CODAsummit Virtual

The Intersection of Art, Technology and Place

Sept. 30 — Oct. 2, 2020

CODAsummit Virtual is the only conference focused on the exciting ways creative professionals are incorporating technology to create artwork installations that are changing the ways we experience our environments.

We invite you to join us online in early October, where the art + technology community come together to network, share information and resources, and redefine the creative field in the process.

About CODAsummit Virtual

CODAsummit Virtual will feature world-class speakers, content, networking opportunities - all in a completely virtual, immersive experience. This gathering brings together creative professionals from all over the world to meet, connect, and learn from one another.

CODAsummit Virtual will continue the tradition of past events – by creating a shared moment in time, allowing everyone to feel part of something bigger. And let’s face it, at this moment in time, we really need to feel part of something bigger.

Our theme is creative revolution; presentations will provide us with the vision, strategy, and effective practices to bring about change. Content includes both theoretical and practical information, drawing from internationally-known artists, technologists, and thought-leaders in the art and design worlds.

We have gathered together a diverse group of creative revolutionaries who are taking a stand through their artwork and the spaces they transform. If that definition describes you, please join us.

Explore work by our amazing speakers

Schedule of Events

CODAawards Celebration Party!

3D virtual world via Second Life

Wednesday, September 30th

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The CODAawards celebrate projects that demonstrate the integration of commissioned art into interior, architectural, or public spaces - and they have become a prestigious badge of recognition around the globe.

Come join us for this one-of-a-kind virtual party honoring the recipients of the 8th Annual CODAawards! We’re excited to meet you in 3D via Second Life for a brief ceremony, a virtual cocktail reception, and dance in a fresh environment. You’ll get to see a video of the award-winning projects, and get to know your fellow attendees in their avatar form.

This year, we went “all in” on technology - not only as the subject of our conference, but in the way we created it! We’re excited to meet you in 3D via Second Life for a brief ceremony, a fresh environment, a virtual cocktail reception, dance and social space. You’ll get to see video and images of the award winning projects, and get to know your fellow attendees in their avatar form.

Created by Alt Ethos of Denver, CO, this virtual event kicks off our conference with a bang, integrating technology, art, social connection, and importantly... PLAY. We look forward to seeing you in virtual space!

9:00 – 9:15 am

Welcome Remarks

9:15 – 10:00 am

Opening Keynote: The Role of Art in the Future of Technological Development

Amsterdam’s studio DRIFT creates work with depth and simplicity, raising fundamental questions about what life is and exploring a positive scenario for art influencing our future world

  • Lonneke Gordijn    |    Co-Founder, studio DRIFT
  • Introduction by Barbara Tober    |    President, Acronym, Inc.

10:00 – 10:15 am


10:15 – 11:15 am

Commissioning at the Intersection of Art + Technology

Leading commissioners in diverse market segments discuss innovation in commissioning at the forefront of new technology

  • Christiane Paul (Moderator)   –   Adjunct Curator of Digital Art, Whitney Museum
  • Clodagh   –   CEO, Clodagh Design International
  • Katherine Dirga   –   Program Manager, Atlanta’s Art in Transit
  • Tim Fredregill   –   Development Executive, Milender White
  • Martha Weidman   –  CEO, NINE dot ARTS

10:15 – 11:15 am

Case Study: Art and the Experience Economy

  • Canal Convergence, presented by Jennifer Gill   |  Public Art Manager, Scottsdale Public Art

11:15 – 11:30 am


11:30 – 12:30 pm

Straight Talk

An artist, an airport commissioner, and a fabricator pose difficult questions and demand straight answers from one another – all in the spirit of transparency

  • Joe Riche (Moderator)   –   Firm Principal, Demiurge
  • Lauren Lockhart   –   Art Program Manager, San Diego International Airport
  • Vicki Scuri   –   Public Artist, SiteWorks
  • Steve Blanchette   –   Executive Producer and Technical Director, Wireframe

11:30 – 12:30 pm

Art & the Built Environment: Top Five Legal Issues for Art Commissioners

Experienced art lawyer discusses issues around commissioning artwork, including federal protection for artwork and key contract terms regarding digital and computer-enabled artwork.  The session will highlight the legal issues with augmented (and other) technologies.

  • Sammetria Goodson   –  Art Law Attorney

11:30 – 12:30 pm

Case Study: Art and the Experience Economy

  • Quartier des Spectacles, presented by Guillaume Aniorte   |   Executive Advisor,

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Virtual Lunch: Table Talks

Powered by High Fidelity

1:30 – 2:00 pm

Starting and Growing a Creative Business

  • Alice Loy   |   Co-Founder, Creative Startups

1:30 – 2:00 pm

Case Study: Art and the Experience Economy

  • LightRails:  Light Sculpture as Placemaking, presented by Bill FitzGibbons

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Industry Presentations

  • Twelve 20-minute Industry Presentations
  • Three simultaneous group chats, presentations are pre-recorded and accessible throughout conference

7:00 – 8:30 pm

Movie Night

  • Short videos (7-minute presentations) by CODAsummit attendees about projects using new technologies

9:00 – 9:45 am

Opening Keynote: The Perpetual School of Infinite Amazement

Moment Factory from Montreal creates destinations that offer new experiences to the world; their work aims to inspire a collective sense of wonder and connection

  • Amahl Hazelton    |    Head of Strategy and Development, Moment Factory

9:45 – 10:00 am


10:00 – 10:45 am

How We Did It

Risk:  The Necessary Ingredient for Artistic Growth

  • Gail Folwell    |     Folwell Studios
  • Jeremy Crandell    |    Arts enabler and former Project Manager, Burning Man Project

10:00 – 10:45 am

How We Did It

Creating Winning Public Art Proposals

  • David Dahlquist    |    Principal, RDG Planning and Design
  • Matt Niebuhr    |    Senior Partner, RDG Planning and Design

10:00 – 10:45 am

How We Did It

New Venues for Digital Artists:  Video Walls and Urban Screens

  • George Fifield    |    Director, Boston Cyberarts

10:00 – 10:45 am

How We Did It

Dealing with the Complexities of Installing Large Artworks Overseas

  • Ralph Helmick    |    Sculptor

10:45 – 11:00 am


11:00 am – noon

Case Study: Art and the Experience Economy

  • Discovery Green Conservancy, presented by Barry Mandel

1:00 – 1:45 pm

Creative Revolutionaries: Building Bridges

Nohlab from Istanbul is on a constant search to remove the borders and build bridges between the human, place and time

  • Candas Sisman   |     Co-Founder, Nohlab
  • Deniz Kader    |     Co-Founder, Nohlab

11:30 am – noon

Conversation: Art + Technology – An Early History

Museum pioneer discusses moving video artists such as Bill Viola and Nam June Paik into the mainstream of museum exhibitions; National Public Radio interviewer guides the conversation
  • David Ross    |    Chair of MFA Practice at the NY School of Visual Arts, former Director of the Whitney Museum and SFMOMA

Noon – 1:00 pm

Virtual Lunch: Table Talks

1:00 – 1:30 pm

Conversation: Art Marrying into Architecture

  • Ed Schlossberg     |    ESI Design

12:30 – 2:30 pm

Artist Showcases

10-minute presentations by artists who work in augmented reality, video projections, digital mapping, data visualization, sound…and much more
  • Twelve 10-minute Artist Presentations
  • 2 simultaneous group chats, presentations are pre-recorded and accessible throughout conference

3:00 – 3:45 pm

Closing Keynote: A Perspective on the Future

A leader in the visual art gallery world comments on the fact that major galleries and architectural firms are embracing the digital experience – and how that affects the commissioned art industry

  • Christy MacLear    |    CEO, PaceX

3:45 – 4:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Keynote Speakers

JanWillem Kaldenbach 1

Lonneke Gordijn

Dutch artists Lonneke Gordijn (1980) and Ralph Nauta (1978) founded studio DRIFT in 2007. With a multi-disciplinary team of 64, they work on experiential sculptures, installations and performances. DRIFT manifests the phenomena and hidden properties of nature with the use of technology in order to learn from the Earth’s underlying mechanisms and to re-establish our connection to it. DRIFT has realized numerous exhibitions and projects around the world. Their work has been exhibited at Victoria & Albert Museum (2009, 2015); Met Museum (2010); Stedelijk Museum (2018); UTA Artist Space (2019); Garage Museum (2019); Mint Museum (2019); Biennale di Venezia (2015); Pace Gallery (2017).

Amahl Hazelton

Amahl Hazelton joined Moment Factory in 2009, and now heads Strategy and Development for the multimedia studio’s ‘Cities’ division. His experience in Digital Placemaking ranges from experiential place promotion activations for Tourism bureaus to permanent visitor attractions and storytelling activations on flagship civic facades ranging from Vancouver’s iconic Canada Place Convention Centre to the National Arts Centre and federal Parliament in Ottawa. A graduate of McGill University’s School of Urban Planning with a specialization in Place Branding & Competitive Identity, Amahl has led the development of groundbreaking media architecture installations that celebrate local, regional and national identity from LAX and Changi airports to iconic civil infrastructure such as the Interactive Illumination of Montreal’s monumental Jacques Cartier Bridge--which earned the Smart Cities Grand Prize at SXSW 2018. 


Candas Sisman + Denis Kader

Nohlab is a studio, focused on producing interdisciplinary experiences around art, design and technology. It builds a bridge between the digital and the physical reality, while examining the relationship of technology with art and design. It produces tools, designs and stories in which the connection between the human and technology reflects in many different ways.

The works of the studio have been in numerous international festivals & events such as ISEA, Signal, OFFF, TedX, Vivid, Sonar Istanbul, World Government Summit, and received awards from Culturespaces, ARS Electronica and Japan Media Arts Festival. The studio also worked with many brands and organizations including Chanel, Pink Floyd, Target, Audi, Nike, Scriabin Museum, Atelier des Lumieres and EA Theater.

Christy MacLear

Christy MacLear is the CEO of PaceX, a new company connecting experiential media artists with a broader consumer market. PaceX represents a community of diverse contemporary artists who create transformative experiences with the potential to change how people see the world, how they relate to it, and the impact they can have on it. Throughout her career, MacLear has focused on building companies in pioneering territories, including art, legacy, placemaking, and real estate.  She was previously Vice Chairman at Art Agency Partners, a subsidiary of Sotheby’s, the first CEO of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and the founding Executive Director of the Phillip Johnson Glass House. MacLear serves on the Board of Trustees for Stanford University and as the Board Chair of the Municipal Art Society of New York City. Both of these roles underscore her love of long-range visions for arts, culture, city planning, and education. She holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. 

Ed Schlossberg

Ed Schlossberg

An internationally recognized pioneer in experience design and audience engagement, Ed Schlossberg launched his career in 1977 with the design of one of the world’s first interactive museums, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Since then, he has been at the forefront of design and technological innovation, creating imaginative and unparalleled public experiences that bring audiences together to explore, learn, communicate and collaborate. Under Schlossberg’s leadership, ESI Design has created groundbreaking corporate and retail spaces, sales and innovation centers, museums, digital media installations and multi-player game environments for an array of companies, brands and cultural institutions. Recent clients include eBay, WarnerMedia, PNC Bank, Barclays, Beacon Capital Partners, Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate.

Keynote Speakers

JanWillem Kaldenbach 1

Lonneke Gordijn


Studio DRIFT


Amahl Hazelton

Head of Strategy and Development

Moment Factory


Candas Sisman + Denis Kader




Christy MacLear



Ed Schlossberg

Ed Schlossberg

ESI Design

Featured Speakers + Panelists

Steve Blanchette

Co-Founder  –   Wireframe


Director  –   Clodagh Design

Michael Chavez

Public Art Program Manager  –   City of Denver

Jeremy Crandell

Arts Enabler and former Project Manager  –   Burning Man Project

Gavin Downey

Senior Product Manager  –   EPSON America

Gail Folwell


Tim Fredregill

Development Manager  –   Milender White

Sammetria Goodson

Art Law Attorney

Ralph Helmick


Lauren Lockhart

Art Program Manager  –   San Diego International Airport

Christiane Paul

Adjunct Curator of Digital Art  –   Whitney Museum

Joe Riche

Firm Principal   –   Demiurge LLC

David Ross

Chair of MFA  –   School of Visual Arts, New York

Vicki Scuri

Public Artist  –   SiteWorks

Ilene Shaw

President  –   Shaw & Co! Productions

Martha Weidman

CEO  –   NINE dot ARTS

Gareth Brennan

CEO, President, and Founder  –   Eventscape Inc.

Katherine Dirga

Program Manager  –   Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)


All CODAsummit tickets include access to the virtual CODAawards Celebration Party held via SecondLife, live networking, interactive lunchtime Table Talks powered by High Fidelity, and anytime access to talks and presentations hosted on AirDeck.


CODAworx Profile Members

Basic Members and Non-Members


Early Bird until August 15

$112.50 USD

$150 USD


Standard Rate

$170 USD

$200 USD



All CODAsummit tickets include access to the virtual CODAawards Celebration Party held via SecondLife, live networking, interactive lunchtime Table Talks powered by High Fidelity, and anytime access to talks and presentations hosted on AirDeck.

CODAworx Profile Members

$112.50 Early Bird until Aug. 15
$170 Standard Rate

Basic Members and Non-Members

$150 Early Bird until Aug. 15
$200 Standard Rate

Thank you to our outstanding sponsors and partners for supporting CODAsummit and the entire commissioned art industry!

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