CADAF 2019 Recap

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SuperRare
May 7 · 3 min read

This past weekend’s inaugural Contemporary & Digital Arts Fair in NYC (May 3–5) was an absolute pleasure to be a part of. An event dedicated to showcasing the diversity of digital artistic mediums, I’d say they hit the nail square on the head.

The event took place at the Lightbox NYC in midtown Manhattan, where premier works of digitally inspired art covered nearly every inch of the space. The walls were constantly changing as they looped through various works of video and AI art from an impressive roster of artists.

The weekend began with a kick off party Friday night where attendees enjoyed a DJ set and got a first look at the immersive digital installations on display. I was immediately sucked into the space by the beautiful artwork of Sonia Li, whose artwork titled “HEART Mandala” covered the entire wall of the room.

Downstairs I got a chance to catch up with Sofia Garcia, founder of artxcode.io, who took me through an impressive collection of algorithmic artworks by artists Dmitri Cherniak and Tyler Hobbs.

A couple of my favorites from this collection (both of which sold at the event):

Left: “Ice Breaker” by Dmitri Cherniak , Right: “Turbulent Figures: Step I” by Dmitri Cherniak

Another weekend stand-out for me was the collection on display from artist Kevin Abosh who I’ve had the pleasure of sharing a panel with in the past. His piece titled “I Am A Coin” is wildly interesting, featuring a mylar foil pouch filled with his own blood. Incredible.

“I Am A Coin” by Kevin Abosh

Our good friend Fanny Lakoubay, COO of snark.art moderated one of the most insightful panels of the weekend where leading art and technology specialists Anne Bracegirdle (Christies), Nanne Dekking (Artory), Stefan Frohlich (Munich Re), Ulvi Kasimov (.Art) and Megan Newcome (Philips) discussed authentication, data transparency and their impact on value in the digital realm. Hearing how much focus each of their respective companies are putting into digital and emerging technologies was exciting to say the least.

Left to Right: Fanny Lakoubay, Anne Bracegirdle, Nanne Dekking, Stefan Frohlich, Megan Newcome, Ulvi Kasimov

In the last twelve months there’s been a ton of new interest in AI art after Sotheby’s and Christie’s began selling works created with machine learning. A day two panel moderated by another good friend of ours Jason Bailey dove deep into the topic and was a joy to watch. Panelists Kevin Abosh, George Bak, David Young, John Watkinson and Shirin Anlen spent the hour discussing how this rich genre is poised to capture the long overdue attention it deserves.

Right to Left: Jason Bailey, George Bak, John Watkinson, David Young, Shirin Anlen, Kevin Abosh

Massive round of applause to Elena Zavelev of New Art Academy and her team for setting up such a stellar event. The future of Art + Technology is looking brighter every day.

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