Blueskying a Social Media Platform for the Arts
Facebook and Google Groups
R ichard Lowenberg, born in Haifa in 1946, is an artist, planner/designer and eco-cultural activist. He has dedicated his creative life to understandings and creative realization of works exploring and setting examples for an "ecology of the information environment", and via art/science/society collaborations, demonstrating emergent opportunities for development of a "cultural economy". Richard founded 1st-Mile Institute in 2006, its New Mexico "Broadband for All" Initiative, and SARC (Scientists/Artists Research Collaborations) programs. Living on an organic farm in Jacona, NM, he serves on the Board of Parallel Studios’ CURRENTS: New Media Festival. He co-organized Internet Society's Indigenous Connectivity Summit, held in Santa Fe, Nov. 2017. Richard studied design and taught at Pratt Institute, initiating its Electronic Media Arts program in 1971, and was one of the founding team of the Kitchen in NYC that year. He was founding Programs Director of the Telluride Institute from 1984-1996 and led its InfoZone rural Internet project. From 1996-2006, Richard directed the Davis Community Network, taught TechnoCulture Studies and was Artist-in-Bioregional Residence at UC Davis. Richard was involved in a number of early telecommunication-arts projects, and has integrated networking with rural community eco-planning across the U.S., as well as in Japan, Europe and South America. He prepared and led New Mexico’s statewide broadband initiative, 2008-2012. Personal interdisciplinary design, media arts, installation, performance and art/science works have involved collaborations with Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories, UNM, Santa Fe Institute, NASA, Gorilla Foundation, military labs, intelligence agencies, numerous high-tech companies and research institutions. Artworks have been presented internationally at the Kitchen, Whitney Museum, San Francisco MoMA, Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf, NTT-ICC, Tokyo, Santa Fe CCA, 1986 Venice Biennale, MIT List Center and ISEA2012. Grants/support awarded by NEA, State Arts Councils (CO, CA, NM), SECA, Art Matters, National Space Society, IBM, Apple, CPB, NTIA, GRiD, JVC, Lightwork, McCune Charitable Trust and Thoma Foundation.
The State of Artmaking on Social Media
Networked society while wondrous in its emergent realization and collective potential, is evolving along an increasingly troubled path, now led primarily by corporate trajectories and unspoken capitalist visions, intertwined with the destructive influences and vested interests affecting the realms of localism-globalism, energy, economics, politics and all other segments of our inter-dynamic eco-social evolution.
Current social media is especially troubled. Our social media understandings as the basis for next iterations, must be considered in relation to the near future of the Internet, bandwidth matters, widening digital divides, and the development of technological society amid existential concerns for our narrow-minded economies and ecological survivability. How do the arts fit into this complexity?
While selectively using past and current social media and paying close attention to international criticisms of Facebook, Google and other dominant platforms, I have given little constructive thought to what next for social media and the arts. So, I look forward to jointly thinking through, conspiring and communicating about our topic and the formidable challenges before us.
Social Networks for the Arts – Preliminary Considerations
Transcript of Richard Lowenberg's Facebook and Google Doc conversations
Overviews, Ideas, Histories, and Observations
from Policy Makers and Advocates
Dal Yong Jin
Wendel A. White
from Curators and Critics
SAIC ATS Class in Social Media Narrative
SAIC ATS Part-time Faculty: Judy Malloy