On Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM NYPL Labs presents a panel on Digital Art, Money and Independence. Don’t miss this important conversation!
As the software and electronic art movement builds momentum, profit-making opportunities seem to be increasing. Interactive agencies are discovering tech art’s eye-catching potential as a promotional tool, more tech artists are finding gallery representation and museum placement than ever before, and digital art auctions and private sales are rising. But do the financial opportunities come at a steep price?
Addie Wagenknecht, Amy Whitaker, Barry Threw, Justin Bolognino and Kyle McDonald will participate in a panel discussion moderated by Isabel Walcott Draves, founder of LISA, to discuss the following questions: Does a profit motive kill the experimental, independent nature of today’s digital art? Are artists still creating their best work when a consumer brand is funding their output, or when they are considering marketability in a gallery or collections setting? Which is a better measure of independence to a digital artist, unbridled creativity or financial stability?
How can artists think about money and still stay true to their creative work? Given the collaborative, open-source and viral nature of much of the best software art, are eventual profits equitably distributed or are some people profiting at the expense of others? When artists make money from their work is it “selling out”? Once they start hiring out their skills, are they even still artists? And if not by chasing the dollar (or the Euro, or the yuan), how else can talented tech artists make a living?
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
South Court Auditorium
Steven A. Schwarzman Building, New York Public Library
455 5th Avenue (bet. 40th and 42nd)
New York, NY 10018
Panelist info after the jump