ATS FEST: A Celebration of 50 years of Experimentation

50 Years of Art and Technology Studies at School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Friday, April 12, 4:30 p.m.
Art & Technology Department, MacLean Center
4th Floor and Basement ATS facilities
United States

Food and alcoholic/ non-alcoholic drinks will be served 

Programmed events for ATS FEST:


  • Technology mediated bodies, robotic interactions, and sound performances

Organizer and curator: Lee Blalock

Location: 4th floor and basement

  • Opening reception to “Future Conditions” 

    The world has changed since 1969. In the fifty years since the inception of Art and Technology Studies, networked technologies have become ubiquitous—mediating nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Future Conditions explores the societal and environmental impact of these networks, framing them within more expansive technological and ecological systems. Speculating new ways of cohabitating with nonhuman species, whether biological or technological, the exhibition also illustrates the self-reflexive nature of cultural production. Featuring artworks by current students and recent alumni, including Minsun Cho, Ziv Ze’ev Cohen, Gloria Duon, Austin Gladney, Addison Leon, Xinyi Li, Chloe Yu-Nong Lin, Patrick O’Shea, Alan Perry, Zhong Ren, Doug Rosman, Rui Sha, Santiago X, and Chun Zeng.

    With additional opening-night contributions by Ethan Proia, Raphael Rivas, Ben Schoenekase, Snow Xu, and Jason Zhao.

Curators: Duncan Bass and Madison Young 

Location: ATS Flex Space, Rm 400 | April 12 - May 4, 2019 

“Future Conditions Popup Exhibition”, Locations: RM 402, 414 | April 12 only
Featuring artworks by Ben Schoenekase, Doug Rosman, Jason Zhao, Ethan Proia, Snow Xu, Rafael Rivas, Jakyung Lee, Maria Hernandez Tort , Soffiah Decena

  • Art Hackathon Display

Selected works produced from the April 6-7 ATS Art Hackathon, Hosted by Doug Rosman and Mara Iskander

Location: Rm 432

  • Learn to bend hot glass in 20 min 

Host: ATS faculty Greg Mowery 

Location: Basement, Light Lab, Rm B1-16 | 5:30-7PM 

  • Learn to solder in 15 min, build a Day of the Geek badge 

Hosts: ATS faculty Ziv Cohen and Jenna Boyles 

Location: Basement, Kinetics Lab, Rm B0-07 | 5:30-7PM 

  • Experiment with Olfactory Art in 20 min 

Host: ATS faculty Tedd Neenan 

Location: Basement, Bio Art Lab, Rm B1-19 | 5:30-7PM 

  • Play with Retro Tech

Host: Kyle Werle

Location: Basement, Retro Lab, Rm B1-17 | 5:30-7PM 

ATS Fest 2019
Photo of Lee Blalock’s Solenoid mask instr/augment (2018), by Sophia Barr Hayne