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Art & Tech Conference

About

Art & Tech Conference is a conference of media art, technology and digital culture in Košice. As a highlight and part of the Art & Tech Days festival, the conference takes place each year in November in Kulturpark. It introduces revolutionary ideas, social discourses and contemporary work in media art, business, technology and science.

This is a conference for all those who are curious and those, who look to the future more than the past. Innovators, coders, artists, entrepreneurs, students, teachers, scientists, and all those who want to be at the forefront of development. Art & Tech Conference reveals how digitisation and technology are influencing artistic creation and vice versa, how artists can inspire technological development and innovation.

Why should you come?

You will:

  • broaden your horizons beyond your main focus field;
  • find out how to use a combination of different disciplines to improve your business and innovate;
  • get to know artists, philosophers, designers, IT masters, scientists from all over the world;
  • build new contacts for your work;
  • discover new technologies as tools for creation;
  • think about ethical dilemmas;
  • visit Košice - UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts and the former European Capital of Culture.

Speakers

Art & Tech Conference hosts prominent personalities from many areas who share their know-how with us every year, provide their unique insight into current topics and inspire the local environment to take bold steps. So far we had a chance to meet:

2018
  • Gene Kogan (USA) - Artist and programmer who is interested in generative systems, informatics and software for creativity and artistic creation.
  • Merav Oren (IL) - Multi-entrepreneur businesswoman and one of the 100 most influential people in Israeli hi-tech.
  • Filip Ruisl (SK/HU) - Interaction designer at Kitchen Budapest Lab who dedicates his time to music and sound design.
  • Adi Zamir (IL) - CEO and the Founder of Pink Of View start-up - the first personalised predictive indicator of risk which enables early detection of breast cancer.
  • Uri Aviv (IL) - General director, consultant and sci-fi evangelist.
  • Karol Piekarski (PL) - Programme Director of Medialab Katowice.
  • Martin Ján Stránsky (CZ/USA) - Head of Neurology at Yale University.
  • Peter Matúš (SK) - Board member of Tatra Banka.
  • Mária Virčíková (SK) - Co-founder of MATSUKO.
2017
  • Joshua Newham (UK) - Director of Design Technology in Method, focusing on the intersection of design and artificial intelligence.
  • Zsuzsa Kovács (HU) - UX Research Director at Prezi.
  • Karl Strocker (AT) - Professor, exhibition project director, historian and the founder of Bisdato Exhibition & Museum Design.
  • Rui Coutinho (PT) - Strategist, manager, professor, researcher, mentor and entrepreneur and the founder of Porto Design Factory.
  • Stéphan Assadourian (CA) - Game developer and one of the founding members of the Assassin’s Creed franchise.
  • Claudia Schnugg (AT) - Independent researcher in the interdisciplinary field of art, technology, business and science and the senior curator at Ars Electronica Futurelab.
  • Jaro Slávik (SK) - Disrupt speaker, producer and manager who worked with stars like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna and Phil Collins.
  • Luis Fernandes (PT) - Canal 180 Executive Producer of Canal 180 Media Platform.
  • Andrej Kolenčík (SK) - Film director and artist who works under his own production company Admiral Films.
  • Sébastien Larroude (CA) - Conceptual designer, author and artistic director, game developer.

Revolution of today

In 2018, we shone a light on one of the most revolutionary technologies ever available to mankind - artificial intelligence or AI.

"Intelligent systems can recognise faces and places, understand speech, write newspaper articles, and even create music, poems or images. But are computers able to be truly creative, or does the ability to create remain a human privilege? Will AI replace artists or will it be a tool which will improve human creativity? How will it affect culture, education and business? How and why do artists contribute to the development of AI? And in which direction will this digital revolution go?"

Read more about the topic of Art & Tech Conference 2018 and its speakers in this article.

The Art & Tech Conference opens up important topics in the field of art and technology every year. 2019 edition will focus on the topic of language and communication. Both areas - art and technology - use a specific language. Hence, we will look for their overlaps and ways in which they can communicate effectively and then exists in symbiosis.

More information on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and the official website.

Success stories

From an idea to a six-day festival
In the beginning, there was the question of what if, a few months from now, there was a week-long celebration of media arts, technology and digital culture. The Art & Tech Days has since expanded to seven different locations, thanks to the collaboration with DAAVS. Together, we introduced a progressive generation of multimedia artists who portrayed contemporary media art in the V4 context.In Košice, we played the tunes of Nenada Branković and Boris Sirka while Gábor Kristóf, Boris Vitázek, Michal Mitro and Ľuboš Zbranek exhibited their work. We also had the opportunity to watch VJ Symposium with VJ London and HRTL line-up and seven live choreographic installations from the Ziggurat Project along with Nano VJs visualisations. Panáčik (SK) and the newcomer Fjordmos (CZ) went on stage in Tabačka.
International representatives of digital culture in Košice
Prezi, Ubisoft, Porto Design Factory, Ars Electronica and many others in Košice as part of the Art & Tech Conference 2017 to experience the mix of art, technology and digital culture. As the main organiser, together with Košice IT Valley, we carefully select and introduce people who are continuously developing the creative industry.Joshua Newnham (UK), the director of design technology at Method, UX expert Zsuzsi Kovács (HU), Claudia Schnugg (AT), the creative process facilitator in the Sparks Residential Programme at Ars Electronica, gaming consultant Stephan Assadourian (CA) or Canal180 executive producer Luis Fernandes (PT) shared their valuable know-how in the sphere of machine learning. More about the current year on atdays.sk.
Košice has become member of Creative Cities Network
Košice is the first Slovak city to become UNESCO Creative City (part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network) in the sphere of media art. They joined the club together with other 64 cities from around the world. Thanks to this, we now have a great opportunity to become more visible on a global level, develop international cooperation and create opportunities for creative people not only from Košice but also from all over Slovakia.The application to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network was prepared by CIKE and we also proposed several key activities that convinced UNESCO that Košice deserves the title of Creative City. For example, we mentioned the creation of an urban game, or the appreciation of young artists from partner cities and founding of an open media art gallery in Košice. As a result of this title, CIKE organises each autumn Art & Tech Days festival culminating in a conference.

This year's theme will go "Beyond Words". Explore the nuances of language & communication with us and buy your ticket now.

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