Is this the digital future we imagined?

Live Context: Art + Ideas explored the intersection of technology and live performance in a series of talks, panels, and conversation with visionaries of the modern era. Two world premiere performances of The Demo, Mikel Rouse's reimagining of Douglas Engelbart's groundbreaking 1968 tech demo, took place on April 1 and 2.

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Past Live Context Events: The Demo

Public Talk | Enhancing Humanity with Technology
Thurs, March 12, 5:00pm
Green Library, Bender Room

Professor James Landay of Stanford's Human-Computer Interaction group discussed historical pursuits in "augmenting the human intellect." 

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Performance | The Demo
Wed, April 1, 7:30pm
Bing Concert Hall

The Demo is a multimedia extravaganza based on Douglas Engelbart’s historic 1968 demonstration of early computer technology. 

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Conversation | A Conversation about our Digital Future with Jaron Lanier and Sebastian Thrun
Thurs, April 2, 5:00pm
Bing Concert Hall

Groundbreaking technologists and influential public thinkers Jaron Lanier and Sebastian Thrun reflected on Douglas Engelbart's pursuit of human augmentation, addressing the question: what direction is our digital future going to take? 

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Performance | The Demo
Thurs, April 2, 7:30pm
Bing Concert Hall

The Demo is a multimedia extravaganza based on Douglas Engelbart’s historic 1968 demonstration of early computer technology. 

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Panel | Augmenting Performance: A Panel on Digital Technology and Creative Practice
Fri, April 3, 12:00pm
Bing Concert Hall Studio

A panel of contemporary artists and esteemed thinkers addressed how technology is transforming the way we conceive and make live art. How does human creativity interact with changing technology? What new challenges and possibilities does live performance face in the digital age? 

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Other Resources & Projects

Stanford University Resources

Stanford library site on the Engelbart Collection


Other Resources

WEBSITE: Douglas Engelbart Institute
WEBSITE: Computer History Museum


Suggested Reading

What the Dormouse Said by John Markoff
From Counterculture to Cyberculture by Fred Turner
Bootstrapping: Douglas Engelbart, Coevolution, and the Origins of Personal Computing by Thierry Bardini
The Innovators by Walter Isaacson