Scottsdale Public Art and CODAworx to Converge in November at Annual CODA Summit: Intersection of Art, Technology and Place to Be Held in Scottsdale at Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light.
CODAsummit is a three-day conference for all people and businesses involved in creating large-scale artwork and commissioned to examine how tech-infused art installations can change the way environments are experienced.
Produced by CODAworx, this year’s CODAsummit will be hosted by Scottsdale Public Art from November 10-12 at the Scottsdale Arts Campus and other venues in Old Town Scottsdale.
Canal Convergence is a free 10-day annual temporary public art event at the Scottsdale Waterfront, featuring interactive and light-based art installations from around the world, thrilling performances, creative workshops, educational opportunities and more.
This year’s event, hosted by Scottsdale Public Art in association with other branches of Scottsdale Arts, is scheduled for November 5-14 and will focus on the theme “Art and Technology” related to CODAsummit.
“We’re excited to bring Canal Convergence back to the Scottsdale Waterfront with our in-person programming, including live music, food and drink,” said Kim Boganey, director of Scottsdale Public Art. “In addition, we are honored to host the first public art conference, CODAsummit, which will bring visitors to Scottsdale from all over the world, many of whom will experience Canal Convergence for the first time. “
The combination of cutting edge technology with public art has allowed some of the most exciting and innovative works of art to appear at Canal Convergence. Through this year’s theme, Scottsdale Public Art intends to broaden the public’s understanding of the role of technology in artistic creation and to explore its impact on society.
Jennifer Gill, public art manager for Canal Convergence, said the organizers select works of art that showcase cutting-edge technology alongside the event’s eternal themes of water, light, sustainability and interactivity.
“From data visualization to augmented reality, these ever-evolving technologies are reshaping the way public art is created and experienced,” Ms. Gill said. “While Canal Convergence also continues to evolve, it is natural to present the theme” Art and technology “for 2021.”
Among the 2021 artworks will be “Say What You Will” by MASARY Studios, a Boston-based collective previously shown at Canal Convergence. “Say What You Will” is an audiovisual installation that invites audiences to express themselves with their voices and see their expression achieved through light and video projection over the Arizona Canal.
Canal Convergence will also continue to explore augmented reality technology, including works entirely based on augmented reality like “Mirage” by Los Angeles artist Nancy Baker Cahill.
Created specifically for Canal Convergence, “Mirage” demonstrates the focus on the sustainability of the event with an abstract animated AR design of water droplets, sand granules and an hourglass that will appear above the Arizona channel, reflecting the Arizona sun during the day and shining at night. Like last year’s AR items, “Mirage” will be accessible through the Hoverlay app.
Technology-based artworks like those at Canal Convergence provide a clear connection to the intersection of art, technology and place of CODAsummit, according to a press release.
Toni Sikes, CEO of CODAworx, said CODAsummit focuses on the paradigm shift of technology playing an increasingly key role in major works of art. The aim of the summit is to bring together leading artists, technology companies, sponsoring entities and thought leaders from the art world to promote artistic and technological collaborations and develop critical reflection on the role of technology in the art of creating places, the press release said.
“The theme for this year’s conference is Creative Revolution,” said Ms. Sikes. “We believe that artists and other creative professionals are more important than ever to our society. Often their work is fueled by a desire to solve real world problems or to raise provocative questions or to offer refuge from those real world problems.
CODAworx is an online community that connects artists, designers, architects, art consultants, public art administrators, manufacturers and more, combining creative talent with creative opportunities. The organization also publishes the monthly online magazine CODA and organizes the annual CODAawards.
Among the topics to be covered at CODAsummit are the reimagining of public art as energetic landscapes and augmented reality for experiential works of art. Presenters include Ryan Edwards, artist for Canal Convergence, MASARY Studios, and James Carpenter, founder of James Carpenter Design Associates, the New York-based design studio that created “Glass Scrim Wall” at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA ). Mr. Carpenter will deliver the summit’s opening speech.
“This is a kismet opportunity to bring together people from across the arts sector, combining an innovative public art exhibition with an in-depth meeting for industry professionals,” said Sarah Muehlbauer, program coordinator for CODAworx. “In this way, events amplify their momentum. It is a unique event in the visual arts world, especially in public art and technology.
For more information on CODAsummit, visit CODAworx.com/codasummit-2021/.
Over the next few months, more Canal Convergence artwork and information on performances, workshops and other aspects of the event will be added to the event website at CanalConvergence.com.