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“Intersection of Art and Technology”
A Panel Discussion:
West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology
Saturday, October 1 2-4pm


In this panel discussion, we share a lively conversation between artists and social innovators as they share on the intersection of art and technology. We will talk with artists, writers, and curators to discuss the intersection between art and storytelling, particularly the following questions: How do artists utilize new media, such as code or harnessing the power of social media in their art work? How is technology used as a tool to connect people to the arts? How is this field growing and changing with digital media and work like NFT’s and AI? This is an event in partnership with ArtPrize, Cultivate, and WMCAT.

​Seating is not reserved. We do recommend that attendees arrive before 1:45 to ensure that they have a seat. If you have accessibility needs, please email
hello@cultivategrandrapids.org and we will do our best to support you.

We are excited to share the moderator and panelists below. 

Our Panelists 

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Brandon Copeland (a.k.a. Dante Cope) 

Brandon Copeland a.k.a. “Dante Cope” is an award-winning hip-hop/jazz saxophonist and engineer, and plays in the bands Les Créatif and The Extra Texture. He is music tech + production teaching artist for creative youth programming at the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT); and is the former director of The Death House, an underground music venue that specializes in punk, house, jazz, and hip-hop music. Brandon also co-founded and runs The Beat Suite, a showcase on hip-hop music production, and is creative director at Couture Tape Co-Operative, a media news source for the Grand Rapids music scene. He currently serves as artist-in-residence at Dwelling Place.

See more of Piper's work here

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Kat Quay

Kat Quay’s (she/her) research-based practice incorporates her interdisciplinary art/technology background into explorations of boundaries and shifts in spatial realities. Her work was recently aboard the International Space Station via Sojourner 2020, an art payload sent by MIT Media Lab’s Space Exploration Institute on Space-X’s Dragon Vessel. She has previously shown work at the Texas Vignette, UT Visual Arts Center, Austin City Hall, Socrates Sculpture Park, BHQFU’s “Last Brucennial”, Galerie Protégè, TEMP Art Space, Trestle Project Space, and AES/Repetti Gallery. She was a 2018 nominee for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award and selected as a 2017 artist-in-residence at A-Z West and Studios at MASS MoCA. She has previously participated in the SOMA Summer, Atlantic Center for the Arts and Gullkistan residencies. Quay was a speaker on the 2017 SXSWedu panel session “The Art and Science of Spatial Perception”, and her work has been highlighted in the e-flux/Serpentine Gallery AUP Archive. She received her MFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in Art & Art History from Colgate University. Quay will be participating in ArtPrize 2022 this fall in Grand Rapids, MI and has a forthcoming permanent installation at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport coming in 2023.

See more of Kat's work here


Troy Ramos 

Natalie G'NAT Wetzel (she/her) is a transdisciplinary artist with an MFA in Sculpture, co-director of creative space, The Moon GR, and an Associate Professor of the First Year Experience at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. She has exhibited and lectured internationally, and has worked as a model/performer, designer/builder across commercial and fine art contexts. Her personal work focuses on the mutability of identity with narratives informed by science and art crossover, while her community-based work invites audiences into immersive experiences.

See more of Natalie's work here

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Our Moderator: 

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Mallory Shotwell

Mallory Shotwell (she/her) is the founder and director of Cultivate.  Mallory is also an interdisciplinary artist and curator.  In her artistic and curatorial work, she considers care and caregiving in their practices, as they create spaces to hold space for various experiences and emotions.  Her immersive installation-based work considers sensorial engagement, creating room-like environments within the exhibition to mindfully consider and harness the concept of both physical rest and visual rest, and inviting points of engagement and participation. Her current body of work is on breast cancer. 

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