Drue Kataoka


Drue Kataoka – Merging Art and Technology for Social Impact

Monday, June 26, 2017  

TIME: 5:30 – 7:30 PM

EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception

Continuing the discussion of the tremendous potential of arts to transform the world,  Technology Artist  Drue Kataoka will discuss bridges, intersections and connections (similar to her Merging Realms: Art, Science, and Social Awareness talk at DENT).  Drue will share her thoughts and experiences using her art at both the emotional and rational levels, to establish unusual connections and stimulate creativity and innovation with significant social impact using cutting edge technologies like virtual realitybrainwaves(EEG), and mobile platforms.

About Drue Kataoka:

Named a Young Global Leader & Cultural Leader of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Drue was invited to give a solo exhibition in Davos.  Drue has also been a featured speaker at the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016.  She is currently a member of the WEF Steering Committee on VR/AR/AI for the Creative Economy.  Drue is a 2017 Artist in Residence for Google VR (Tilt Brush).

Celebrating American women’s “firsts,” Drue’s iconic image Now Is The Time was launched around the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign. The only artwork officially unveiled at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, it was featured in Forbes, Huff Po, US Weekly, TIME Motto, CNBC and others.  In 2017, she debuted a virtual reality artwork and social VR experience inspired by Now Is The Time.

Drue’s piece “400,000 Is Not a Number” helped shine a light on the backlog of 400,000 untested rape kits waiting for justice, and her “Touch Our Future” digital tapestry drew the attention & participation of dozens of Nobel Laureates and heads of state to help reduce infant mortality.

Only 24 hours after its creation, Drue’s portrait of British M.P. and humanitarian Jo Cox flooded social media, newswires and TV.  Drue’s posters were carried by tens of thousands of people in Trafalgar Square, Batley, Dublin, Buenos Aires, New York, Washington DC, and many other cities, as a symbol of our shared humanity.

PRICE: $20 Members, $25 Non-members. $10 Students with valid ID. Includes hors d’oeuvres. Cash Bar.


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