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Virtual | Discovering Digital – Immersive Technology & Art with Laura Hertzfeld & Nancy Baker Cahill

May 18, 2021 @ 6:00 pm

Digital art projected on a large wall outside
6pm ET | 5pm CT | 3pm PT

Discovering Digital is a new programming series developed by ArtTable’s New York Chapter Programs Committee. Each discussion will explore different aspects of new media initiatives in the art world. These virtual conversations are led by experts in the field and appeal to all who are interested in digital media.

As COVID-19 has created a higher demand for art that can be experienced in the public space, immersive technologies like augmented reality and virtual reality have become synonymous with what’s marketable and accessible in our current pandemic world. Artist Nancy Baker Cahill and journalist/producer Laura Hertzfeld will discuss immersive art, the creative process, and the possibilities and perils of the brave new world of NFTs – as well as provide insight on how to get started in the digital art world.


  • Non-Members – $10
  • ArtTable Members – $5
  • ArtTable Circle Members – Free
  • Members may bring an additional guest for $5

How to take part:

  1. Click here to Register for this program.
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Accessibility: Please note that this program will offer live closed captioning. If you require additional accommodations, please email

About Nancy Baker Cahill

Headshot of Nancy Baker Cahill, a white woman wearing dark rimmed glasses and a black tank top

Nancy Baker Cahill is a new media artist who examines power, selfhood, and embodied consciousness through drawing and shared immersive space. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of 4th Wall, a free Augmented Reality (AR) art platform exploring resistance and inclusive creative expression. Her recent AR public art project, Liberty Bell, commissioned by Art Production Fund, earned features in the New York Times, frieze Magazine, Artnet, Smithsonian Magazine and the Washington Post, among many other publications. The project, on view through 2021, spans six historic and culturally significant sites along the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. and appeared in Artnews’ list, The Defining Public Artworks of 2020. Baker Cahill was also included in ARTnews’ list of 2021 Deciders.

Her 2018 TED talk, Augmented Reality (AR) as an Artist’s Tool for Equity and Access, launched her international public speaking practice. She has since delivered keynotes at the 2019 Games For Change, 2020 A.W.E. (Augmented World Expo) and has spoken at the Hirshhorn Museum and numerous academic institutions and conferences. Baker Cahill is an artist scholar in the Berggruen Institute’s inaugural Transformations of the Human Fellowship, and will begin a residency focused on AR monuments at Oxy Arts this summer. She is the Art and Creative Technologies Advisor for the XRSI Safety Initiative, and is a member of the Guild of Future Architects. In May 2021, she will receive the Williams College Bicentennial Medal of Honor.

About Laura Hertzfeld

Laura Hertzfeld - white woman with dark brown hair, red shit, and black blazerLaura Hertzfeld is an Emmy-winning producer, writer, and editor with over a decade of experience helping news organizations develop online content, engagement and distribution strategies. She leads the XR Partner Program at Yahoo Ryot Labs, building AR and VR projects for Verizon Media’s news partners. Laura was a 2018-2019 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University where she researched the intersection of art, immersive storytelling, and journalism. She previously led Journalism 360, an immersive storytelling initiative from Google News Lab, Knight Foundation, and ONA. She has held leadership roles at Entertainment Weekly, Ora TV, and and was an editor on the original Yahoo News team.


This program is generously supported by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. The Pollock-Krasner Foundation has been a leader in providing grants enabling emerging and established artists to focus on their work. Funding helps artists to create new work, acquire art supplies, rent studio space, and prepare exhibitions. The Foundation also provides grants to organizations that directly engage with artists, such as artist residency programs. Please visit for more information.

Thank you to Regan Lynne Larroque, ArtTable’s New York Chapter Programming Committee Co-Chair, for organizing this program.


  1. Hollow Point 101, LUMINEX: Dialogues of Light, Courtesy of Nancy Baker Cahill
  2. Nancy Baker Cahill, courtesy of the speaker
  3. Laura Hertzfeld, courtesy of the speaker


May 18, 2021
6:00 pm
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