Telfair Museums offers a PULSE Art + Technology Festival for 2024 with a focus on the museum’s new immersive, technology-focused Children’s Art Museum, local artists’ AI art projects, and STEAM activities for children and families. PULSE features a tech-focused talk for students, a Friday night AI film screening with cool tech projects by local artists, and a Free Family Day.
Xiuyuan Lu, Yinfan Tang, Roxy Ran, Haoming Lang (artists), Posthumanism, 2023, interactive installation incorporating ChatGPT
PULSE Projects: Analog to AI
Jepson Center | Morrison Community Gallery
January 26 – February 4
Telfair’s 2024 PULSE Festival includes several recent artist projects that have emerged on the local scene to address our relationship with technology, from artists using AI tools to those finding new inspiration in earlier tech from animated GIFs to LEDs. Works include Will Penny’s Small Talk which crosses a kitsch electronic toy with AI that encourages visitors to interact. The group project Posthumanism presents a cyberpunk aesthetic of tubes, wires, and screens, and incorporates the viewer’s image into AI-generated texts. Katie Hagen’s Glow is an LED sculpture that references weaving, while Bryce Winters’ A Lossy Existence features a series of GIFs which pose questions about human experience.
PULSE Student Talk – “Behind the Scenes: Designing Telfair’s Children’s Art Museum” Speakers: Stephen Nottingham, Chief Executive Officer, FREN Inc., and Inwon Jong, Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer, FREN Inc.
11am | Jepson Center
Elementary school through high school students are invited to join the creators of Telfair’s Children’s Art Museum to learn about the team skills, design and technologies used to create the interactive and immersive experiences in this transformative space that ignites creativity and inspires children of all ages. Free admission for all students and museum members. School groups please register in advance by contacting Carey Daughtry at email@example.com.
Metropolis image courtesy Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.
6:00–8pm: PULSE Art and Film Night: Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis
Doors open 5:30pm
Come enjoy an evening of projections, cool tech projects by local artists, and a classic anime feature. Art projects by Savannah-based artists will include large-scale projections by Will Penny and John Colette, and an exhibition of media art and interactive works made with AI. At 6pm, enjoy a screening of the classic animated feature Metropolis (107 minutes, 2001). Spectacular visuals highlight this acclaimed Japanese anime by director Rintaro, set in a futuristic, regimented society where human and robots are at odds. Often cited as among the most beautiful of anime films, Metropolis is inspired by Fritz Lang’s 1927 film and based upon the manga by Osamu Tezuka, with a screenplay by Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira). The film is rated PG-13.
$8 general admission | Free to members
PULSE Free Family Day
10am–5pm (Children’s art activities 1-4pm) | Jepson Center
Families are invited to enjoy a day of free admission for area local residents to experience tech-based and interactive art projects and demonstrations by local artists and a special performance by Tybee Ballet Theater.
*Free admission for residents of Chatham, Bryan, Effingham, Liberty, Jasper, and Beaufort Counties
Investment for Free Family Days is provided by the City of Savannah, the Georgia Council for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Colonial Group, Inc.