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I still remember the day that Mark Frauenfelder called me, in 2004, and asked me if I wanted to contribute to a new magazine that he was helping to launch, called Make: . He described it as “ Martha Stewart for geeks” and as an updated 1950s-era Popular Science ( Make: was originally digest-size...
Initially, the first conference between the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) felt like “a kind of strange wedding,” said Haystack Director Stu Kestenbaum. This was in 2002, when the intersection between technology and the arts was still at the...
"[W]e approached the design of Moogfest much like we approach synthesizer design. We asked ourselves this question: how can we inspire people who are interested in technology, music, and art to create new things?" -- Emmy Parker To musicians and engineers, Robert Moog (rhymes with rogue)...
When I was seven years old there were a lot of art materials around the house. Blocks, clay, paint, paper—I loved to make things. My grandmother was an artist and my grandfather an inventor, and I had caught the bug. I would squeeze and sculpt Sculpey, a polymer clay my grandfather had...
Meet Radhika, the heroine of Half the Sky Movement: The Game , a Facebook game that takes players on a journey of empowerment through opportunity. Players meet Radhika in her small village in India where they have their first chance to co-create solutions to significant problems facing many women...
Julie Watai is a performance artist and idol in Japan and Italy who is forging a connection between the fashion world of Shibuya and the technology world of Akihabara. She declared at a recent symposium that young people no longer go to museums, and that it is important for them to have an entry...
Video games have long been a part of American youth and entertainment culture. But recently, there has been debate about whether they are part of our country's artistic canon as well. In the latest issue of NEA Arts , we look at some of the more fascinating projects that bring art and...
Amanda Detmer and Sanaa Lathan in the West Coast premiere of Lynn Nottage’s By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, which uses the Internet to expand the main character's persona. Photo by Michael Lamont In our new issue of NEA Arts , we look at some of the incredible projects that have resulted...
Kickstarter founders, from left right: Charles Adler, Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler. Photo by Jon Vachon In the latest issue of NEA Arts , we look at some of the more interesting projects that marry technology and the arts. One of the most successful examples of this marriage is Kickstarter, which...
In today's peek at the latest issue of NEA Arts , we meet Ryan Holladay. When Holladay is not creating location-aware sound works for spaces such as the National Mall and Central Park with his brother Hays---under the bluebrain moniker---he's showcasing off other multi-media artists who are...

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