ATS 50 Anniversary Celebration Programmed Events

As you might know, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Art and Technology Department. It is exciting news that we are announcing our programmed events to commemorate this half a century occasion! The Big party will be on April 12! Guests are welcomed.! If you have guests who are not part of the SAIC community, you will need to sign them in!
Art and Technology Studies ✷ 50th Anniversary

Programmed Events:

April 6, 2019 Saturday 8PM - April 7, 2019 Sunday 10PM - 24 hr Art Hackathon

Coordinators: Doug Rosman and Mara Iskander

Registration and website:

Location: MacLean Building, 112 S. Michigan Ave., Ballroom

April 11, 2019 (Thursday) - Space Art Symposium 4:15-5:30PM

Panel Speakers:

Annick Bureaud, Art Critic/Director of Leonardo OLATS

Eduardo Kac, Professor and Chair of Art and Technology Studies

Xin Liu, Arts Curator for the Space Exploration Initiative at MIT

Moderator: Mark SubbaRao, Dir Space Vis Lab, Adler Planetarium

Location: Sharp, 37 S. Wabash Ave., The LeRoy Neiman Center


April 12, 2019 (Friday) - ATS FEST: A Celebration of 50 years of Experimentation

MacLean Building 112 S. Michigan Ave., 4:30-8:00PM

Location: 112 S. Michigan Ave., ATS facilities on the 4th floor and basement.

Food and drinks will be served.

  • Wearable performances and real-time interactive events organized and curated by Lee Blalock

Location: 4th Floor

  • Opening reception to “Future Conditions”
    The world has changed since 1969. In the fifty years since the inception of Art and Technology Studies, networked technologies have become ubiquitous—mediating nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Future Conditions explores the societal and environmental impact of these networks, framing them within more expansive technological and ecological systems. Speculating new ways of cohabitating with nonhuman species, whether biological or technological, the exhibition also illustrates the self-reflexive nature of cultural production. Featuring artworks by current students and recent alumni, including Minsun Cho, Ziv Ze’ev Cohen, Gloria Duon, Austin Gladney, Addison Leon, Xinyi Li, Chloe Yu-Nong Lin, Patrick O’Shea, Alan Perry, Zhong Ren, Doug Rosman, Rui Sha, Santiago X, and Chun Zeng.

With additional opening-night contributions by Ethan Proia, Raphael Rivas, Ben Schoenekase, Snow Xu, and Jason Zhao.
Curators by Duncan Bass and Madison Young

Location: ATS Flex Space, Rm 400, Exhibition April 12 - May 4

“Future Conditions Popup Exhibition”, Locations: RM 402. 414 | April12

Ben Schoenekase, Doug Rosman, Jason Zhao, Ethan Proia, Snow Xu, Rafael Rivas, Jakyung Lee, Maria Hernandez Tort , Soffiah Decena

  • Art Hackathon Display
    Selected works produced from the April 6-7 ATS Art Hackathon, Hosted by Doug Rosman and Mara Iskander
    Location: 432

  • Learn to bend hot glass in 20 min, hosted by ATS faculty Greg Mowery

Location: Basement, Light Lab, Rm B1-16, 5:30-7PM

  • Learn to solder in 15 min, build a Day of the Geek badge, hosted by ATS faculty Ziv Cohen and Jenna Boyles

Location: Basement, Kinetics Lab, Rm B0-07, 5:30-7PM

  • Experiment with Olfactory Art in 20 min, hosted by ATS faculty Tedd Neenan

Location: Basement, Bio Art Lab, Rm B1-19, 5:30-7PM

April 30, 2019 (Tuesday) - Artist Talk: Tamiko Thiel


Location: MacLean Building, 112 S. Michigan Ave., ATS Black box Rm 402

Olfactory Art Exhibition

May 10, 2019 - June 11, 2019

Opening Reception May 10, 2019. 4:30-5:30PM

Location: MacLean Building, 112 S. Michigan Ave., ATS Flex Space, Rm 400

Sept 5 - Sept 9 2019 - Ars Electronica 2019

ATS Graduate Exhibition at Ars Electronica 2019, Linz, Austria

Curator Duncan Bass