2-4 February 2017

The inaugural AMT Festival (art, music, technology) is a pilot initiative of the San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) in collaboration with the Fleet Science Center and Southwestern College to present a national festival of experimental, electronic, and data-driven ideas in a creative laboratory featuring cutting edge performances, music hacking, and demos that connect artists, students, technologists, researchers, thought leaders, and businesses in a vibrant environment. Unique collaborations, new works created on site, premieres and demos of technology, and a visionary community will make the event an exciting and innovative landmark gathering for San Diego. AMT is cross-genre, international, enriching, and inclusive, ensuring that more than half of the participants are women and artists of color. Further, we aim to create a world-class festival and conference that is accessible to people of all ages. Thus, the admission to the festival is just a mere $75 as opposed to the standard $450 ticket price for comparable events. Additionally, the AMT Festival will be providing full transportation for participants from Balboa Park to Southwestern College and back on the culminating day of the festival to ensure full participation and access.

From February 2-4, 2017, AMT will feature panel discussions, lectures, demos, DIY educational workshops, and artist performances that reflect themes at the forefront of electronic arts/music, data visualization/sonification, and the confluence of arts, technology, and music. These three institutions believe that it is imperative that their staff, students, audiences, presenters, and participants represent a diverse cultural landscape, best highlighting the work that is creating in this specific place and time in Southern California/Baja.

The conference will kick-off with an evening cocktail reception and Keynote lecture and performances in the Fleet Science Center’s IMAX dome, featuring experimental electronic music and video content created specifically for the conference by participants. On Friday, February 3rd, SDAI will host a full day of programs focusing on the intersection of art, technology, and environmentalism and the integration of video game hardware or software in art, science and music. Throughout the day there will be DIY, hands-on workshops related to circuit-bending and utilizing arduinos, as well as a demo and performance by TECHNE (Suzanne Thorpe and Bonnie Jones). On the culminating day at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, the focus will be on data visualization and sonification, as well as trends in electronic and experimental music, culminating in a final performance and closing event. There will also be plenary sessions related to coding and the work created by students at High Tech High in Point Loma and Chula Vista.

This festival promises to be fun and interactive for both presenters and attendees, following the format of SDAI’s popular GEARHEADS series of lectures with accompanying demos and performances. There are many networking opportunities programmed throughout the schedule, as well as opportunities for participants and panelists to demonstrate and perform their work collaboratively.

Where: San Diego Art Insitute and Fleet Science Center, both in Balboa Park. Southwestern College, 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista.

Tickets: $75 for entire conference; $10 session tickets (other combinations available online).

AMT Festival is funded, in part, by the Legler Benbough Foundation and the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

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Angela Washko and Perry Vasquez are UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts MFA Alumni. For more about their work, please visit:

Angela Washko

Perry Vasquez

Image is courtesy of the San Diego Art Institute.

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