Eindhoven can be proud of all the technology that has emerged here. But the city needs artists to help us think about the effects and consequences of all these innovations. And more importantly, innovation would go faster if there would be more connections between the worlds of art and technology.
COLUMN by Viola van Alphen for e52.nl Some time ago I won the national innovation award, was honoured as an international trend watcher and a pioneer in internet and virtual worlds. In April I was asked by the European Theatertreffen to help the sector catch up in the “digital divide”. Several sectors are working on innovations, virtual worlds, internet of things, etc.
But there seems to be little interaction between the different sectors.
And that’s a shame. CREW for example, 10 years ago already built their own Oculus Rift, with a 360 degree camera on a helmet, video glasses, and a heavy laptop as a back pack. Other artists worked on smart highways, the city as a playground and a bulletproof skin based on spider silk. Anouk Wipprecht worked at Intel and designed a Spider Dress; she generated worldwide media attention and thus fueled a discussion on interpersonal communication through smart clothes and the integration of animal features in new technology and wearables.
Read the whole blog on e52.nl And visit the event October 27, 15:00 hrs: Entrepreneur meets Artist. Microlab Strijp-S