Subtle Technologies Festival 2013: Immortality

Subtle Technologies Festival 2013: Immortality

I made a note months ago about attending this year’s Subtle Technologies Festival, but when I saw the proposed dates I knew it would be a busy time. Little did I know just how busy it would be! Consequently, when I received the email from the Subtle Tech folks asking if I could shoot part of it again this year I knew I wouldn’t be able to cover as much of it as I would like. Previously:

ArtScienceCamp2 – Day 1
Where Art Meets Science Meets… Food
ArtScience Festival 2012: Opening Reception Preview
ArtScience Festival 2012: Dance EXPERIMENTS Preview

Subtle Technologies Festival 2013: Immortality

Subtle Technologies Festival 2013: Immortality

Subtle Technologies’ mission: to bring people together to promote wonder, incite creativity and spark innovation across disciplines.

My coverage of the festival was the Symposium Day 2 morning sessions:

11:00 am – 11:30 amDigital and Physical CollapseAlan Sondheim
11:30 am – 12:00 pmBorn in the Big Bang – Neutrinos – The Ultimate ImmortalsScott Menary
12:00 pm – 12:30 pmAmelogenesis Imperfecta / Beautox Me!David Khang

It probably comes as no surprise that I would be keen on volunteering for a festival such as this one, because of the subject matter. The intersection of art and science is an exciting place — after all, photography = art + science. Although at times it seems art and science are at odds with each other (abstract versus material; left-brain versus right-brain; objective versus subjective), they are actually quite complementary. For example: car design (artists, engineers), technology (device design, software and hardware engineers), architecture (you get the picture). Artists and research scientists alike are curious and exploratory by nature; creativity goes hand-in-hand with problem-solving, after all.

Someone asked me years ago what I would choose to be if my brain were wired differently, and my response was swift: scientist. My other swift answer is usually comedian, but at question time I happened to be visiting friends in Southern California and we were walking around the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. Maybe if we were in another environment I’d answer another way, but to me the esotericism within scientific research and the potency of applied science is magnetic.

Subtle Technologies Festival 2013: Immortality

Subtle Technologies Festival 2013: Immortality

Anyway, the beauty about photographing a festival is sometimes having the time to be an attendee, which was the case Sunday morning. The one session that stood out to me the most was the third by David Khang, whose experimental project Amelogenesis Imperfecta / Beautox Me! “fuses the disciplines of art and dentistry”. I don’t have the words at this late hour to explain this one, so you’re better off just clicking and reading… after a very late Saturday night, this was mental gymnastics for me on a Sunday morning!

The 52 photos I’ve uploaded are best seen together as a full-screen slideshow, or can be viewed as a collage.