Today, the Art + Technology Lab on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) broadcasts the 2020 recipients of its annual Art + Technology Grants. The grant awards as much as $50,000, together with financial and in-kind assist, for initiatives that interact rising applied sciences. The Art + Technology Grant started in 2013 and was first awarded in 2014; previous grantees embrace Taeyoon Choi and E Roon Kang, Annina Rüst, Rashaad Newsome, Eun Young Park, and Tom Sachs. So far, the lab has supported 35 initiatives from a number of worldwide artists.
LACMA issued the 2020 Request for Proposals in December 2019, and selected 4 recipients from some 600 submissions. This 12 months’s grant initiatives (shared completely with Hyperallergic) appear to emphasise 3D printing, and can work with reconstituted supplies, robotics and crowdsourcing, Indigenous navigation methods, in addition to pure constructing practices and additive manufacturing. The 2020 awardees are:
Harrison’s mission, The Consequence of Platforms, has been ongoing for a number of years, with iterations and extensions popping up in locations just like the University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). For his LACMA iteration, Harrison plans to collaborate with scientists on a cloth that may be reconstituted for the 3D printing of objects. Specifically, Harrison has been replicating artifacts with obscure relation to the African diaspora — roots that had been traditionally obscured by colonialism and enslavement, and proceed to be difficult by tourism tradition that values “authenticity” in ways in which drive performative identification each inside Africa and overseas. As all the time, Harrison continues to hunt alternatives to additional compound these questions of cultural provenance, inheritance, and identification.
Kurant’s work appears to show an overarching curiosity within the intersection of pure engineering and machine will. The artist plans to develop “a group of shape-shifting sculptural organisms, algorithmically controlled by a collective intelligence of users from around the world.”
“Tamagotchis, developed in Japan in 1996, are egg-shaped digital toys imitating live organisms, which must be regularly nourished, petted, and walked,” wrote the artist in an e mail to Hyperallergic. “There have been 76 million Tamagotchis sold to date — a nation’s worth. And I imagined what would happen if all these 76 million people instead took care or animated one single tamagotchi.”
Kurant’s mission is aptly named Artificial Society / Collective Tamagotchi, and like its eponymous inspiration, its ecosystem will rely upon the information and dwell inputs from contributors. Kurant’s intention is to harness the “concealed exploitation on our social energies or social capital” into caring for the collective Tamagotchi — which she additionally sees as a metaphor for the Earth (the true Tamagotchi in our care). Sort of like having a pet, should you had been, say, Dr. Manhattan.
Artist-programmer Kyle McDonald, Daisy Mahaina from the Vaka Valo Association (a community-led Pacific Islander traditions society, primarily based within the Solomon Islands), and cultural anthropologist and sailor Dr. Marianne George are enterprise an examination of pure phenomena with supernatural undertones. Their mission will use new applied sciences to doc historic Polynesian navigation methods, together with “Te Lapa”: a faint burst of sunshine that emanates from land, however has by no means been recorded.
The mission goals to construct a customized digicam rig that may sense this very faint mild, and seize the first-ever video of Te Lapa. Documentation ensuing from the mission will function a pedagogical software. McDonald, Mahaina, and George’s mission is known as Te Lapa: Polynesian Navigation Illuminated.
For their mission, MUD Frontiers / Zoquetes Fronterizos, this staff will reexamine Indigenous mud-based constructing supplies by means of 21st-century robotics to ponder the previous and way forward for Pueblo de Los Ángeles, which has traditionally belonged to the Chumash and Tongva, Spain, Mexico, and now the United States. San Fratello and Rael will “create proto-architectures that connect building traditions at opposing ends of a technological spectrum.” The mission includes large-scale architectural work with 3D printing, that concurrently examines the previous whereas presaging potential constructing methods of the longer term, in a complicated mix of cultural anthropology and speculative structure.
In addition to those new grantees, the Art + Technology Lab introduced the inclusion of YouTube Learning to its advisory board. The lab and its artist initiatives benefit from the assist of this board, which incorporates innovators throughout a wide range of technological industries. Advisory board members lend their expertise and experience and assist drive the dialog round how museums will use new expertise.
From mythic navigation to reconstructed histories, to producing new constructed and ecological environments, the LACMA 2020 Art + Technology cohort appears ready to tackle the longer term. With this a lot innovation, candidates may need to search out an extra dimension past 3D to deal with subsequent 12 months!