A VIEW FROM THE CLOUD is a multimedia platform to examine the role of art and technology in sharpening how we see the world, and creating solutions to help achieve humanitarian objectives and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Programs take place in public spaces, cultural centers, and on digital platforms.
A VIEW FROM THE CLOUD
interactive salon of art, innovation, education, and conversation
Wednesday, 17 May, 2017
Art on view beginning at 2:30 pm, interactive salon, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
United Nations Church Center
777 UN Plaza, 2nd Floor, New York
NEW YORK – May 2, 2017 — Coinciding with Creative Tech Week NYC, A View From The Cloud will bring together innovators from across fields and the general public to examine the role of art and technology in sharpening how we see the world, and creating solutions to help achieve humanitarian objectives and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The salon will take place May 17, 3:00 – 6:00 pm at the United Nations Church Center, 777 UN Plaza, (44th Street between 1st and 2nd Ave) 2nd Floor, New York. RSVP is required.
Presenters include MIT Neuroscientist Dr. Emile Bruneau; Astronaut, Nicole Stott; humanoid robot Bina 48 and Bruce Duncan Terasem Foundation Managing Director; Paula DiPerna, strategic global environmental and philanthropic policy advisor; United Nations Peacekeeping, Department of Field Support, Eduardo Artigas; Kristin Gutekunst, Executive Producer UN Virtual Reality, New Media & Immersive Content; Directors and educators from various international academic institutions, and UN agencies.
The program takes place within a setting of visual and performing arts: Shahzia Sikander (courtesy Sean Kelly Gallery NY), Richard Mosse (courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery NY), AES+F, Eduardo Kac, Michael Najjar, Maurice Benayoun, Federico Solmi, Claire Jervert, Nicole Stott, Matthew Willey, Massimiliano Fusari, Elias Crespin and Jacopo Baboni-Schilingi, Kate Specter, Alice Arnold, violinist Ragin Wenk-Wolff and sound artists to be announced. The program is curated by Nina Colosi, Founder of Streaming Museum, with curatorial advisors Nina Zaretskaya, Founder of TV Gallery Moscow; Sherry Dobbin, former Director of Times Square Arts; and Joel Chadabe, Founder of Ear to the Earth and Electronic Music Institute; innovation advisor, Lee Anderson, Founder of Starkweather and FAAR (Fashioning Aerospace for Advanced Realities).
A View From the Cloud is inspired by the ‘overview effect’—astronauts’ transformative experience of society’s interdependence, as a result of seeing the earth in space. AVFTC connects rare insights with practical solutions and individuals and organizations working to achieve them in diverse fields.
Co-produced by Streaming Museum and World Council of Peoples for the United Nations, A View From The Cloud is a multi-year globally touring project that was introduced at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza – “the Gateway to the United Nations”, in September 2015. Hundreds attended a program that included the film Planetary, art, and presentations by UN Assistant Secretary General on Climate Change Janos Pasztor and Astronaut Ron Garan. Since then, the exhibition and public programs have toured to Kvinesdal, Helsinki, and Miami, with programs planned for international cities.
An immersive visual and sound art exhibition took place in Kvinesdal, Norway, November 10, 2016 through January 29, 2017.
The exhibition was co-curated with Torill Haugen, Director of Utsikten Kunstsenter, Kvinesdal, along with a series of public programs for general public and students. The exhibition featured the cinematography of Christoph Ferstad, co-founder of the Planetary Collective; sound art and the “Emergence” video art of Leah Barclay who also conducted River Listening underwater recording workshops for high school students; Ben Grant creator of Daily Overview who has almost 500,000 Instagram followers; and Norwegian photographer Kai-Wilhelm Nessler.
Streaming Museum founder, Nina Colosi, presented A View From The Cloud in her keynote talk at the art fair ArtHelsinki in the international program for professionals in September 2016.
The public programs explored the art market of the future, the digitization of art, and the interaction between the commercial and non-commercial art worlds. The series of public programs featured well-known Finnish and international experts in the field of art.
Colosi’s special guests were painter and conceptual and digital artist Claire Jervert who talked about her explorations in the new frontier of robotics around the world and exhibited her Android Portraits; and fair visitors the opportunity to interact with the internationally known humanoid robot Bina48 created by Hanson Robotics, and Terasem Foundation Managing Director Bruce Duncan.
Streaming Museum presented Mark Amerika’s “Lake Como Remix” (2012) by pioneer media artist and author Mark Amerika. The video reveals the way online technologies stitch new forms of reality into what passes as a representation of the real while documenting an alternative and experiential “head trip” suggestive of both time-travel and teleportation.
Upcoming exhibitions will be announced.
Janos Pasztor, UN Assistant Secretary General on Climate Change at A VIEW FROM THE CLOUD remarked at the opening event: “Building support for the new Global Goals and for a climate agreement are essential, and it is extremely gratifying to see such support from the arts to educate and energize peoples understanding of what is at stake.”
Hundreds of people gathered at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza on September 14, 2015 for a cinematic experience of art, space and the world, with Special Guest speaker, United Nations Assistant Secretary General on Climate Change, Janos Pasztor, a screening of the film PLANETARY, remarks by Special Guests, Astronaut Ron Garan, Director, Guy Reid, Cinematographer, Christoph Ferstad, and a presentation of art by international artists.
Attending the event were artists whose work was exhibited and will be included in the ongoing programming: Maxi Cohen, Michael Najjar, Aparna Rao, Edwina Sandys, John F. Simon, Jr., Marty St. James, Ragin Wenk-Wolff, and Marina Zurkow.
Event sponsors: Metropolitan Pacific Properties, Pattison Advertising, ArtCop21, Family Schools, NYC Parks, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, Rooftop Films, Cargo Film and Releasing.
Topics and questions covered in A View From The Cloud:
The neuroscience and anthropological perspectives on the roots of conflict, factors that affect human behavior, communication, and cooperation
The potential of art and creative technology — including AI and robotics, machine learning, VR, and future technologies, to take the pulse of the world, expand creativity, and generate new strategies to prevent conflict and address global challenges.
Models of Innovation exemplified in countries around the world, including programs where communities actively participate in data collection and interpretation, devising solutions, and informing policies that impact their livelihood
The future of living standards, the value of work, and new industries
At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit
on 25 September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030
Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a
set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty,
fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change
Programming emerges from the unique vantage points and diverse international expertise and partnerships of Streaming Museum and World Council of Peoples for the United Nations.
Streaming Museum (streamingmuseum.org) produces and presents arts and related programs that since 2008 have reached millions on 7 continents in public spaces, at cultural and commercial centers, and streamingmuseum.org.
Contact: Nina Colosi, Founder, Creative Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
World Council of Peoples for the United Nations (WCPUN.org) is a non-governmental organization in association with the United Nations Department of Public Information dedicated to facilitating partnerships across sectors that advance awareness and implementation of the UN’s goals.
Contact: Shamina de Gonzaga, Executirve Director, WCPUN, email@example.com
Exhibitions – Film Screenings – Interactive Salons – Analysis – Education – New Works – VIP events
A View from the Cloud partnership opportunities are available for the complete multi-year program, theme-specific series, and individual events. Programs are adaptable to public spaces, cultural centers, and digital platforms with media and on-site visibility.