Burning Man: Art and Technology, An ArtsWest Symposium

Saturday, February 23, 2019

2:00 pm

de Young Museum, Koret Auditorium, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118 Map

Sponsored by:
Bill Lane Center for the American West, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Stanford Arts Institute

This program explores the creative spirit of Burning Man as an original western cultural movement and its innovative paradigm of art as a participatory and interactive experience, not attached to traditional museums or commercial art markets. Technology has increasingly become a component of Burning Man art. We intend to explore the affinity between art and technology with the rise of Silicon Valley and the parallel evolution of the Burning Man movement. Both are pillars of contemporary art and technology based in the Bay Area that have a global reach.

The keynote address will focus on the cultural and maker movement aspects of Burning Man and its synergy with the rise of Silicon Valley fueling the opportunity for new development and beta testing at Black Rock City in the spirit of utopian art.

The other three presenters will trace the evolution of the Burning Man movement from a beachside festival to a temporary full city exploring the linkage between the art and technology, the institutional and curatorial responses to the art produced there, and its organizational challenges, successes, and ethos.

This event is free and open to the public – advance registration is required.

Keynote Speaker

Fred Turner, Professor of Communications, Stanford University, “What Burning Man Does for Silicon Valley”

Presenters

Scott London, Scott London Photography, “The Ephemeral City: Reflections on a Decade of Burning Man Photography”

Nora Atkinson, Curator of Craft, Smithsonian American Art Museum & Renwick Gallery, “When the Man Met the Man: Burning Man’s Journey from the Desert to the Museum”

Katherine K. Chen, Associate Professor of Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center, “Catalyzing Creative Communities: How Burning Man Encourages Artistic Prosumption”

When:
Saturday, February 23, 2019
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where:
de Young Museum, Koret Auditorium, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118 Map
Admission:

Advance registration is required; Seating is Limited

Tags:

Arts Conference / Symposium Visual Dance 

Audience:
General Public, Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni/Friends
Contact:
650-721-1588, sburbank@stanford.edu
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