Robert Ferry, Founding Director, LAGI
Robert Ferry is a registered architect and LEED accredited professional with two decades of professional practice experience on both consultant and client sides. Following a decade of design and project management on sustainable new-urbanist developments in the United States, he spent four years as a consultant on large commercial projects in the Middle East, where his focus shifted to ways in which buildings can move beyond net-zero and contribute to the energy needs of the surrounding city. Through the Land Art Generator, he is able to help support the critical role of architecture and urban design as part of a comprehensive solution to climate change. Robert is the co-founder of the Land Art Generator, partner at Studied Impact Design, and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.
Elizabeth Monoian, Founding Director, LAGI
Elizabeth Monoian (MFA, Carnegie Mellon University) is the founding co-director of the Land Art Generator Initiative, an organization that is developing global partnerships between private and public entities around interdisciplinary projects that address issues of climate and sustainability through the lens of creativity. She works closely with cities, universities, corporations, arts organizations, and community groups to design customized approaches to renewable energy installations. Elizabeth has published, exhibited, and presented globally on the aesthetics of renewable energy and the role of art in providing solutions to climate change. Under her leadership, LAGI has received multiple National Endowment for the Arts grants and has been awarded the J.M.K. Innovation Prize, a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.
Elizabeth Monoian + Robert Ferry
Ryan is a sound and installation artist. Prior to founding MASARY, he created and managed theatrical stage-shows, built a school in West Africa, and performed extensively as a percussionist and composer. He has designed and directed at multiple scales of operations and is the consummate team captain. He holds a patent for inventions in interactive instrument design, and finds joy in empowering the creative potential of those around him.
James Carpenter has worked at the intersection of fine art, architecture and engineering for nearly 50 years, advancing a distinctive vision conceptually founded on the optical and material properties of materials and light as they reveal the presence of nature. Originally studying architecture before concentrating on the fine arts, Carpenter exhibited in the United States and Europe through the 1970s, creating immersive film installations. Carpenter established James Carpenter Design Associates in 1979 which has applied these aesthetic principles to transforming the public realm through public art and design projects. The broad range of this work can be seen on his studio’s website http://www.jcdainc.com. Carpenter has been recognized with numerous national and international awards, including the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the Smithsonian National Environment Design Award. He holds a degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and was a Loeb Fellow of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde (1979) is a creative thinker and maker of social designs which explore the relation between people, technology and space. He founded Studio Roosegaarde in 2007, where he works with his team of designers and engineers towards a better future. Together they develop ‘Landscapes of the Future’ building smart sustainable prototypes for the cities of tomorrow. Roosegaarde has been driven by nature’s gifts such as light emitting fireflies and jellyfish since an early age. His fascination for nature and technology is reflected in his iconic designs such as Waterlicht (a virtual flood) and Smog Free Project (the largest outdoor air purifier in the world which makes jewellery from smog) and Space Waste Lab (the mission to upcycle junk that floats in space). Roosegaarde graduated from The Berlage Institute with a master in architecture. He is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, a visiting professor at several universities, was selected by Forbes and Good 100 as a creative change maker and named Artist of the Year 2016 in The Netherlands.
Thursday, 10:15 am
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.
Eric Rodenbeck is the CEO of Stamen Design, which builds beautiful, playful, technically sophisticated projects for clients from Digital Globe to the Dalai Lama to scientists around the country. Uniquely interdisciplinary, his work also intersects with the world of fine art, has been exhibited worldwide & is in the permanent collection of MoMA.
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.
Jeremy Strick has been the director of the Nasher Sculpture Center since 2009, overseeing collections, exhibitions, and operations at the museum of modern and contemporary sculpture located in the heart of downtown Dallas’ Arts District. As director, Strick has organized ambitious exhibitions of sculpture, launched innovative new programming initiatives and, in 2015, created the Nasher Prize, an international juried award dedicated exclusively to contemporary sculpture. The Nasher Prize Laureates have been Colombian artist Doris Salcedo (2016), French artist Pierre Huyghe (2017), and American artist Theaster Gates (2018), Isa Genzken (2019), and Michael Rakowitz (2020). Other programs launched during his tenure include Sightings, a series of small-scale exhibitions and installations that explore new work by established and emerging sculptors; 360: Artists, Critics, Curators, a monthly lecture series featuring art world visionaries engaged in conversations on contemporary issues pertinent to the field of sculpture; and Soundings: New Music at the Nasher, which has been hailed by Dallas critics as the city’s most exciting and intelligent musical programming in 40 years.
Friday, 11:15 am – noon
After earning a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Denver in 1999, Joe Riché created Demiurge LLC. Operating since 2000, Demiurge designs, engineers, fabricates, freights and installs monumental scale sculpture and complex architectural projects for artists and designers all over North America, from the company’s production shop based in Denver, Colorado. Riché’s own work has been exhibited in several solo, museum and public art venues throughout his career. In addition, he was a member of the City of Denver’s Department of Cultural Affairs Public Art Committee from 2001 to 2014.
Born in Madrid (1964), Daniel Canogar´s life and career have bridged between Spain and the U.S. Photography was his earliest medium of choice, receiving a M.A. from NYU at the International Center of photography in 1990, but he soon became interested in the possibilities of the projected image and installation art.
He has created recent permanent public art installations with LED screens, including Aqueous at The Sobrato Organization (Mountain View, CA, 2019); Pulse, at Zachry Engineering Education Complex in Texas A&M University (College Station, TX, 2018) or Tendril for Tampa International Airport (Tampa, FL, 2017). He has also created public monumental artworks in different mediums such as Bifurcation, a multi-laser projection for the Noor Riyadh Light & Art Festival (Riyadh, 2021), Amalgama El Prado, a generative video-projection projected on the Museo Nacional del Prado façade (Madrid, 2019) and Storming Times Square, screened on 47 of the LED billboards in Times Square (New York, NY, 2014).
His recent solo shows include “Latencies” at Anita Beckers Gallery (Frankfurt, 2021); “Billow” at bitforms gallery (New York, NY, 2020) or “Melting the Solids” at Wilde Gallery (Geneva, 2018).
He has exhibited in Reina Sofia Contemporary Art Museum, Madrid; Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio; Offenes Kulturhaus Center for Contemporary Art, Linz; Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfallen, Düsseldorf; Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Berlin; Borusan Contemporary Museum, Istanbul; American Museum of Natural History, New York or Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.
Katya launched the first Burning Man creative community in Moscow as a country leader for the Burning Man organization. She believes that art belongs not just at events and galleries but in our daily life, and has dedicated her life to bringing artistic projects and visual experiences to the masses.
Art Of Development is Katya’s new project, and it focuses on connecting art to real estate, and drives property owners to beautify public spaces through memorable art collaborations. Today, Art of Development is a worldwide creative agency for real estate companies operating in US, Europe and
Russia with headquarters in New York.
Katya and her international team curates small to large-scale immersive art installations and act as a central point of contact for international and local artists for murals, sculptures, pop-up galleries, space activations and
creative marketing campaigns.
Thursday, 1:45 pm
John Mack is a photographer who uses his camera to capture candid, quintessential moments that reveal our humanity. Mack exhibits the poetry of the human soul as a sort of counterculture toward a world that is every day becoming all the more mechanized. His latest work, combining the traditional medium of photography with digital, AR technology, has taken him on a 200,000+ mile journey, photographing over 50 U.S. National Parks and the 7 Wonders of the Natural World. The work’s interactive juxtaposition of natural sanctuaries and their virtual equivalents reveals the encroaching digital landscape, our attachments to it, and the uncertain fate of our nature. A Species Between Worlds premiers in January 2022 in Chelsea, NYC. Mack has exhibited in Rockefeller Center & Channel Gardens, Mexico City’s Rejas de Chapultepec and has appeared on Charlie Rose, The Martha Stewart Show, and The Today Show. He received third prize in the category of photography at the 25th Annual New York Book Show for Revealing Mexico. Mack was born in New York City and currently lives in Sevilla, Spain. He is represented by the Robert Mann Gallery in New York City.
Shuli Sadé's cross-disciplinary artwork blends theory and practice with a focus on memory, space, and urbanism. Her work creates maps of urban memory, reflecting the DNA of a city. She mixes mediums including photography, videography, augmented reality, site-specific installations, sculpture, and drawing. She has collaborated with neural scientists at the Neurobiology of Cognition Laboratory, Center for Neural Science, New York University, and with architects and designers across the US. Sadé creates large-scale site-specific murals in the Corporate environment. Her recent artworks are permanently installed in several locations in Manhattan, Philadelphia, Boston, North Carolina, New Jersey, and others. Her work is in private and public collections. She has taught and lectured at the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture, Parsons School of Design, Columbia University, Barnard College, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design School of Architecture. Her work is represented by Galleria Ethra, Mexico City. She lives in NYC and works at her studio at Mana Contemporary, NJ.
Ryan “YANOE" (Ya-know) Sarfati
Yanoe - a Belgian-American artist born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana - moved to Los Angeles in the early 90’s. He began writing graffiti at the age of 11 and by the age of 17 was one of the most prolific names in Los Angeles. He has painted in over 20 countries and appeared in multiple art publications around the world. In recent years, Yanoe has shifted his focus to fine art in the form of large scale murals, studio and commercial works. Some of his clients include Nike, Urban Decay, Headspace, Google, Apple, Facebook and Netflix.
Friday, 1:00 – 1:45 pm
Michael Beneville and his team at Beneville Studios are unlike any creative company in the world. Beneville Studios specializes in realizing a vision, regardless of the medium—simultaneously and discreetly creating projects as varied as corporate headquarters; immersive retail pavilions; helicopter lounges and plane interiors; as well as privately commissioned books, machines, films, and fine art for the world's most exclusive clientele. Today, their purview includes millions of square feet of architecture and projects that span the globe.
Amy works with clients to deploy public art and place making around the world. In leading the development and management of Leo Villareal’s “The Bay Lights”, she assembled a world-class team which engaged donors and community, partnered with the necessary governing agencies, grew international awareness, and produced this complex, renowned, and now permanent iconic work of public art.
Currently Amy is managing the strategic, logistical, conceptual and technical paths necessary to realize Leo Villareal's largest public artwork to date, “Illuminated River”, created in collaboration with the London-based client, design build teams, and Leo Villareal Studio in New York. Illuminated River is a commission granted by the Illuminated River Foundation to light 14 of London's bridges on the river Thames. When completed, it will be the largest public artwork on view in the world.
Louis-Etienne Dubois is an Associate Professor of creative industries management at Ryerson University's School of Creative Industries, as well as Associate researcher at MINES ParisTech's Centre for Scientific Management. He is the director of the Future of Live Entertainment lab, a research partnership between Ryerson's Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) and Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group.
Louis-Etienne holds a Ph.D. from HEC Montréal and from MINES ParisTech. His research activities aim at developing a better understanding of production and innovation processes in cultural and creative organizations. Some of his recent work has been published in New Media and Society, Current Issues in Tourism, the European Management Journal, Tourism Review and in the Revue internationale de Gestion.
Representing a new breed of producers and curators, Philippe Demers, Founding Partner and CEO of MASSIVart, runs an international art consultancy agency in Montreal, Toronto, Mexico City, Shanghai, Paris, Dubai and Los Angeles. Working at the intersection of art and commerce, he collaborates with emerging and established artists, architects, developers, designers and other creatives on architectural design, original works of art, and art-driven cultural programs. His passionate support of innovative art programs have brought MASSIVart a whose who of high-profile clients.
Gareth is the CEO, President and Founder of Eventscape Inc., your partner for custom art and architectural fabrication. Since 1993, leading artists, architects, designers and general contractors around the world have utilized Eventscape’s team for large scale complex features. With approximately 150,000 sq. ft. of facilities in Toronto, New York and Detroit and 150 employees they provide a full turnkey service, working with your design to engineer, fabricate and install anywhere in the world. Eventscape’s team operate at the forefront of digital fabrication, working in multiple materials with the latest equipment and technologies and supported by advanced CAD and parametric design software. Together, they “build the extraordinary®”.
As Director of Scottsdale Public Art, Kim Boganey is responsible for the vision of Scottsdale’s nationally recognized public art program, which serves as a leader in defining art in the public realm through creative place-making, signature events, exhibitions, and installations, all which contribute to the community’s creative, cultural, and economic vitality. This includes management of the City’s Art in Public Places and Art in Private Development projects, oversight for the care and maintenance of the City’s 1,000+ objects in the portable and public art collection, supervision of temporary exhibitions held at Civic Center and Appaloosa libraries, and leadership for Scottsdale’s award winning annual 10-day free public art event, Canal Convergence. Prior to joining the Scottsdale team in 2017, Boganey served as the Public Art Coordinator in Raleigh, NC.
Gavin Downey is responsible for large venue projector product management at Epson, the global market share leader in projection. He works with a team of dedicated product experts and is particularly interested in the role public art plays in pushing technical and cultural boundaries while redefining what’s possible with visual display systems. Prior to Epson, Gavin’s career included commercial sales in the structured cabling industry, leading product marketing for a nascent mobile computing category at Dell Computer, and leading product innovation and development for the world’s leading provider of mobile accessories at Belkin International. Gavin is a graduate of The Ohio State University, lives in Los Angeles, California with his family, and enjoys going to galleries, mountain biking, photography, camping, and seeing live music.
Matt Peterson has enjoyed being at the intersection of art and technology ever since he combined studies in computer science at Brown University and interactive video at the Rhode Island School of Design. Matt began his career working with creatives ranging from product designers to architects to special effects artists in order to develop unique digital tools and workflows. Later, he worked with media companies as a business professional and as an entrepreneur. Matt has had the pleasure and privilege of working with the CODAworx team since the company’s inception. He has lived and worked overseas and enjoys traveling the world in search of experiential art.
Dr. George Rivera is presently a professor in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Colorado at Boulder (USA). Dr. Rivera is an artist, art critic, and a curator. He has published articles in national and international journals, chapters in books, as well as recently publishing two books of poems. He has had exhibitions in Bosnia and Herzegovnia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Korea, Mexico, Palestine, Peru, Russia, Spain, and in the United States. Dr. Rivera is the founder of the Artnauts, an international art collective. He received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts from the State of Colorado and is a Fulbright Scholar. His life’s work is archived in the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas.
BARBARA TOBER has been Chairman of the Museum of Arts and Design for 15 years and is now Chairman of MAD’S International Council. Elected to the Board in 1989, she has had a major role in shaping what is now one of the premiere art museums in New York City. She is President of The Acronym Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in art-related initiatives including CODAworx. Her Foundation has funded such notable projects as MAD’s Quilts Across America, a national arts education project for children. Having spent over four decades in the corporate advertising and magazine world, she believes that the support of the arts by the business community is essential to a civilized society.
As Editor-in-Chief of BRIDE’S Magazine for some 30 years, Tober authored several works including the Abrams’ book THE BRIDE: A Celebration and articles ranging from “Crafts and the Passion of Making” to an introduction for the book Object Lessons titled “The Nobility of Beauty”. Tober has acted as a spokesperson for the wedding industry appearing on numerous television and radio talk shows with credits ranging from The Today Show, Good Morning America and CBS This Morning, to the New York Times, Newsweek and USA Today.
As co-Founder and Creative Director of UAP, Daniel Tobin works closely with the company’s Art + Design teams across all studios and workshops in Brisbane, Shanghai and New York. Throughout almost three decades of practice, Daniel has been instrumental in delivering public art master plans for Education City, Qatar; Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi; King Abdullah University of Science & Technology & Riyadh Art, KSA; and public art commissions with Australian and International artists including Judy Watson, Lindy Lee, Brook Andrew, Fiona Foley, Nike Savvas, Emily Floyd, Carsten Holler, Sui Jian Guo, Ned Kahn, Inigo Manglano-Ovale, Sopheap Pich, and Ai Weiwei. His artwork ‘Gathered Together’ is commissioned for the forthcoming National AIDS Monument in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, to be completed in 2022.
Daniel has been instrumental in the formation and on-going engagement of UAP’s sustainability initiative and strategy, Project One Earth, the company’s call to action to become a Future Normal organization – one that acts meaningfully in its surroundings, aims for 100% wellbeing and sees money as a means, not an end.
Daniel established UAP’s first artist edition program ushering to the birth of Art Makers. This program facilitates and funds the production of new works for artists including Ai Weiwei, Sydney Ball, Penny Byrne, Lindy Lee, Lena Yarinkura, Bob Burruwal, Fiona Foley, Reko Rennie, Mariko Mori and Kehinde Wiley.