The role of the artist has changed dramatically in the digital age, and new tools put creative control in the hands of audiences like never before. Dive into a new artistic landscape with thinkers and tinkerers who are putting users at the center of the map.

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Eli Clark-Davis

Chief Partnership Officer and NYC Community Architect for Daybreaker, Eli Clark-Davis has built his career on positivity, playfulness and collaborations. He is best known for bringing challenging Daybreaker productions to life and executing partnerships with the biggest brands and organizations in the world including IBM Watson with whom he co-created The World’s First Cognitive Dance Party, The White House, Samsung, GE, Nike, AMEX, Saks Fifth Ave, NFL, Calvin Klein, Reebok, Whole Foods, Amazon, New Balance, and Facebook among many others. A graduate from Oberlin College, he lives in Brooklyn, NY with his fiancée and business partner Radha Agrawal (Co-Founder and CEO of Daybreaker) and are expecting their first daughter.

You can find him @eliclarkdavis on Instagram.

Lucy yip

Lucy Yip is an interdisciplinary artist / designer currently studying at Harvard University, focusing on technology-oriented designs based on interactions between human and machine, objects and empathy. She takes inspiration from the unique interaction between Art, Science, Design and Engineering in consideration of knowledge, data, behavior and relevance. She is an engineer who loves photography, a material researcher enthusiastic about computer science, and at the same time, a freelance artist passionate about pedagogy.

ryan edwards

Ryan Edwards is a career artist working mainly in the areas where sound and physical form intersect. From a beginning in big band jazz, to an extensive study in West African music and dance, he has been on the path to make people dance from the start. For 10 years he led annual adventure-travel missions to Guinea, West Africa. He has been at the helm of touring folkloric drum and dance ensembles, Caribbean dance bands as well as afrobeat music projects. Currently producing interdisciplinary art and performance work, he continues to explore installations and design for dance, public artworks, electronic dance music as well as various site-specific projects. Ryan is a New Music America Grant Recipient as well as a Creative City, Live Arts Boston and Now + There Arts Fellow. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in performance from Berklee College of Music and a minor in Africana Studies. Ryan is most proud to be the father of two beautiful children, Jafiah and Maya.


Tobias Putrih

Tobias Putrih engages 20th century avant-gardes, particularly utopian and visionary concepts of architecture and design, through a range of conceptual and materially ephemeral projects. He designs makeshift architectural modifications of public spaces—cinemas, a library, galleries, and a university commons—constructing temporary environments out of paper, cardboard, plywood, monofilament, and light. Sculptures are made of fugitive materials such as soap bubble membranes, or through precise handling of everyday manufactured materials like Styrofoam and cardboard. His sculptures are products of precisely specified processes while also responding to their sites; some sculpture is problematized as furniture to be moved and inhabited, privileging bodily engagement over vision. Putrih deals with artworks as proposals, maquettes, or models—exploratory assertions of radical possibilities, the idea of the monument reconceptualized as something momentary and experimental.


karl sims

Karl Sims is a digital media artist and visual effects software developer. He was the founder of GenArts, Inc., a creator of special effects software tools for the motion picture industry. He previously held positions at Thinking Machines Corporation, Optomystic, and Whitney/Demos Productions. Karl studied computer graphics at the MIT Media Lab, and Life Sciences as an undergraduate at MIT. His interactive works have been exhibited worldwide at the Pompidou Center, Ars Electronica, ICC Museum, DeCordova Museum, Boston Museum of Science, and at MIT. He is the recipient of various awards including two Ars Electronica Golden Nicas and a MacArthur Fellowship Award.

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ali shtarbanov

Ali Shtarbanov is a transdisciplinary human-centered innovator, engineer, and system designer whose work lies at the intersection of electrical- software- and mechanical-engineering, robotics, and interaction design. Currently, Ali is a Research Assistant and a first year Ph.D. Student at the MIT Media Lab. He develops interactive systems that enable radically new user experiences, bridging the gap between the worlds of bits, atoms, and human emotions; builds platforms that empower engineers, artists, and content creators to innovate and express their creative potential in entirely new directions; and designs products that enable people to perform everyday tasks more simply, more efficiently, and more enjoyably. In 2018, Ali was selected by MIT Technology Review "35 Innovators Under 35" to serve as a judge for the 2018 Europe edition.

Moderator: Sydney Skybetter

Sydney Skybetter is a choreographer. Hailed by Dance Magazine as “One of the most influential people in dance today,” his work has been performed around the country at such venues as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Boston Center for the Arts, Jacob’s Pillow and The Joyce Theater. A sought-after speaker, he lectures on everything from dance history to cultural futurism, most recently at Harvard University, South by Southwest Interactive, TEDx, Saatchi and Saatchi, Dance/USA, and Oculus Research. He has consulted for Sotheby’s, The National Ballet of Canada, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Hasbro, New York University and The University of Southern California, among others, and is a Public Humanities Fellow and Lecturer at Brown University where he researches the choreographics of human computer interfaces and mixed reality systems. He is the founder of the Conference for Research on Choreographic Interfaces (CRCI), which convenes ethnographers, anthropologists, speculative designers and performing artists to discuss the choreography of the Internet of Things. He produces shows at Joe’s Pub, SteelStacks and OBERON with DanceNOW[NYC], has served as a Grant Panelist for the National Endowment of the Arts, is a Curatorial Advisor for Fractured Atlas’ Exponential Creativity Fund, and is the winner of a RISCA Fellowship in Choreography from the State of Rhode Island. He received his MFA in Choreography from New York University.