CODASUMMIT 2020 HOSTED VIRTUAL PARTY
KICKED OFF CODASUMMIT VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
September 30, 2020
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Barbara Tober arrived at the CODAsummit virtual opening vernissage as a unicorn. The annual conference on the intersection of art, technology, and commissioned public art, originally planned to take place in Denver, was instead presented as an Alt Ethos virtual event hosted on Second Life.
Among the guests were many of the artists and designers making CODAsummit keynote presentations including School of Visual Arts MFA Program Director David Ross, NPR’s Laura Sydell, The Whitney Museum’s Christiane Paul, artists including Gail Folwellt and Bill FitzGibbons, designers including Edwin Schlossberg and Melissa Borrell, Christy MacClear, the CEO of Superblue, and Roberta Bloom, the head of the Aurora Art in Public Places Commission.
Alt Ethos created a unique virtual environment for the kick-off party; an island paradise with crystal domes where attendees were free to walk, run, or even fly from place to place. Adding to the fun, each participant could select an avatar so the usual creative black tie was replaced by guests dressed as angels, men in white tie, ballerinas, and even zombies.
CODAsummit is a three-day conference focused on innovative ways creative
professionals incorporate technology into art installations that change the ways we
experience our environments. CODASummit co-founders Toni Sikes and Ilene Shaw
began the proceedings: “Private spaces and public places have a profound impact on our lives. CODAsummit is all about honoring the individuals who create spaces that inspire us and make the world more beautiful.” Cindy Allen, the editor-in-chief of Interior Designs Magazine, said, “I cheer for the architect, the designer, and the artist. That’s what makes CODAworx so unique: Celebrating their collaboration.”
The sponsors of CODAsummit Virtual include Espon, High Fidelity, and Acronym Inc’s Barbara Tober, who later in the conference delivered a lighthearted: “I hope I can bring good luck to everyone at this conference, because that’s what unicorns are supposed to do!”
CODAworx is on a mission to transform every space in the world by making great
commissions happen. Serving as the hub of the commissioned art economy, we connect all members of the industry, matching creative talent with creative opportunities, and providing digital tools that streamline the commission workflow process. Our network connects artists and creative teams to architects, design and art professionals, and the universe of companies that provide services and products for commission projects. The CODAworx website, which launched in December 2014, has attracted design + art members from 93 countries. To date, over 5,000 projects are featured on CODAworx with art budgets totaling over $1.3 billion. Visit www.codaworx.com