October 6, 2012 by: Stephanie Rothenberg
New York City-based Australian curator and cultural producer Amanda McDonald Crowley gave a brilliant talk at the Visual Studies Speaker Series last Monday, Oct 1st. Crowley has created programs and events of new media art, contemporary art, and transdisciplinary work. Her recent curatorial venture “Our Haus” took place in the multi-level gallery of the extraordinary architectural landmark building of the Austrian Cultural Forum in NYC. Her contributions to the field of electronic art include Executive Director of Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in NYC and her work as Executive Producer of the 2004 edition of The International Symposia on Electronic Arts which was held in Tallinn, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland, and on a cruiser ferry in the Baltic Sea which several VS faculty highly remember!
One of the take aways from Crowley’s talk was the importance of collaboration and skill sharing. The projects she discussed in her presentation underscored the significance of interdisciplinary practice and the critical need for artists and designers to expand their knowledge base and work with practitioners/researchers from other disciplines such as physicists, economists, architects in order to effectively realize complex ideas.