ITP- A breath of fresh air.

ITP is a course from NYU that stands for Interactive Tellecomunications Program. The program is a combination of art/design/technology/media, or in their own words:

"ITP is a two-year graduate program located in the Tisch School of the Arts whose mission is to explore the imaginative use of communications technologies — how they might augment, improve, and bring delight and art into people’s lives. Perhaps the best way to describe us is as a Center for the Recently Possible. "

Every spring ITP organanizes a "spring show" that gives each student the opportunity to present their work to the public. It is really an amazing experience, for some it is one of the things that defines the NY Tech scene, and shapes its future.

I was there last night for their 2008 Spring Show and although I felt that the '07 show was a bit better, once again it was a breath of fresh air to see all these young (ok some of them not so young), creative people sharing their best stuff with the rest of the world.

There were some very interesting concept this year and it was also interesting to see some major trends reflected in the creative work of the students (for example some of the new concepts were addressing energy preservation issues)

Once again there were a lot of crazy visualizations, a lot of storytelling, some new mobile concepts and other interesting ideas cutting between art, science and business.

As I was heading home last night I was thinking if ITP creates the future of the New York Tech Scene as some people tend to think, or if it just interacts with its present. Then, I realized that maybe there is no difference between the two, after all the future is fueled by the present.
Eitherway, ITP adds to the culture and the creativity of NY, by educating and leveraging some of the city's most creative minds.