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This category represents the biggest of the big ideas. There exists throughout the world a number of art and technology institutions that have become world famous for the research and exhibition opportunities that they provide. The three most successful are the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM) in Karlsruhe Germany, the NTT InterCommunication Center (ICC) in Tokyo and the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria. As yet there is no comparable institution in the United States. A couple have been proposed; the Eyebeam Atelier, which occupies a Chelsea NYC office and has proposed a large Diller + Scofidio designed building, and ZeroOne in Silicon Valley. Both have been held up by economic conditions. Another model is the Montreal-based Daniel Langlois Foundation that funds new media projects around the world.
The idea that New England should be the site of the major independent non-profit tech-based art organization in the United States is in keeping with its history. The fifty-year history of art and technology here includes such major projects as WGBH's New Television Workshop, the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) and the Media Lab, both at MIT and numerous artist technology collaborations though out the high technology. The recently published "Arts Lab" Report by Leonardo/ISAST identifies numerous models for an institution like this and discusses issues of sustainability.
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