All Hail, Our Robotic Friends!
August 3rd, 7pm-1am at Cross campus in dtla
The robots are coming… Are we ready? As mythology and technology collide the robots from our dreams are materializing into reality. The opportunities for robotics to improve our lives are abundant across sectors: reduction of menial labor & waste; environmental cleanup & restoration; improvement healthcare & social services; revolutions in entertainment & transportation. But what is at stake as our relationship with robots evolves? As we boldly step into this new frontier do we risk losing something that makes us special? Or can the technology we create help bring out the best of our humanity?
Join the MindshareLA community for an eclectic evening featuring talks by visionary pioneers exploring the world of robotics. In addition to the talks there will be the usual well-stocked bar, delicious food, delightful performances, and enlightened debauchery for which MindshareLA is known.
As part of the event we’ll also be hosting the Botskers awards ceremony for the 9th Annual Robot Film Festival which will be taking place on Sunday the 4th August at the Downtown Independent Theater.
** There will be a full bar, light snacks and dinner plates for sale **
Andrew Mcgregor utilizes robotics in humanitarian, artistic, and cultural projects. He is the head of the Oomvelt research project developing wearable technology to enable animals to communicate to humans when they smell a landmine in addition to developing educational programs for LA schools to teach students how to use technology to facilitate interspecies communication. Every year he curates a robot-themed art show featuring 70+ artists at The Hive Gallery in DTLA. He co-created the interactive sculpture 'Teenage Meadow' that combines plants and robotics. He is also a writer and director who utilizes science fiction filmmaking to encourage new solutions to humanitarian problems. His latest movie 'Where the Robot Things Are' is about to start a global festival run.
Heather Knight is a computer science professor at Oregon State University. Her research interests include human-robot interaction, non-verbal machine communications and non-anthropomorphic social robots. She directs the CHARISMA* Research Lab, whose goal is to operationalize methods from the performing arts to make more charismatic robots. *Collaborative Humans and Robots: Interaction, Sociability, Machine Learning, and Art.
ARTISTS & PERFORMERs INCLUDE
Tiffany Trenda’s performances and installations explore the relationship of the human body, particularly the female body, to technology. She interchanges her identity with screens to represent how we conceal and reveal ourselves through our devices (smart phones, computers, etc.). As these devices become an integral part of our daily lives, we relate to them as if they are part of our skin. Therefore, we are constantly choosing between the physical and the simulation of our bodies through virtual realities, social media, etc. We are no longer living in the present but through the screen. This changes how we form memories and how we interact with the outside world.
Jasmine Ejan an Oxnard native, hopes to empower, inspire and uplift the world through art. From ballets to Bollywood films, to jumping out of a tiger cage in a magic show to running away with the circus, this Filipina-Chinese-American's favorite credits include: Celine Dion’s A New Day, Broadway National and China tour of “Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan” as Tiger Lily, Elton John, World Music Awards, City Ballet Los Angeles, Lyric Opera, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance, Dream World Cirque. Over 25 regional musicals (Avenue Q is another favorite!) commercials, promos, art installations, Kimmel, Oprah, Conan, Tonight Show, Young and the Restless, Bold & the Beautiful, American Horror Story. She roller skates in Debbie Allen’s Hot Chocolate Nutcracker as a roller skating snow bunny, commercials, music videos (Macy's, Facebook, Nike, Tyga, Kiiara). Creator of Blowpaste. CEO of CheekyChaCha.com. BA in dance, UC Irvine, M.ed from UNLV. @JasmineEjan – Love is love. JasmineEjan.com
Kuan Ju Wu is interested in creating delightful interactions between humans, machines, and environments. He builds kinetic construction kits and tangible interfaces that borrow facets from the shapes and movements of nature, from the stories about the future machines, and the perceptual memories from our early childhood, those intuitive, rich and satisfying experiences.
Natura Machina: Teenage Meadow symbiotically combines plants and robotics in a harmonious relationship as part of a long-term goal of creating art that is simultaneously a new life form that can exist in nature.
Want to get involved in the event as a presenter, performer or partner?? Apply here…
Since 2006 MindshareLA has been a mecca for thousands of designers, technologists, media professionals, social entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and other forward-facing citizens to meet, broaden their perspectives and expand their circle of connections. The evening events are centered around a curated program of short talks and feature lively musical acts and colorful performances.
THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTING PARTNERS
Endless West is a San Francisco based spirits company using innovative methods to create molecular spirits and wines. Its first product, Glyph, is the first whiskey ever to be crafted note by note, using molecules (or flavor and aroma notes) extracted in their purest form from more efficient sources in nature. Unlike conventional whiskeys, Glyph is made without aging or barreling — which means significantly less wood, water and land is used in its production process.
** There will be a tasting table at the event **
THANKS TO OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Cross Campus’ network of Los Angeles coworking and office spaces allows professionals and creatives the workspace flexibility needed to focus as well as collaborate. Our shared office spaces are open, accessible environments where tech startups, digital media agencies, and freelance professionals from every industry can work together. We have locations in Santa Monica, Downtown LA, Pasadena, and South Bay.
DEEPEN is a series of live events facilitated by educators, entertainers and accredited guides where attendees meet interesting people, doing interesting things. Close relationships, more than money or fame, are what keep people happy throughout their lives.
The 9th Annual Robot Film Festival will be held at the the Downtown Independent LA on August 4th, 2019 from 5-9pm. Their annual Botskers award ceremony will take place at MindshareLA’s on August 3rd! RFF welcomes film submissions for upcoming festivals, particularly those that explore positive storytelling about robots!
THANKS TO OUR EXPERIENTIAL PARTNERS
Thanks to THE MINDSHARELA Connectors
The MindshareLA Connectors are a group of individuals that pledge extra support to the event. Each month we host a dinner for the Connectors, presenters and other special guests.