Panel: Ernest Edmonds
Ernest is a pioneer computer artist for whom combining creative arts practice with creative technologies has been a life-long pursuit.
In 2017 he won the ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art. The only other UK artist to be so recognized is the late Harold Cohen. Edmonds transdisciplinary achievements are demonstrated by the fact that in 2017 he was also awarded ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award for Practice in Human-Computer Interaction. Having shown his work internationally for over 50 years, he has recently exhibited in Venice, Leicester, London, Denver, Vancouver, Beijing, Shanghai, and Rio de Janerio. His work is described in “Generative Systems Art: The Work of Ernest Edmonds” (Franco, Routledge, 2017).
Panel: Tracy Harwood
Tracy is Professor of Digital Culture at the Institute of Creative Technologies, De Montfort University, and co-founder of the Art AI Festival with Luba Elliott, Chris Tyrer (Phoenix) and Jo Tallack (Hammersons Plc). Tracy’s research focuses on technological innovation in professional practices, art, performance, music, games, machinima and the application of emerging technologies in public environments. Through her work, she generates new knowledge that has an impact on everyday creativity, the arts, new technologies, cultural exchange and innovation in social structures. She is director of the university’s Usability Lab, a Trustee of diversity-led performance arts organization, Serendipity, and co-host of an international podcast on the past, present and future of machinima and virtual production called And Now For Something Completely Machinima.
Panel: Melanie Lenz
Melanie is a London based freelance and institutional curator specialising in digital arts. In 2020 she curated Futurist Listening by Steve Parker at Rich Mix. She has held dual roles as Curator of Digital Art and Digital Programmes Learning Manager at the Victoria & Albert Museum where she co-curated Chance and Control: Art in the Age of Computers (2018), convened symposiums including Art, Design and New Technologies for Health (2015) and curated Transformations: Digital Prints from the V&A (2012). She has published papers on Early Argentine Computer Art (2018); Women, Art & Technology (2014) and Collecting and Conserving Born Digital Art (2011). She is a guest lecturer at the Royal College of Arts, London and has broadcast widely on creative arts and advanced technologies. She is a juror for the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize for New Media and the Lumen Prize for Art and Technology. She also judges the Still Image and Global South awards for Lumen.
Panel: Cecilie Waagner Falkenstrøm
Cecilie is a Danish artist employing new media (eg., machine learning) to create interactive artworks. Cecilie’s artworks have been exhibited at among others Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Experimenta 2020 – Biennale Arts Sciences in France. Her artwork ARTificial Intelligence FRANK has been awarded The Lumen Prize’s AI Award and her practice-based research project at Royal College of Art received the British Arts and Humanities Research Council’s TECHNE Award. Cecilie studied Fine Art at University of the Arts London and Royal College of Art in London. For more about her work, see www.ceciliefalkenstrom.com
Panel: Lucy Sollitt
Lucy Rose Sollitt is a curator, writer, artist mentor and consultant. She focuses on the intersection of art and technology and possibilities for new art economies.
For well over a decade Lucy has been considering the creative and critical implications of emerging technologies on art practice and the art ecosystem, her work spans research, policy development and curation. She led research and devised strategy on Art and Innovation as part of a Culture is Digital paper for the UK government and led on Creative Media within the Arts Council England’s London office (including devising partnerships with Innovate UK and Google). She has curated projects and programmes for a range of organisations such as FACT and Goethe Institut, and worked as London Associate for Rhizome. Her writing includes Intersections, a series on trends in art/tech for the British Council, and articles for Rhizome and AQNB. Lucy regularly participates in and convenes roundtables to inform research, most recently for Serpentine Galleries’ forthcoming Future Art Ecosystems report. Lucy is an Advisory Board member for Furtherfield and Banner Repeater’s DAAP initiative, and is a Curatorial Advisor for Birmingham Open Media.
A key part of Lucy’s work on the art market is the ongoing FOTAM initiative commissioned by Creative United with partners UCL, DACS, Creative Scotland and Arteia. This has included curating Redefining Value in the Art Market online commissions and talks programme, authoring the groundbreaking Future of the UK Art Market report. Lucy has a particular interest in the possibilities of emerging technologies to enable fairer sales and ownership models for art. Lucy works regularly with DACS, devising their digital innovation strategies for DACS artist royalties services. She recently curated an OMSK Social Club art edition for Zien and works as an Artist Mentor for SPACE Studios LCN programme.
A philosopher by training, all Lucy’s work is underpinned by philosophical exploration and belief in art as felt knowledge.