LISA Conference



On November 1, 2013, 40 of the world’s top experts in digital and interactive art installation, data visualization, software art, interactive advertising, 3D printing, electronic sculpture, LED design, projection mapping, mobile art, tech wearables, app development, open source art, augmented reality, hacker art, new media curating, and digital art collecting will gather on stage at the Tishman Auditorium at The New School.

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We will be livestreaming the conference!

See videos from last year on our YouTube channel.  I tweet at @softwareandart.

Keynote Address: Zoë Keating, cellist and technologist





From Virtual to Real – Successfully Translating Digital Work to a Collection Context. Moderated by Christiane Paul, Associate Professor, School of Media Studies, The New School, Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts, Whitney Museum.  Confirmed panelists: John F. Simon Jr., Lynn Hershman-Leeson, Lev Manovich and Magda Sawon.

Open Source Art. What is open source art and why is it important?  How do the economics and participation of open source art work and why does it matter?  Who is doing interesting work in open source today, and what are they making?  In this conversation, our panelists are creators of open source movements and users of open source software.  They discuss different types of open source art, from programming languages and electronics platforms to software art whose code itself is open sourced, and follow the impact of several different systems since their inception. Confirmed panelists: Scott Draves, Stefanie Wuschitz, Evelyn Eastmond and Lauren McCarthy, Anton Marini.

DIY and the stART-up economy. Do-It-Yourself culture meets the new economy in DIY art, design and technology startups.  What forces are driving the success of these companies?  How does DIY and Maker culture fit in to the digital economy?  How did they get started?  What struggles do they face?  Who are their clients, and their clients’ customers?  Moderator: Sunny Bates.  Confirmed panelists: Hilary Mason, Bre Pettis, Gabriella Levine and Kegan Schouwenburg.

Creative Coding, Art and Advertising. What are the values of advertising?  Is there a conflict between art and advertising?  What is different when you are doing advertising vs. doing your own work? What is some of the best commercial software art and creative coding being done today? Moderator: Chick Foxgrover.  Confirmed panelists: Jamie Zigelbaum, Vivian Rosenthal, Margaret Brett-Kearns and Barry Threw.

Friday night Dance Party, Stunning Visuals, Drink Specials

Workshop (Saturday, $25 additional fee): Rendering Interactive 3D Environments with Jitter and Blender (in partnership with Harvestworks)





Zoë Keating is a one-woman orchestra. She uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, creating intricate, haunting and compelling music. Zoë is known for both her use of technology – which she uses to sample her cello onstage – and for her DIY ethic which has resulted in the sale of over 60,000 copies of her self-released albums and 1.2 million followers on Twitter.





Anton Marini, Software engineer, live visualist, graphics programmer.

Alessandro Ludovico, Editor-in-chief of the magazine of critical digital culture and media arts,

Barry Threw, Immersive and interactive media artist, co-founder of ArtUp, director of Software at Obscura Digital.

Blake Carrington, Visual, sound and performing artist.

Bre Pettis, CEO, Makerbot; founder, NYCResistor; videoblogger.

Christiane Paul, Associate Professor, School of Media Studies, The New School; Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts, Whitney Museum.

Claire Bardainne, Artistic co-director for AM-CB, a creative research and design studio that merges digital arts with the performing arts to create spectacles and installations.

Clement Valla, Digital media artist.

Elisa Giardina Papa, an artist whose work concerns the role of collective image production and dissemination in contemporary society.

Evelyn Eastmond, Software engineer and artist, developer for processing-js, open web engineer at Bocoup and adjunct faculty at RISD

Gabriella Levine, Creative technologist, interactive artist and open-source hardware designer; fellow, Unreasonable At Sea; COO Protei Inc. drone sailboats.

Hilary Mason, Data scientist and hacker; co-founder, hackNY; member,NYCResistor; scientist emeritus, bitly; data scientist in residence, Accel Partners

Jake Lee-High, installation artist, experiential designer, creative coder, and explorer.

Jamie Zigelbaum, Interactive artist and sculptor; founder, MidnightCommercial, a studio for art, design and technology; founder & curator, Industry Lab.

John F. Simon Jr., software artist.

Joshua Davis, Artist, designer, technologist, and creative director at Code and Theory, a creative digital agency that designs products, content and campaigns across platforms.

Kaiser Fung, Statistician; blogger, Junkcharts; Author of Numbersense: How to use big data to your advantage and Numbers Rule Your World: the hidden influence of probability and statistics in everything you do; Vice president, business and analytics, Vimeo.

Kegan Schouwenburg, 3D print designer, entrepreneur, Maker.

Lauren McCarthy, Artist and computer programmer, adjunct faculty at RISD and NYU-ITP, developer for processing-js.

Lev Manovich, Artist, new media theorist, professor of computer science at CUNY, Author, The Language of New Media and Software Takes Command

R. Luke Dubois, Software artist, assistant professor of digital media at New York University.

Lynn Hershman Leeson, New media artist, filmmaker.

Magdalena Sawon, Digital art dealer; co-founder and co-director, Postmasters Gallery.

Margaret Brett-Kearns, Executive Interactive Producer at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, art buyer.

Miral Kotb, Software engineer, entrepreneur, founder, iLuminate.

Scott Draves, Algorithmic artist and open source software artist, inventor of  the Fractal Flame algorithm and founder of the Electric Sheep.

Shane Hope, Software artist and 3D-print sculptor of artilectual femtofactured mind-splaces, fluidentities, thunkuppetrees, post-conscious subthreaded sales-swarms, and prescient peek-a-boo plunderware portraiture on percept pus.

Sophia Brueckner, Software artist, designer and engineer; research assistant, MIT MediaLab.

Stefanie Wuschitz, Media artist and researcher; Founder of Miss Baltazar’s Laboratory, lecturer on digital art.

Steve diPaola, computer-based cognitive scientist, artist and researcher.

Toni Dove, Electronic media and virtual reality performance artist, hybrid film and installation artist and experimental theater producer.

Vivian Rosenthal, Founder and CEO at Snaps!, augmented reality photos; artist; advertising creative and executive.

Yucef Merhi, Software artist, hacker, computer programmer, web and graphic designer.

Zoe photo by Chase Jarvis.  Other photos by Schedule and speakers subject to change.