Artists Reveal Process, Purpose and Passion in TED Talks

Technology, Entertainment, and Design combine in Artists’ Presentations

Technology Entertainment, Design talks include energetic presentations about “ideas worth spreading.” As I recently discovered, you can view videos of these talks online and access related information about the speakers. The ones I’ve viewed so far are each less than twenty minutes; they skillfully use the powers of technology, entertainment and design to add impact to their focus points.

Each talk I list below relates to an artist central to one of my Art Outdoors posts, so I have given titles and links for those posts. Now that I am aware of the TED resources, I will include relevant links to TED in future posts. Also I will start a page of TED Talk links related to Art Outdoors and plan for ongoing updates. I invite you all to suggest TED talks that seem relevant in some way to Art Outdoors.

Janet Echelman: Taking imagination seriously   filmed March 2011 at TED2011

“Janet Echelman found her true voice as an artist when her paints went missing — which forced her to look to an unorthodox new art material. Now she makes billowing, flowing, building-sized sculpture with a surprisingly geeky edge. A transporting 10 minutes of pure creativity.” – quote from TED site

Along with winning photos from the Greenway/Studio Echelman photo contest, this TED Talk played on a film loop shown during the after-dark closing celebration of Echelman’s aerial sculpture over the Greenway on October 20 2015.


JR: My wish: Use art to turn the world inside out     Filmed March 2011 at TED2011

“JR, a semi-anonymous French street artist, uses his camera to show the world its true face, by pasting photos of the human face across massive canvases. At TED2011, he makes his audacious TED Prize wish: to use art to turn the world inside out. Learn more about his work and learn how you can join in at”– quote  from TED site

Surprising Spots for Big Photos in Boston’s Back Bay posted October 2015

Theo Jansen: My creations, a new form of life    Filmed March 2007 at TED2007   

“Artist Theo Jansen demonstrates the amazingly lifelike kinetic sculptures he builds from plastic tubes and lemonade bottles. His creatures are designed to move — and even survive — on their own.”– quote  from TED site


One comment

  1. Seddon Wylde · · Reply

    What a great idea to bring Ted Talks on the subject to your site. Thanks.SW

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: