B.E.A.T. Exhibit

B.E.A.T. | Boulder Experiments in Art and Technology

OCTOBER 30TH, 2021

B.E.A.T. is a gathering of artists, biologists and technologists. Led by Jiffer Harriman, PhD., brilliant collaborators, sharing past and emerging work, will create a unique exhibit at the Museum of Boulder beginning October 30, 2021.

One of the emerging themes of this show is the tension between the benefits that technology offers and its wonderful opportunities with the downsides and negative impacts. Goals of this show are to enable ways for people to collaborate, and connect with each other, and the tools and interactions we have created as well as with nature. Bioluminescent Algae will be featured and interact with visitors. Dr. Harriman shares, “I want this show to highlight and explore the differences/ balance between what people do well (expressiveness, creativity), and what machines are good at (repetition, connection, etc.).”

Dr. Harriman: “The technology we use impacts not only how we do things, but even what information we’re exposed to. When working in collaboration with one another, or with a piece of technology, we can become trapped in the confines or limitations of the tool itself, or we can become more productive, and even inspired to create in new ways”.

CALL FOR ART

The positive and negative, collaborative and interactive opportunities and balance will be represented in the installations. Our Main Gallery will intermingle their pieces with sound, music, art and nature, as well as in the use of both lighted and dark sides.

Seeking digital and video artists to collaborate on immersive, tech-based installations that may optionally be interactive.

Video artists – we are seeking works of video art for projections
Digital art – we are seeking a number of still images for projections that will reveal themselves as visitors move through the space.

Ideally, work will respond to the main themes of the show:

  • Intention: What are your intentions when you use technology, and do they align with the intentions of the developers? How can we collaborate with technology and developers to break free of its original intent?
  • Balance: How do we find balance with technology: balance between technology and nature; between its benefits and its drawbacks; balance between its ability to inspire creativity and stifle it.
  • Equity: How does technology inhibit equity, and how does (or can) it enhance equity?
  • History: How has technology shaped us and our society? How has Boulder’s past fed a technological community? What are the benefits and drawbacks of those foundations in how our community engages with technology today?

More info on main themes:
One of the emerging themes of this show is the tension between the benefits that technology offers and its wonderful opportunities with the downsides and negative impacts.

When working in collaboration with one another or with a piece of technology we can be more productive, and even inspired to create in new ways. But we can also become trapped in the confines or limitations of the tool itself.

The technology we use impacts not only how we do things but even what information we’re exposed to.

This is the perfect exhibit in which to host an event in the Main Gallery at the Museum of Boulder. It will be a unique coveted space during the 2021 holiday season. Reach out to Kayla@museumofboulder.org to reserve your party experience.