Harvestworks in partnership with The Industrial and Technology Assistance Corporation (ITAC) provides an opportunity for artists to create new works of art, further develop their creative tool set, and benefit from the advisory and professional services of ITAC to reach a marketplace looking for innovative approaches to new technology. Fifteen New York State artist/technician teams will be awarded up to $5000 (dependent upon funding) to produce, document, and present a new artwork. Women and minority teams are encouraged to apply. This project is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Rockefeller Foundation’s New York City Cultural Innovation Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts.
Creativity + Technology = Enterprise
An Opportunity For Artists Creating New Tools and an Experiment in New Sustainable Models for Artistic Practice.
Are there by-products of your creative process that could have transdisciplinary applications? If you had the time and resources would you explore the possibility of new perspectives ‘beyond’ art? Would you be interested in a partnership that could assist you in this process? This project will identify promising technologies that can be commercialized.
Creativity + Technology = Enterprise is a partnership project between Harvestworks, a cultural arts organization specializing in the production of artists’ projects, and The Industrial and Technology Assistance Corporation (ITAC), a nonprofit consulting organization that helps early-stage technology firms launch innovative products in NYC.
Now in it’s second year, the project is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and will provide an opportunity for New York State artist/technician teams to create new works of art, further develop their creative toolset, as well as benefit from the guidance and professional resources provided by ITAC, thus allowing their ideas to reach a marketplace looking for innovative approaches to new technology.
Our goal is to establish an ongoing network for innovation. ITAC and Harvestworks will work together with the artists to provide them access to the support needed, so that the products of their research can reach the commercial sector; where they can be capitalized and impact the individuals and companies who generate the technology industry in New York City.
Fifteen artists will be awarded up to $5000 to produce, document, and present a new artwork. Recipients will be given 24 hour access to resources and equipment in the T.E.A.M. (Technology, Engineering, Art and Music) lab and incubator at Harvestworks. Project proposals will be reviewed by a panel of curators, technologists, and entrepreneurs and awarded to New York State artist/technical teams. Women and minority teams are encouraged to apply.
Project demonstrations and documentation are required throughout the residency. Projects will need to be completed by December 31, 2014. At the completion of the project, the team will present to an advisory panel of artists/technicians and technology entrepreneurs to discuss whether the tools could be useful to other researchers or entrepreneurs.
How to apply
Deadline to apply is July 1, 2014. Click here to start the online application.
Priorites will be given to projects in the following areas: biosensors, immersive audio, camera tracking systems, data sonification or visualization, apps for smartphones and tablets, new computer interfaces and controllers, and new ways to engage with social media and communities. Projects must be able to be completed within the time frame of the residency period and should be “production-ready”.
This initiative complements the ongoing Harvestworks Creative Residency Program that has been in operation since 1983 and has produced significant new technology-based artworks by over 300 artists. Harvestworks Executive Director Carol Parkinson sees the project as an “opportunity for the artists to make new artwork, to explore whether the underlying technology could be used cross-culturally, and to experiment with new sustainable models for artistic practice”.
About ITAC www.ITAC.org Over its twenty five-year history, ITAC has assisted over 2,000 advanced manufacturing, technology firms and entrepreneurs, delivered significant measurable impact to its clients, and helped companies to raise $50 million in new funding. ITAC focuses on accelerating growth in NYC manufacturing and technology firms by providing management consulting, coaching, training, and project management services.. As the NYS-designated Regional Technology Development Center (RTDC) and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center for NYC, State-funded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) specialists, ITAC professional staff and consultants, work hands-on with technology organizations, universities and other resources on product delineation, business concept, market research, and capital formation via engagements tailored to the specific needs of each client. www.ITAC.org.
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