By Gavin Artz – July 5th, 2013
“Liberty, equality and fraternity” has been the conceptual catch cry for our modern democratic experiment. It is an experiment which we have been diligently failing at for the last few hundred years. Yet, this experiment is so successful that we continue with it, while being aware of its flaws. Perhaps, the best demonstration of how successful this experiment has been is that we can freely write about liberty, equality and fraternity and for that writing to no longer be banned; it has become an accepted political and social position. The flipside of this though is that these three words have lost much of their impact. As citizens in a democratic society, we do not expend much social capital exploring and applying these concepts to our contemporary experience. More >
By Gavin Artz – May 28th, 2013
Ford’s plan to stop manufacturing in Australia by 2016 and the uninspired “we will see” from GMH and Toyota on their future here has put manufacturing back in the news. While this has been mostly bad news for Ford workers and the many businesses that supply Ford, there is a bigger piece of bad news that we are not talking about. The closure of Ford is symptomatic of a deeper problem, the problem of how our attitudes toward investment hurts local innovation and ultimately jeopardises the future of our economy. More >
By Gavin Artz – April 15th, 2013
Originally Published for the MEGA SA blog. Support MEGA SA
In developed economies, there is a growing sense of unease with the economic direction we have chosen. The financialization of our economies has left us feeling as though we live in a fantasy, where nothing real underpins wealth or economic sustainability. In this fantasy, massive numbers are created through facilitating transactions, or shifting foreign currency about, but it is almost impossible to get funding for new ideas. It is no coincidence that through the era of financialization we have seen the increase in zombie myths and metaphors. More >
Gavin Artz spoke a the CHASS Inaugural National Forum at the session’What makes us Human? Technology, Arts and the Human Dehuman Divide’. He covered innovation, creativity, evil robots, digital manufacturing and the new networked economy in his talk ‘The Problem with Creativity’. Also presenting in the session where Dr Marcus Hutter, Professor for Artificial Intelligence, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science; Martin Mckenzie-Murray, Journalist, Editor, Media Adviser, Political Speechwriter and Lucina Ward, Curator – International Painting & Sculpture, National Gallery of Australia. The session was wrapped up by a provocative panel discussion.
by Gavin Artz – July 2012
Originally Published: Chartered Secretaries Australia,” Keeping Good Companies: Journal of Chartered Secretaries Australia Ltd.” July 2012 Vol. 64, No.6
‘We don’t build services to make money; we make money to build better services.’ Mark Zukerberg (Rosoff, 2012)
This year Mark Zuckerberg deftly explained the not for profit (NFP) business model in one sentence, but this was in the founders statement of one of the most anticipated IPO’s of recent times, for one of the fastest growing companies in the world.
If one sector has survived the buffeting of recession in the U.S.A. it has been those businesses that seek out disruptive innovations in products and business models. In their search for new ways of operating, they have found themselves moving into territory that has been the domain of the NFP sector, just as the NFP’s, looking for new ways of funding their mission, are turning to entrepreneurial business models.
We a beginning to see commercial and social entrepreneurial approaches finding a common ground, in that they are developing businesses that have a social, as well as financial mission. More >
By Gavin Artz – June 12th, 2012
Originally Published: As ‘Business Skills for the Arts’ for the MEGA SA blog. Support MEGA SA
Shhhhh …. don’t tell anyone, but I used to be an artist. Well, I was a musician and a composer and, after six years of working in the arts, I am not sure how much credibility that gives you as an artist. When I was an
artist musician all I wanted to do was play music and the dream, as for many of my colleagues, was not to have to work a crappy dead-end job to pay the bills. The dream was to get payed for what I wanted to do. Well, in the end that didn’t work out too well for me and I spent way more time having my soul destroyed manning market research phones or sitting behind the desk at WEA Sydney as the night attendant, than on what I wanted to do. The irony was that I had to spend so much time working at business administration, that I became much better at that than at being musician. Ultimately, managing a business was less complex than composition – it paid better too, but more importantly, I had a greater impact on people and society than I ever did as a musician. More >
Gavin Artz was a keynote at the “Four Pillars of VET” held at Adelaide’s Crowne Plaza on the 22nd of June 2012. In his talk he explored the culture shifts that technology is bringing and how they impact on vocational education and training (VET). His talk covered trends in distributed learning, asymmetrical communication, the experience of peers and mentors in technology based vocational education (how geeks learn), simulation technology, co-creation of education path ways and co-creation opportunities arising outside of education.
If you missed the talk, the skilled technicians at DFEEST have made the recording and slides available here. (Please note it opens in Blackboard Collaborate – follow the prompts to open – you may need to play the Java script).
By Gavin Artz – April 2012
Originally Published as a part of the catalogue for the exhabition “We need you, you need us”.
“It’s the economy, stupid” Bill Clinton 1992 – U.S. President
The concept of the Experience Economy (Pine & Gilmore 1998) was one of the first attempts to understand a significant economic and cultural shift brought about by digital technology. The Experience Economy in the hands of marketers played out, and for some companies still plays out, as corporations producing an artificial cultural experience to help sell goods and services. It was a reasonable attempt to make sense of the fundamental changes occurring in developed economies, but while the work of Pine and Gilmore intuitively grasped a fundamental truth, it is as though the concepts were seen through the lens of 1990’s marketing and therefore making it impossible to grasp the full importance of what was happening. More >
InDaily’s Laim Mannix interviews Gavin Artz on 3D Printing technology and its potential impact. http://www.indaily.com.au/?iid=59846#folio=002
Adelaide, Australia hosted one of the first 3D printing and digital manufacturing forums that explicitly looked at the links between 3D printing technology, the maker movement, art, design, craft and the future of manufacturing. The day was presented in partnership with the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT), Intel Labs, RiAus and DFEEST.The speakers included David ten Have (Ponoko), Mark Thomson, Genevieve Bell (Intel Labs), Sivam Krish, Peter Schumacher (UniSA), Carolyn Anderson (DFEEST), David Chan (UniSA), Kristin Alford (Bridge8), Gavin Artz (ANAT), Jay Melican and Lucas Ainsworth (Intel Labs). More >
By Gavin Artz – December 2011
Originally Published: NAVA Quarterly 11.4 Arts Policy
Artists are amongst the lowest paid workers in this country. Despite broad community goodwill for what arts practitioners do and relatively solid government support provided over a number of decades, the majority of artists are still some of the lowest paid workers in the country. What we have been doing isn’t working. More >
By Gavin Artz – December 19th, 2011
Originally Published: ANAT Filter Magazine – Issue 78
As an Australian going to the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) for the first time, you will encounter something you never expected at an international arts conference: evidence of Australia’s dominance in this artistic genre.
It is a reflection on how we view our country’s role in the in the art world that one of the most surprising aspects of ISEA is the overwhelming number of Australians that are presenting papers, exhibitions and workshops. International leadership is something that you don’t expect as an Australian; it is not a word often found in an arts and cultural dialogue in our country. More >
Gavin Artz is inetrviewed by Emma Manser of Our World Today following his TEDx Adelaide talk on 3D printing and its impact on art, culture, community and the economy. http://www.ourworldtoday.com.au/news/article/now-for-something-completely-different
“Business and industry need to learn how to work with creativity better… art and design, science and technology, need to learn some more business industry skills so they can meet in the middle.” - Gavin Artz
Gavin Artz links democratic ideals, with entrepreneurial business, culture, innovation, art and community creativity at TEDx Adelaide 2011. Gavin brings together a number of ideas that appear in his articles and research by using the common thread of 3D printing technologies.
In October 2011 Gavin Artz presented at the 5th World Summit on Arts and Culture held in Melbourne, Australia. Gavin gave this international policy forum an insight into what is needed if we are to develop strong, cross-disciplinary research between the arts & sciences.
The Australian National University have provided an excellent review of the session which included an extended panel discsussion. Moderated by Pia Waugh (ICT Policy Advisor, Office of The Hon Senator Kate Lundy), the panel also comprised Erica Seccombe (Visual artist and PhD candidate ANU School of Art), Tim Senden (Professor, ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Australia).
During TEDx Adelaide James Fosdike was creating amazing images inspired by the talks. This image was inspired by Gavin Artz and his presentation on 3D printing. Please click on the image to see it in all its detail.
ArtsHub’s Alana Massalsky spoke with Gavin Artz about TEDx Adelaide where he was speaking on the economic, cultural and social changes that 3D printing technologies will bring.
The subject of Gavin Artz’s TEDx presentation has the potential to upstage all speakers that came before. It’s an emerging technology with that novelty or ‘wow’ factor that makes for great television. But according to the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) CEO, this technological advance could have a profound impact on all our lives.
For the full article go to ArtsHub:
The Australian national broadcaster ABC1 gave time to an overview of the complex questions around Australian culture and its realtionship with the arts. Gavin Artz briefly had the oppertunity to present on the new business oppertunities arsing from brining together arts, humanities, culture, business and technology. (It is well worth watching the whole program – Gavin Artz is at 20.25)
Culture is an innovation process. – Gavin Artz