CREATIVE EXCHANGE LAB is a public research, education and exhibition initiative facilitating investment in the intersection of public art+public interest technology with open-source, collectively-owned research.

This summer, JULY-AUGUST 2018, Creative Exchange Lab projects and artists were in residence at Pacific Science Center and other pop-up venues throughout the city. 

We hosted workshops, presentations, lab time with local and visiting artists and technologists, project incubationThe Silicon Rainforest exhibit of pioneering immersive experiences, and evening events with a Reality Bar.

Along side those activities, we actively researched and experimented with: 

  • Models and mechanisms for collective, open-source ownership to unlock IP for the public interest

  • Creative economics and new financial instruments - smart contracts, micro-payments, community coin offering - for advancing public interest art+technology education, incubation and innovation

Keep scrolling for THE SCHEDULE + THE PILOT PROJECTS


THE SCHEDULE

* August 9th marked the end of the public programming for the summer pilot. Creative Exchange Lab hours through the end of August are by appointment.

WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO

+ August 9th - Thanks to everyone who showed up for the Creative Exchange Lab PROJECT SHOWCASE to celebrate the work of this summer, learn about the pilot projects, including issuing the first "unit" of Creative Exchange Lab coin, and take in The Silicon Rainforest of immersive experiences: TREE (New Reality), LIFE OF US (Within), MACHINE TO BE ANOTHER body swaps and embodied narratives, (BeAnotherLab) VIRTUAL SALISH SEE (Laura James), BEFORE WE FLEW LIKE CLOUDS (KT Niehoff) and POWER: COULEE (Ted Youngs). Thanks to Amy Lillard and Washington Filmmworks for hosting a tour for the creative industry. Full report and pics coming soon.

+ Aug 7th & 8th - Embodied Narrative workshop at The Art House in Yesler Terrace.

+ July 31st - Presentation and conversation at the downtown library about seeding an city-wide ecosystem of expanded media community story projects : Embodied Narratives of Silicon Rainforest

+ July 27th - It was a "Round World Round Stories" kind of day at #CreativeExchangeLabSeattle on Friday: students from Seattle Public Schools Media Arts Skills Center swapped bodies in #MachineToBeAnother, grew into a tree in #TREE, raced through the evolution of life on earth in #LifeofUs, and experimented with shooting selfies in 360º; Ted Youngs brought in footage from his shoot at the Coulee Dam to run projection tests; and Pacific Science Center threw a hopping summer gala #Theory 

+ July 23rd & 24th - The Grocery generously opened their studio to Creative Exchange Lab for evenings of experiencing + making embodied narratives and body swapping in the MACHINE TO BE ANOTHER. Thank you Janet Galore and Demi Raven for sharing your community art space with us and this work!

+ July 19th - Amazing night at the Creative Exchange Lab OPEN HOUSE

+ July 20th - THE ARTISTS WERE PRESENT at #CreativeExchangeLabSeattle for cross-disciplinary conversations and explorations! BeAnother Lab introduced Kt Niehoff's #StrictlySeattle Dance Film class to body swaps and embodied narratives in #TheMachineToBeAnotherTed Youngs ran projection tests for his upcoming 360º drone shoot at the Grand Coulee dam, and Milica Zecand Winslow Turner Porter III trained staff and brought visitors through #TREE

+ July 16th & 17th  - MACHINE TO BE ANOTHER body swap & embodied narrative demos, presentation + conversation @ CoMotion Labs

+   July 14th & 15th -  Africatown Design Cipher + Kent Cornucopia Days. The first prototype of the Story Brick was unveiled at the Office of Arts & Culture "Community Stories, Water + Public Art" pop-up experience.

+ July 12 - Seattle IOTA Meetup met at Creative Exchange Lab - Updates from IOTA, the Story Brick AR project connecting community storytelling and community-owned data, plus body swapping demos in The Machine To Be Another.

+ July 10 - BeAnotherLab artists JJ Devereaux and Christian Cherene gave a presentation to the Media for Social Change class @ Antioch University.

+ June 15 - The CREATIVE EXCHANGE LAB pilot had a soft-open with an afternoon of programming produced by ASKXXI, a cross cultural exchange between US and Chilean artists and scientists. The Chilean cohort of designers, biologists, filmmakers, science communicators, ecological economics, journalists, and wildlife medical veterinarians spent the afternoon participating in Art+Tech+Science conversations, creating VR Botanical Illustrations and learning about AltSpaceVR.  Thanks to Genevieve Tremblay for bringing this amazing program.


THE PILOT PROJECTS

Embodied Narratives of The Silicon Rainforest

+ Establishing the US Node of Machine To Be Another in Seattle:  Machine To Be Another is an open-source virtual reality experience exploring the relationship of Identity and Empathy. The project was created by BeAnotherLab, a collective of artists and technologists based in Barcelona. BeAnotherLab will be in residence during July to establish and train a core team of the US Node of Machine To Be Another. Project partners: BeAnotherLab, fearless360º

+ Library of Ourselves: Developed by BeAnotherLab, Library of Ourselves is a cutting edge exploration of embodied narrative through combining oral history, virtual reality, and manual haptics. Project partners: BeAnotherLab, fearless360º, Shelf Life Community Story Project

+ Story Brick Road: a project set in the Central District of Seattle connecting stories of community displacement and erasure, the built environment, the digital ether + the mechanisms for community data sovereignty. Project partners: Shelf Life Community Story Project, fearless360º, IOTA 

Public Tender

Central to the work of Creative Exchange Lab is experimenting with new financial instruments and models – smart contracts, micropayments, community coin offerings - to fund 21st century creative economy and public interest innovation.

POWER: COULEE VR Installation

Artist Ted Youngs will be developing an immersive art experience combining 360º aerial photography and sensory elements to transport viewers inside the Grand Coulee dam. Project partners: Ted Youngs, fearless360º

Human art machine Podcast 

Human Art Machine is a podcast series exploring what it means to be human in an age of human/machine collaboration. The pilot will be produced at the lab this summer. Project partners: fearless360º 

BEFORE WE FLEW LIKE CLOUDS 2.0

Choreographer and multi-media artist KT Niehoff will be making a 360º music video for the title track on her Flew Like Clouds soundtrack.  KT will be exploring a range of XR modalities to execute the project and will ask visitors to the lab to answer, through movement and gesture, the question “what’s it like to be in your body?”  BEFORE WE FLEW LIKE CLOUDS 360º videos will be exhibited during lab hours.

VIRTUAL SALISH SEE & BEYOND

360º Underwater Cinematographer Laura James aka Diver Laura will be working in the lab developing her VIRTUAL SALISH SEE & BEYOND 360º video series and giving workshops on 360º cinematography and creating DIY avatars.


THE SPACE

fearless360º has worked with Pacific Science Center to design the WHAT IS REALITY incubator and curate:

  • Groovy lounge, hang-out, co-working area with a REALITY BAR

  • Presentation area with bleacher seating and a projection mapped curved screen

  • The Silicon Rainforest of immersive experiences: TREE, LIFE OF US, MACHINE TO BE ANOTHER, VIRTUAL SALISH SEE and more!

THE CREATIVE EXCHANGE LAB PILOT IS SUPPORTED IN PART BY GRANTS FROM 4CULTURE AND SEATTLE OFFICE OF ARTS & CULTURE AND INKIND SUPPORT from PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER.