The Artist Engineer Podcast
Justine Greenland Duke interview: Keep Dancing, Keep Learning!

Justine Greenland Duke interview: Keep Dancing, Keep Learning!

August 26, 2021

Justine Greenland Duke joins us on this episode! Justine is Head of Knowledge Management at Mastercard Foundation in Toronto, where she helps people, teams and organizations make sense of apparent complexity through the thoughtful use of technology. 

For over 15 years, Justine has focused her efforts on philanthropic organizations. Previously she pursued careers in dance performance and choreography.

We discuss the value of knowledge management inside philanthropic foundations, how working backwards from a strategy can make knowledge more useful, and how honing both technical skills and creative skills can help you recognize patterns in both your professional and personal life.

Justine tells us how the skills learned in gymnastics and dance, such as discipline, communication and simplifying ideas, have helped her in her professional life. Finally, we explore some tips for managing professional transitions, including taking a break, serendipitous relationships, talking out loud, and journaling.

You can find out more about Justine here:

https://about.me/justinegreenlandduke

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Howard Robot interview: F.I.R.E., Flaming Phalluses and Feelings

Howard Robot interview: F.I.R.E., Flaming Phalluses and Feelings

August 12, 2021

Our guest is Howard Robot! Howard is the creator of My Robot Friend - a musical and performance art project from New York City - known for live performances in which he wears his homemade robot costume complete with flames, lights, shooting ping-pong balls and confetti!

Howard is also a creative software developer designing and implementing web, desktop, and mobile applications.

In this episode, we discuss the origin of My Robot Friend, his philosophy of what it means to be a robot, and learning about basic electrical theory (spoiler alert, it's shocking!) As well, Howard gives us his thoughts on how to fund a creative life while maintaining artistic freedom and the importance of pursuing F.I.R.E (Financial Independence Retire Early) in his life.

Finally, he shares his insights on the ways in which creativity, collaboration and community overlap between software engineering and creating art.

Intro song "By Your Side (feat. Dean Wareham)" by My Robot Friend

To check out more of Howard's music and art go to https://www.myrobotfriend.com/

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“Real Artists Ship!”

“Real Artists Ship!”

June 30, 2021

In this THEME episode, it's just your co-hosts Tony and Bill! We discuss when is a creation - be it a piece of art, software code or a product - ready to "ship"? We explore where and how does creativity flourish? And we unpack some of the psychology behind procrastination and how that can be a good thing, by giving us the time and space to come up with creative solutions and new ideas. 

Speaking of ideas, where do they come from? Are there any new ideas? ... Really? Let's get philosophical!

Finally, we name drop and quote Pablo Picasso, Jerry Garcia, and several of our guests throughout this episode so ...

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And check out a few past episodes whose guest's wisdom we draw upon.

  • John Mohr interview: Indie Rock Star to IT Rock Star (October 2020)
  • Ron Diorio interview: Imagination + Productivity = Creativity (November 2020)
  • Sunil Garg talks with us about Science, Art, Law and the Cosmos! (December 2020)
  • Sabrina Thompson interview: NASA Engineer, Artist, Author and Baller! (March 2021)
  • Robert J. Lang interview: Origami Master and Physicist (June 2021)

 

Robert J. Lang interview: Origami Master and Physicist

Robert J. Lang interview: Origami Master and Physicist

June 19, 2021

Our guest this episode is Robert J. Lang, one of the world’s leading masters of the art of origami.

Robert's work combines aspects of the Western school of mathematical origami design with the Eastern emphasis upon line and form. It has been shown in exhibitions around the world including in New York's Museum of Modern Art and Paris's Carrousel du Louvre. He has consulted on the application of origami to engineering problems ranging from air-bag design to expandable space telescopes. He is also the author or co-author of twenty-one books on origami art and design.

We discuss Robert's decision to quit his job in laser physics to focus on origami full-time, how he applies families of patterns from origami to industrial problems, and what constitutes "good" origami in both the art and engineering worlds.

Robert describes what elegance in design is and how pursuing elegance can lead to surprising results. And finally, we share resources that will help you to get started learning origami.

You can find out more about Robert and his work below:

https://langorigami.com/

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Shefik Presents Invocation, Knighthood and Technology

Shefik Presents Invocation, Knighthood and Technology

June 2, 2021

Our guest this episode is Shefik! Shefik is the Executive Producer and Host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Shefik Presents Invocation", which is broadcast on 23 terrestrial radio stations throughout the United States.

Shefik is also a seasoned technologist with a career background as a Lead Architect and Senior Web Developer. He is currently a Technical Lead for NBC Sports at NBC Universal.

We discuss how a CD collection and creating playlists were the inspiration behind his radio show, as well as the circumstances that led to him being knighted, not once, but twice! And what a knighthood means in modern times.

Finally, Shefik describes how balancing creative and analytical thinking can help build technology and entertainment that serves a greater good.

You can find out more about Shefik and his show below:

http://invocation.co/

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Vic Bondi interview: Hardcore and Microsoft

Vic Bondi interview: Hardcore and Microsoft

May 11, 2021

On this episode we’re joined by Vic Bondi, a business technologist who’s held senior positions at Microsoft and consulted with companies both large and small. As well, he was a founding member of the politically focused, Chicago-based hardcore punk band, Articles of Faith. Vic has a PhD in History and has written and taught on the topic.

We discuss the evolution of Microsoft culture from the 90s to today
and how a phone machine negotiated his first Microsoft contract. We ponder whether software programmers are today’s new rock stars, and finally we explore the thread that connects Vic’s music, software development and history experiences together.

Check out more information on Vic and his various projects

Vic’s latest music 
vicbondi.bandcamp.com

Executive Decision (his history podcast) https://executivedecision.libsyn.com/

Vic Bondi
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic_Bondi

 

Benton C. Bainbridge interview: Family Trees, NFTs, and Beastie Boys!

Benton C. Bainbridge interview: Family Trees, NFTs, and Beastie Boys!

April 7, 2021

Benton C. Bainbridge joins us for this episode. Benton is best known as a pioneer of visual music performance, where he creates media art and visual performances with handcrafted image processing systems. Benton has collaborated with a diverse group of artists, including the Beastie Boys, with whom Benton VJ’d two world tours. 

We discuss the nature and nurture of growing up in a family of both artists and engineers, how engineering and bleeding edge technology have often been a part of art, artists and art traditions, choosing freedom versus stability while making a living as an artist, how emerging NFT (non-fungible token) technologies could be used to sell, collect and trade digital and ethereal art and finally, how an oscilloscope led to a Beastie Boys world tour!

Benton is faculty at the School of Visual Arts MFA Computer Arts Department, 
and Artist-in-Residence at Andrew Freedman Home in The Bronx. 

You can find out more about Benton below:

- https://bentoncbainbridge.com/

- https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=benton+c+bainbridge+

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Bring Your Whole Self to Work! Really?!?

Bring Your Whole Self to Work! Really?!?

March 24, 2021

On this special Theme episode, it's just your hosts Bill and Tony!

Join us as we unpack the idea of Bringing Your Whole Self to Work. We recap how our guests have brought their artist and engineer lives to work, as well as share our own experiences. We explore what "bringing your whole self to work" means to us and discuss ideas such as being authentic vs adaptive, self-aware, and comfortable in your own skin.

Finally, we talk about the benefits we all get from a full and diverse set of experiences, and the challenges of navigating professional standards, work culture, and social media.

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Sabrina Thompson interview: NASA Engineer, Artist, Author and Baller!

Sabrina Thompson interview: NASA Engineer, Artist, Author and Baller!

March 10, 2021

Our guest this episode is Sabrina Thompson. Sabrina is an aerospace engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where she designs orbits and develops trajectories for space missions. She is also the author of the Girl in Space Book Series.

We discuss a wide range of topics such as the different phases of a NASA mission, how to introduce kids to STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics), what basketball, dance and art have in common, and sneakers that can defy Newton's 3 laws of motion!

You can find out more about Sabrina (a.ka. - Nefertiti-Pokahontas!) here

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Yubin Lee interview: Engineer, Photographer, Musician

Yubin Lee interview: Engineer, Photographer, Musician

February 25, 2021

On this episode our guest is Yubin Lee, who is currently Senior Program Manager for Alexa Smart Home at Amazon. He is the author of the book "Human Nature, Photographs from Europe" and a musician utilizing technology to create hip hop beats via old school soul, funk, and jazz vinyl.

Yubin was born in Korea, grew up in Germany and now lives in the United States. We explore how Europe, Asia and the US perceive the divide between professional and artistic pursuits differently, how hobbies can evolve into a creative process, and how sharing your passions at work can improve your relationships with your colleagues.

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You can find out more about Yubin below:

On Instagram here and here

On Soundcloud

On Youtube

Human Nature, Photographs from Europe

 

Alice Wroe interview: Augmented and Virtual Realities Lead at The Atlantic Institute

Alice Wroe interview: Augmented and Virtual Realities Lead at The Atlantic Institute

February 10, 2021

Our guest this episode is Alice Wroe, the Augmented and Virtual Realities Lead at the Atlantic Institute in Oxford England. The Atlantic Institute connects the seven Atlantic Fellows programs, building a global community of courageous leaders who address systemic causes of inequity.

Alice is also the founder of Herstory, a project using art and culture to engage people with women’s history. She has worked at the intersection of art, technology and social justice for leading institutions including Magic Leap, U2, and The Gates Foundation.

We discuss being an accidental technologist, the experience of meeting a Digital Human for the first time, how AR and VR could be used to elevate our humanity, and the role artists play in preventing technology from becoming boring and dangerous.

You can read more about Alice and her work below

Atlantic Institute and Atlantic Fellows

HerStory

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Bertrand Martin interview: Satellites and Portraits!

Bertrand Martin interview: Satellites and Portraits!

January 27, 2021

Our guest this episode is Bertrand Martin, Head of Airbus Satellite Platform Product Line & Policy at Airbus and an accomplished water and oil painter based in Toulouse, France. Bertrand is represented by several art galleries in Europe.

We discuss the rigorous, technological and celestial nature of Bertrand’s professional career in the satellite industry, along with the very expressive, human and terrestrial nature of his art and subject matter.

You can check out Bertrand’s art at https://bertrand-martin.com/

And find him on Instagram at @bertrandmartinartist

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