The FluxOnArt App, Dream Energy Portrait Series, and The ShiNola Art Gallery of New Orleans
New Orleans is known as a destination for musicians, writers, artists, and travelers. Famous or struggling, classically trained or outsider, many come to the Crescent City to mingle with the vibrant culture that never fails to inspire.
What may not be known, is New Orleans has become home to an ever-growing tech community. This growth is fueled in part by Louisiana’s tax credits benefiting Digital Interactive Media and Software Development, but mostly by the characteristic New Orleanian drive and hustle.
A thriving tech community may seem an odd expectation in a city known for music, art, and voodoo, but originality is part of New Orleans DNA. You see it everywhere in every form, from business and what it means to be an Entreapenure, to high art, and DYI. With the introduction of a vibrant Tech community, you should expect lines to be blurred and something a little different and new to emerge.
In fact, blurred lines are redefining tech and art worldwide.
“… art and tech have become more intertwined than ever before … providing new ways to mix different types of media, allowing more human interaction…”
– Smithsonian Magazine
A brilliant example of one such art/tech fusion can be found at ShiNola Art Gallery of New Orleans. Co-owned by Daphne Britton and resident artist Peter Ladetto, ShiNola hosts art openings, monthly music events, and engages in community outreach to underserved populations.
Ladetto’s latest portrait series has intertwined art and tech in such a way as to have a surprisingly profound effect, not only on art lovers but on those with special needs. It’s this unintentional effect on the special needs community that indicates the untapped possibilities for blending art & tech.