The Collaborative Art + Technology Situation (CATS+) is a new residency and community program at The Museum of Human Achievement in Austin, TX that encourages thoughtful, critical, creative engagement with technology. The CATS+ Residency Program pairs artists and tech wizards to collaborate on new projects and share their process. We host collaborations, artist-led workshops, hangouts, and a wiki to remove the mystery from tech and make magic together.

CATS+ creates access for underrepresented and under-resourced artists to critically incorporate technology and digital media into their practices through one-on-one collaborative mentorship, tool access, skill-building workshops, and community. It offers technologists the opportunity to share knowledge, explore artistic frameworks, and build meaningful connections in the creative community.



08/27 - Professional Practice Planning: Finding the 5E model in your art practice with Ariel René Jackson + Alex Goss

Artists and educators will learn about the science-oriented inquiry-focused method and apply it to their art process. Anti-disciplinary film-based artist, Ariel René Jackson, and sculpture, moving-image, and installation artist, Alex Goss, will highlight how the 5E model has occurred in their prior collaboration, Inside Out, to their current CATS+ Residency project, Onward. Attendees will be encouraged to review and discuss their own practice in relation to the 5E model.

You might want to bring a notebook and pen, laptop, or whatever tools you like to use for notes and sketches. We'll have paper and pens available.

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09/10 - Memes & Machines with Celine Lassus + Mark Yoder

AI. Memes. HTML. Buffoonery. Come goof around at this workshop where artists Celine Lassus and Mark Yoder will walk you through the process of using AI art generators to create memes and word soup. Then using these elements to introduce the basics of creating a website and destroying it on purpose.

Please bring a laptop, if you have one. If you need to borrow one, we'll have some available.

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CATS+ Summer Session Exhibition - 8/24 7-10pm, 9/1 1-4pm, and by appointment.

The culminating exhibition of our first round of residents. Featuring work by Andie Flores + Sam Lavigne, Ariel René Jackson + Alex Goss, and Celine Lassus + Mark Yoder.

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8/20 - Making Something Real that Seems Fake: The APD Decruiting Information Session and Telethon with Andie Flores and Sam Lavigne.

In this workshop, artists Andie Flores and Sam Lavigne will discuss the process behind their recent work "The APD Decruiting Initiative", a multimedia public service campaign that aims to prevent potential recruits from becoming cops, and to convince existing officers to quit their jobs. After the talk, the artists will lead participants in a telethon to support the project's reward card program and make bumper stickers for the campaign.