Robots write music and perform concerts

hatsune mike documentaryI spoke with  visual artist Tara Knight about what robots are doing in Japan, across cultural and digital divides, specifically  Hatsune Miku. She is Japan’s most popular teen vocaloid character. Knight recently toured the U.S., including appearances on late night television, talking about her interactive documentary of Hatsune Miku called “Mikumentary“.  Knight breaks with the traditional notion of artist and audience as separate from art.

Knight’s work with Hatsune Miku challenges the notion that adolescence is a life stage we outgrow. Miku reveals that digital technology, when applied to art and culture, allows  even the most socially fixed among us can regain access to many possible identities through creative expression. Her work also challenges what it means to be an artist.

For more details about how a robot can write and perform songs, read this account published by The Atlantic magazine.

 

 

How to make social media work for you

publicizing-your-scientific-researchI believe in helping scientists, engineers and other professionals authentically promote their core personal projects (e.g., the things we lose track of time while doing, would do for free, or experience with passion).

Traditionally, researchers and scientists make their work known to the world through publications in peer-reviewed journals and indirectly through writers (like me!) and magazines. However, in today’s work world technology has become an integral part of everyday life. It is possible to spread information quickly and directly with social media, which can potentially reach millions of people through direct engagement and community creation. Now researchers and scientists may connect their core personal projects directly with the public.

I lead an engaging workshop that helps professionals uncover and connect with their core projects, and then promote them authentically in the digital space in a way that is not exhausting and boosts career success. I give this workshop as a community service, and would love to talk about how I might help your group. If you like, ping me on Twitter @genevivebjorn to start a convo or click here to learn more about me.