CODAsummit Virtual

The Intersection of Art, Technology and Place

Oct 1 & 2, 2020

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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.

Thank you to all who attended this year's virtual summit, we are looking forward to new and exciting ways to connect with you again in the near future. 

Access CODAsummit

All those who attended CODAsummit Virtual will have 6 months of unlimited access to video recordings of all the sessions, community message boards, and private messaging and networking capabilities with other attendees through the Whova platform.

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Keynote Speakers

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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 + Deniz 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 Superblue, 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

Edwin 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

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Lonneke Gordijn


Studio DRIFT


Amahl Hazelton

Head of Strategy and Development

Moment Factory


Candas Sisman + Denis Kader




Christy MacLear



Ed Schlossberg

Edwin Schlossberg

ESI Design

Featured Speakers + Panelists

Guillaume Aniorté

International Development Advisor, Quartier des Spectacles

Steve Blanchette

Co-Founder  –   Wireframe

Gareth Brennan

CEO, President, and Founder  –   Eventscape Inc.

Ed Carpenter



Director  –   Clodagh Design

Jeremy Crandell

Arts Enabler and former Project Manager  –   Burning Man Project

David Dahlquist

Artist - RDG Planning & Design

Katherine Dirga

Program Manager  –   Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)

Gavin Downey

Sr Product Manager, Large Venue Projectors   –   Epson America, Inc.

Gail Folwell


George Fifield

Founding Director - Boston Cyberarts Inc.

Bill Fitzgibbons


Tim Fredregill

Development Manager  –   Milender White

Sammetria Goodson

Art Law Attorney

Jennifer Gill

Public Art Manager  –   Scottsdale Arts

Suzanne Theis

Programming Director  –   Discovery Green Conservancy

Lauren Lockhart

Art Program Manager  –   San Diego International Airport

Alice Loy

Co-Founder  –   Creative Startups

Barry Mandel

President and Park Director  –   Discovery Green Conservancy

Dale Morgan

Founder and CEO  —   ASTOUND

Matt Niebuhr

Artist - RDG Planning & Design

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

Gerard Shallo

Sr. Director of Marketing   —   SNA Displays

Vicki Scuri

Public Artist  –   SiteWorks

Ilene Shaw

President  –   Shaw & Co! Productions

Martha Weidman

CEO  –   NINE dot ARTS

Agenda Recap

9:00 – 9:15 am

Welcome Remarks

  • Toni Sikes   |   CEO, CODAworx

9:15 – 10:00 am

Keynote: DRIFT About Coherence

Dutch artist Lonneke Gordijn, who creates experiential sculptures, installations and performances, investigates how we can enhance humankind in the future by using technology to create a deeper connectivity with the earth and with ourselves.

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

10:00 – 10:15 am

Open Networking

Use this time to meet one-on-one with other attendees using the conference platform’s networking features.

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
  • Introduction by Matt Peterson

11:15 – 11:30 am

Open Networking

Use this time to meet one-on-one with other attendees using the conference platform’s networking features.

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    |    Managing Attorney, Goodson Law PLLC
  • Introducion by Nicole Carroll    |    Vice President, Business Development, CODAworx

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

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  • El NiNo Alicea: Social Causes through Art
  • Nicole Carroll: What’s Truly Important To Commissioners
  • Alice Loy: Capital Investments for Creatives
  • Olivia Davis & Cheryl Maeder: The Impact of Art in Healthcare
  • Daniel Muccino: The impact of COVID 19 and the future of art in an uncertain time

Virtual Lunch Sponsored by:

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1:30 – 2:00 pm

How to Maneuver On Top of a Fast-Moving Train

Learn how to avoid creative and entrepreneurial pitfalls that destroy creativity and erode your confidence.  With the benefit of 20+ years collaborating with world-class artists, Gareth Brennan shares techniques to avoid these habits, change your mindset and grow your business.

  • Gareth Brennan    |    President & Founder, EVENTSCAPE
  • Introducion by Nicole Carroll    |    Vice President, Business Development, CODAworx

1:30 – 2:00 pm

Starting and Growing a Creative Business   |   Dreams Live Digitally

Thinking of starting a business?  This seasoned entrepreneur, who has mentored hundreds of creative startups, provides lessons and insights for developing a successful business. SNA Displays, sponsor of the Dreams Live Digitally Scholarships, introduces the 2020 scholarship winners.

  • Alice Loy   |   Co-Founder, Creative Startups
  • Scholarship Winners introduced by Gerard Shallo   |   Sr. Director of Marketing at SNA Displays
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1:30 – 2:00 pm

Case Study: Art and the Experience Economy

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

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Industry Presentations

  • Twelve 20-minute Industry Presentations
  • Two simultaneous presentations + Q&A, presentations are pre-recorded and accessible throughout conference

9:00 – 9:45 am

Keynote: Moving Forward: Artful and Innovative Multimedia Transformations

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


Use this time to meet one-on-one with other attendees using the conference platform’s networking features.

10:00 – 10:45 am

How We Did It

Risk:  The Necessary Ingredient for Artistic Growth

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

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 Acquiring, Managing, and Installing Large Artworks Overseas: A Discussion with an Artist who has Experienced Both Successes and Disappointments in Far Away Places 

  • Ed Carpenter  |  Artist

10:45 – 11:00 am


Use this time to meet one-on-one with other attendees using the conference platform’s networking features.

11:00 am – noon

Case Study: Art and the Experience Economy

  • Discovery Green Conservancy, presented by Barry Mandel, President and Park Director and Susanne Theis   |    Programming Director, Discovery Green Conservancy

11:00 – 11:30 am

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
  • Introduced by Gavin Downey   |   Group Product Manager at Epson America Inc.

11:30 am – noon

Public Art Reconsidered

What constitutes a great work of art, and how has that changed given the moment we are in — a raging pandemic, cries for racial justice, political upheaval?  What role can public art play and how might newer digital technologies change and expand the world of public art?  These and other questions will be explored when the former technology reporter from NPR interviews a pioneer who brought art + technology to two top U.S. museums - the Whitney and SFMOMA.

  • David Ross    |    Chair of MFA Practice at the NY School of Visual Arts, former Director of the Whitney Museum and SFMOMA
  • Laura Sydell    |    Arts Desk Correspondent, NPR

Noon – 1:00 pm

Virtual Lunch: Table Talks

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  • Amy Critchett: Expect Art: Building an Appetitie for Engagement
  • Kate Parker: Easing Developers Outside of Their Comfort Zone
  • Anne Patterson: Spirituality in Art
  • Annette Ridenour: The Role of Art Incorporating Technology in Healthcare
  • Ryan Sarfati: Faith and Action

Virtual Lunch Sponsored by:

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1:00 – 1:30 pm

Conversation: Design Art Architecture

A pioneer in the experiential art world talks about realizing ideas, and turning the audience into actors

  • Edwin Schlossberg     |    Partner, ESI Design
  • Ilene Shaw    |    President, Shaw & Co! Productions

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Artist Showcases

Presentations by artists who work in augmented reality, video projections, digital mapping, data visualization, sound…and much more

  • Twelve 10-minute Artist Presentations
  • Two simultaneous presentations + Q&A, 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, Superblue
  • Introduction by Dale Morgan   |   Founder and CEO, ASTOUND

3:45 – 4:00 pm

Closing Remarks

  • Toni Sikes   |   CEO, CODAworx
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Art for a Better World 

Presented by Margaret Johnson & Emily Johnson, Senior Associates of Art + Design, UAP

Drawing from years of working within the public realm, UAP’s Emily Johnson and Margaret Johnson will share their experience of collaborating with trailblazing artists who are shaping the new landscape of public art. From large-scale bronze sculptures, to smaller textile installations, this discussion will explore how art-makers are reflecting and responding to the voices of our communities.

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Case Study: Military Order of the Purple Heart

Presented by Uriah Bueller, Sculptor and CEO, Parasoleil

Parasoleil discusses the design intent, development process, engineering, and community impact of the installation for the Military Order of the Purple Heart at the memorial plaza in Henderson, Nevada.

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The Art of Collaboration

Presented by Matt Niebuhr, and David Dahlquist, Artists at RDG Planning & Design, and Shawn Garton, President of Johnson Machine Works

Exploring the critical relationship between artist, engineering, and fabrication, one that is built on trust, communication, and experience.

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Computational Techniques to Preserve Artistic Visions

Presenter: Alfonso Oliva, Director, LERA+

In this presentation, Alfonso Oliva, Director of the R&D branch at LERA will introduce the audience to a brief history of engineering design and through that, show the importance of implementing advanced computational techniques in contemporary design processes. Oliva will talk about the various ways his group incorporates different computational methods into sculptural projects, and the benefits of adopting these techniques - saving time, money and most importantly, preserving Artistic visions.

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Gizmo Art Production

Presenters: Mark Sabatino, President; Tristan Beech, Sales Manager

Gizmo Art Production has specialized expertise in electronic, kinetic, and monumental sculptures fabricated in their San Francisco- based studio. They assist artists and institutions elevate their work to its highest potential.

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Building with Light: 21st Century Art and Technology

Presenter: Josh VanBlankenship, Senior Vice President at StandardVision, Media Platforms; Mark Escribano, Executive Producer at StandardVision

From designing custom LED technology and developing player system solutions to producing and curating original art content, StandardVision’s experienced team of innovators speak on bringing new life to the built environment on a global scale, establishing inspiring forms of monumental public art, and defining new experiential destinations around the world.

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Lyrical Journeys at Nashville International Airport

Presented by Shane Allbritton and Norman Lee, Co-Founders, RE:site

Shane Allbritton and Norman Lee will discuss their project Lyrical Journeys, an interactive work of art located at Nashville International Airport’s new Concourse D. They explore notions of community, identity, and memory in the context of public space.

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The Computational Arc

Presented by Brian McCutcheon, Owner and Creative Director, Ignition Arts LLC

Brian McCutcheon will discuss the pervasiveness of technology in the public art-making process through the lens of recent and ongoing projects, including Matthew Mazzotta's Home, the fabrication process of Volkan Alkanoglu's public art pedestrian bridge Drift, the fabrication and installation of Rob Ley's monumental wall sculpture Pangaea, and the development and fabrication of Jackie Head's dimensional tile parking garage façade.

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Integrating Technology in Art & Architecture

Presented by Dale Morgan, CEO and Frank Newton, VP of Operations at ASTOUND

ASTOUND is a custom fabricator that specializes in developing, building and installing complex art and architectural projects around the world. With years of working in the architectural fabrication space, ASTOUND’s Dale Morgan and Frank Newton will discuss technology’s critical role in bringing art and architectural projects to life and feature some of the successful final outcomes.

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What did we get ourselves into... The Branson Aquarium Octopus Icon (a work in progress)

Presented by Joe Riche, Owner; Abby Bennett, Operations Director at Demiurge

The unfinished story of designing, engineering, producing and installing a 52-foot tall octopus icon sculpture for the new “Aquarium at the Boardwalk” in Branson, Missouri.

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Staying Ahead of the Curve

Presented by Ethan Bach, CEO, Alt Ethos

How to stay engaged with your audience and increase your influence by utilizing the latest innovation (physical/ virtual/ hybrid) in a post-COVID world.

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Steve Blanchette, Executive Producer, Wireframe

Steve Blanchette is the co-founder of Wireframe, a public Art agency based in Montreal, Canada. As their international operations have been temporarily put on hold, his team is now joining a strategic alliance that will help public space managers, creatives and their communities face the upcoming challenges in the public space.

Ricardo Rivera

Ricardo Rivera, Founder & Creative Director, Klip Collective

A visual artist, filmmaker and true pioneer of projection mapping, Rivera uses a unique synthesis of projection mapping, lighting, and sound design to create captivating, immersive sensory explorations of perception and imagination. By interpreting and transforming architecture, landscape and objects into active canvases framed by the dark of night, Rivera aims to re-shape the reality of a space.

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Nataly Gattegno, Partner, FUTUREFORMS

Nataly Gattegno (born 1977, Greece) is an artist and founding managing partner of FUTUREFORMS. Nataly and her partner Jason Kelly Johnson have collaborated on a range of projects exploring the intersections of art and design with public space, performance, advanced fabrication technologies, robotics, and responsive systems.

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Mirek Struzik, Owner/Artist, STRUZIK ART

Mirek Struzik graduated from Fine Arts Academy of Wroclaw in Poland as a Master of Fine Arts. He creates mainly sculptures in public areas. He is mostly inspired by botanical microstructures that he transposes to macro scale using acid-resistant steel as his favorite material. His sculptures undergo a spectacular metamorphosis thanks to a programmable illumination system and their unique form.


Melissa Mongiat, Co-Founder, Daily tous les jours

Melissa Mongiat is the co-founder of Daily tous les jours, a Montreal-based art and design studio that invites humans to actively engage with each other and with their environment. Their permanent, temporary and touring collective experiences combine digital art, performance, storytelling and placemaking to reinvent living together in the contemporary city.

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Jason Bruges, Founder, Jason Bruges Studio

Jason Bruges is a multi-disciplinary artist & designer based in London. His work blends architecture with interaction design & uses a high-tech, mixed media palette to explore spectacle, time-based interventions & dynamic spatial experiences.

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Simon Mckeown, Independent Artist

Simon Mckeown is an award-winning internationally exhibiting artist. As a veteran of the computer games industry his work is often digital. Immersed in collaborative practice he develops work in tandem with marginalised groups, including disabled artists, to create digital projection mapped works such as to the closed the centre of Cork, Ireland in the form of a one massive outdoor spectactle to an audience of around 7000-10,000. He exhibits internationally and his works, including Motion Disabled, has been shown as far afield as the Smithsonian International Gallery in the USA, The DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague, Czech Republic, GAK in Kosovo along with galleries in Australia, Norway, America, South America, the UK, along with the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum in Dresden, Germany. 

Heather Schatz

Heather Schatz, Director of Fine Art, Quarra Stone Company

Please join me as I interview artist Eto Otitigbe and Alex Marshall, Quarra Stone’s Senior Director. We will discuss Quarra’s unique role in taking down yesterday’s monuments and putting up todays.  Alex will share the back story behind the removal of Confederate Statues and Eto will join to discuss the fabrication process and installation of the "The Memorial to Enslaved Laborers" at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Stefan Reiss, Independent Artist

The sculptor and visual artist Stefan Reiss works at the intersection between art and technology, artistic research and innovation, immersion and haptic experience. His works build artistic bridges between modern, digital techniques and the tangible reality and can be received with the whole body and all senses.

Lyn Godley

Lyn Godley, Associate Professor of Industrial Design, Lyn Godley Design Studio

Lyn Godley has been working with light as a medium for over twenty-five years, where she uses light and art to create immersive experiences. She also teaches lighting and design at Thomas Jefferson University.

BC Biermann

BC Biermann, Creative Director, HEAVY

BC Biermann is the creative director for HEAVY, an award-winning art studio practicing at the leading edge of mixed reality technology arts.  We like to say that reality is our canvas and digital is our brush, as we weave interactive narratives and explorations of philosophy across the real world public spaces hosting our sculptures or murals.  BC teaches intermedia arts at CAVAD and holds a PhD from Universitat van Amsterdam.

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Cynthia Thompson, Artist, Transformit

My art tells stories. Viewers become participants, drawn into Alice-in-Wonderland-like worlds created with color and light and fabric and sound. My lifelong passion has been to provoke public engagement with art.

CODAsummit was an extraordinary experience for me. I have been raving about the programming and the high level of creativity that permeated the entire conference. It may be the best conference that I have ever attended, and I attended four conferences this year!

Vicki Scuri, SiteWorks

A heartfelt THANK YOU for creating the space for me in El Paso. I was moved on more than one occasion and came home with a head full of ideas, a wallet full of contacts and a very full heart.

Clive Pohl, PRP Architects

Thank you so very much for such an enriching, thought-provoking and inspiring conference experience. We are overwhelmed at the brilliant artistry and generosity of everyone we met. What a brilliant concept, bringing all those involved in art & technology together in one place. A catalyst for incredible collaborations.

Lauren Millar, Fusion CI Studios

I am used to the many many architecture symposiums, yet this is the first one directly pertinent to the field. And by field I mean it dramatically opened my perception of what is now possible…


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

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