Cultivating Collaboration

Stanford University, widely known for its strong engineering programs, has in recent years made a concerted effort to enrich its cultural offerings. Cantor Arts Center, the university’s art museum, has been instrumental in leading this new arts initiative on campus. This summer, Cantor will launch ‘Art++’, an Augmented Reality (AR) application developed in partnership with the Image, Video and Multimedia Systems Lab at Stanford’s School of Engineering. This interdisciplinary, collaborative project demonstrates the university’s core strengths in computing as well as its new emphasis on the arts. The Art++ project serves as an excellent case study for partnerships between academic museums and the engineering or computing departments at their universities. In an age in which apps and in-gallery interactives have become standard at museums, Art++ presents an instance in which a museum has partnered with graduate engineering students to launch a new in-gallery experience, rather than hiring a private company to design and execute a technical build. This presentation will focus on the development of the project at Cantor, and will introduce the Art++ open-source software to the wider museum community. Speakers Session Leader : María del Carmen Barrios, Curatorial Assistant to the Art++ Initiative, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University Co-Presenter : Anna Toledano, PhD Student, History of Science, Stanford University MCN 2016 New Orleans, LA