↑ ACT Festival 2015, Gwangju / South Korea – Workshops
CreativeApplications.Net [CAN] catalogues projects, tools and platforms relevant to the intersection of art, media and technology. Since 2008, CAN’s central objective has been to facilitate an environment that nurtures creative exchanges and networks between practitioners in art, media, design and technology. With a focus on education, it’s an incubator for people, organization, events and tools and provides an open platform for dialogue and knowledge sharing.
CAN has spearheaded and supported education driven initiatives worldwide, including hosting dozens of workshops and hundreds of talks and panel discussions – enabling thousands of students to participate via hands-on learning and lively debate.
Student work is regularly featured on CAN – taking it from internal pin-ups and critiques and disseminating it globally – to the benefit of creator and institution alike. Publishing this work alongside that of leading practitioners reflects a bottom-up approach to practice and an indifference to the hierarchies and ‘star systems’ that are rampant in art and design publishing. Showcasing emerging voices is integral to CAN.
Current and past initiatives:
- Over 3,000 project profiles, interviews, essays and tutorials published since 2008.
- Steadfast commitment to promoting innovative educational initiatives.
- Providing an ad free environment for students and educators.
- Building relationships with educators and schools.
- Curating, organising and supporting education-focused events.
- Supporting diversity across our networks and initiatives.
- Enabling wider access to CAN for researchers and students.
- Developing a more intuitive and searchable archive.
- Increasing the archive’s value as a teaching tool and educational resource.
- Experimental data analysis (visualization, machine learning, semantic web, etc.) of art and technology landscape.
Beyond informing their studies, CAN also helps students as they enter and navigate the workforce. From leading independent studios to the R&D labs of Fortune 500 companies, the creative directors and technologists working on some of today’s most interesting creative problems turn to CAN when they are recruiting. With 750 jobs listed to date, the site helps employers conduct quick and efficient searches for top talent, while students and recent graduates have access to exciting employment, skills development and mentorship opportunities.
CAN is a venue where experimental applications of technology converge with a practical and theoretical base, it chronicles the full life cycle of creativity across art and design research, and the commercial realm. Through showcasing innovative student work, to developing educational content for leading organizations and festivals worldwide, to nurturing a symbiotic relationship with leading employers – CAN is a unique presence in both publishing and curatorial circles.
The ‘wide angle’ view of the landscape CAN takes draws an international audience of thoughtful and engaged educators, curators, and cultural producers and it only follows that these practitioners have brought it into their classrooms and educational initiatives.
If you are a teacher or represent an educational institution and are looking for free access to CAN’s archives for yourself and your students, please get in touch with us. We are always looking for new partners.