Center has labs for the processing and carving of marble and stone. these labs are equipped with a wide range of manual and mechanical tools, and seven-axis robot arms for manufacturing and scanning.  This unique combination of robotic scanning and manufacturing makes possible the experimentation and realization of products in different environments, in this case to create sculpture in particular with the workshop that is now going on at the Center. 

From Stone to Robots: Marble in the 21rst Century
Symposium of Digital Sculpture Florence Italy

For more information Contact
Stefano Coiai Stefano@garfagnanainnovazione.it
Or
Jon Isherwood jisherwood@bennington.edu

Kennedy Center
Via Ghibellina 12/a
50122 Firenze – Italy
Tel: +39.055.5389250
Fax: +39.055.5383602
E-mail: infoeurope@rfkcenter.org
Conference agenda

Symposium of Digital Sculpture Florence Italy
From Stone to Robots: Marble in the 21rst Century sat 21st June..

9:00a
Introductory speaker..
Ron Labaco Museum of Art and Deisgn. NYC

10:00a-11:30p
Technique and process
Stefano Coiai director GI
Gabriel Ferri head technologist
Angelo Galimberti Director of CIA http://www.ciaautomazione.it
Jon Lash http://www.digitalatelier.net/

11:45-1:15 p
Software and Application
Matt Jezyk (Autodesk)
Sigrid Bell
Andreas Dieckmann
Alessandro Filiberti

1:15p lunch

2:30- 4.00p
Artists, Architects, Designers
Lawrence Argent, Sculptor
Aldo Colonnetti (Ottagono)
Lauren Ewing, Sculptor
Robert Michael Smith, Sculptor

4: 15p – 5.45p
Digital Media and Theory
Joseph Nechvatal, artist and author
Domenico Quaranta, author
Michael Rees, sculptor
Claudia Hart, sculptor
Alessandro Romanini Director of the Visual Arts Center of Pietrasanta
Troy Nachtigall Professor of IED (European Institute of Design)

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About josephnechvatal

Since 1986 Joseph Nechvatal has worked with ubiquitous electronic visual information, computers and computer-robotics. His computer-robotic assisted paintings and computer software animations are shown regularly in galleries and museums throughout the world. From 1991-1993 he worked as artist-in-resident at the Louis Pasteur Atelier and the Saline Royale / Ledoux Foundation’s computer lab in Arbois, France on The Computer Virus Project: an experiment with computer viruses as a creative stratagem. In 2002 he extended that artistic research into the field of viral artificial life through his collaboration with the programmer Stéphane Sikora. Dr. Nechvatal earned his Ph.D. in the philosophy of art and new technology at The Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA) University of Wales College, Newport, UK and occasionally teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City (SVA). His book of essays “Towards an Immersive Intelligence: Essays on the Work of Art in the Age of Computer Technology and Virtual Reality (1993-2006)” was published by Edgewise Press in 2009. In 2011 his book “Immersion Into Noise” was published by the University of Michigan Library’s Scholarly Publishing Office in conjunction with Open Humanities Press http://openhumanitiespress.org/immersion-into-noise.html. You can follow him on Twitter at @twinkletwink Homepage here: http://www.nechvatal.net
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