A conversation with Joshua Davis and John Maeda
Filmed at FITC Toronto 2007
The Design & Technology Festival
More info at fitc.ca
Joshua Davis is a New York based Artist, Designer, and Technologist producing both public and private work for companies, collectors, and institutions. Using technology and computers as a medium since 1995, he has been working on many personal projects: joshuadavis.com, conceptual project once-upon-a-forest.com, and others, including Praystation, Cyphen, and Dreamless.
Joshua was the winner of the 2001 Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in the category Net Excellence , the highest honour in international digital art and design. He’s exhibited his interactive works at the Tate Modern (London), the Ars Electronica (Austria), the Design Museum (London), Le Centre Pompidou (France), The Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), PS.1 Moma (New York), and many others.
In December of 2006, Joshua was inducted into the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s “National Design Triennial : Design Life Now”
He is a professional designer and creative thinker, traveling the world speaking at conferences and workshops about his inspirations and motivations, building his own creative projects, and teaching as a professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
JOHN MAEDA is a world-renowned graphic designer, visual artist, and computer scientist at the MIT Media Lab and is a founding voice for "simplicity" in the digital age.
Named by Esquire magazine as one of the 21 most important people in the 21st century, Maeda first made his mark by redefining the use of electronic media as a tool of expression for people of all ages and skills. He is the recipient of the highest career honors for design in the United States, Japan, and Germany, and serves on the board of trustees for the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. A faculty member at the Media Lab since 1996, Maeda holds the E. Rudge and Nancy Allen Professorship of Media Arts and Sciences and codirects the Lab's design-oriented Physical Language Workshop and its SIMPLICITY consortium. He has had major exhibits of his work in Paris, London, New York, and Tokyo and has written several books on his philosophy of "humanizing technology" through his perspective on the digital arts.
Maeda received both his BS and MS degrees from MIT and earned his Ph.D. in design from Tsukuba University Institute of Art and Design in Japan. In May 2003, he received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Maeda is a sought-after lecturer on "simplicity" at major universities and boardrooms throughout the world. He lives with his wife, Kris, and their four daughters, Saaya, Naoko, Rie, and Mika, in Lexington, Massachusetts.
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