21st Century Art


Technology is disrupting every industry in some way, shape, or form. This is even true of the arts community. Augmented and Virtual Reality are playing a large role in the visual arts, music, dramatic arts, and even in the written word. As we look forward into the 21st century, we ask ourselves--what will art look like in future generations? How will it be produced? How will it be appreciated? How will it be valued? 

This forum will explore how art and technology intersect and the evolving convergence pushing forth a blending of creativity that challenges us to think about art in new ways. Does an artist who uses Augmented Reality to create her work expand our thoughts about what defines art? Can a composer convey information through music? Through live performance, video, discussion, and a pop-up art gallery with Music-Scape ambience Seattle artists create an experience that humanizes the beginning of the digitization of the Arts. 


Ginny Ruffner

Ginny Ruffner is a Seattle artist, trained at the University of Georgia as a painter. Ruffner has had 88 solo shows, several hundred group shows, and her work is in 55 permanent museum and public collections around the world.
Seattle public art installations include a 30-foot tall kinetic water feature downtown and a permanent installation in the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park.
Recent Augmented Reality projects include ‘Weston Riff’ at Photo Center NW, ‘Branches’ at Seattle International Film Festival, ‘Poetic Hybrids’ at Seattle Art Museum, and the Institute for Systems Biology, and the NFFTY festival at Seattle Center. 

The next exhibition: ‘Reforestation of the Imagination’  will be at the Smithsonian in DC; June 28, 2019-Jan 5 2020. It will be accompanied by a book, and will subsequently travel around the country. 

Allan Loucks

Allan Loucks is an award-winning orchestral and choral composer whose hundreds of compositions have been heard nationwide in a wide range of media. Examples include game music, educational software packages, films, TV, advertising, live theater productions, news reports, print publications, websites, dance, opera, sacred music, experimental works, non-linear adaptive music scores, interactive music, multi-dimensional/positional/immersive music, the concert hall, and more. Currently, Allan can also be found sitting in with choirs, bands, and orchestras, for various performing and recording projects.


Michael Tyka

Mike Tyka studied Biochemistry and Biotechnology at the University of Bristol. He obtained his PhD in Biophysics in 2007 and went on to work as a research fellow at the University of Washington and has been studying the structure and dynamics of protein molecules. In particular, he has been interested in protein folding and has been writing computer simulation software to better understand this fascinating process. Protein folding is the way our genetic code is interpreted from an abstract sequence of data into the functional enzymes and nano machines that drive our bodies. Mike currently works on machine learning at Google in Seattle.

Mike became involved in creating sculpture and art in 2009 when he helped design and construct Groovik's Cube, a 35ft tall, functional, multi-player Rubik"s cube. Since then he co-founded ALTSpace, a shared art studio in Seattle, and started creating sculptures of protein molecules. He hopes to capture some of the hidden beauty of these amazing nanomachines, make it accessible to the general public, and maybe act as inspiration for those who want to learn more about the biochemistry that make life possible.

Since 2015 Mike has also begun working with artificial neural networks as an artistic medium and tool. He created some of the first largescale artworks using Iterative DeepDream and collaborated with Refik Anadol to create a pioneering immersive projection installations using Generative Adversarial Networks called Archive Dreaming. His latest generative portraits series "Portraits of Imaginary People" has been shown at ARS Electronica in Linz, at the New Museum in Karuizawa (Japan) and at the Seoul Museum of Art.

Bob Rosner

Our moderator for the evening will be Bob Rosner. Bob is a best-selling author, award-winning journalist and national TV contributor for the Today Show, CBS This Morning and CNBC. In addition to local work with KING, Q13 and KOMO. His expertise includes strategic positioning, video production, marketing and better bossing. He’s been a consultant and board member of a variety of nonprofit organizations including ACT Theater, the Rotary Club of Seattle and Ryther. 

Event Details

January 16, 2019

Program starts at 7:00pm, and ends at 8:30.

Social hour from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.

The Summit on Pike

The Summit on Pike
420 E. Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122

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