Presentation by Ahmed Best

A lecture series based on ‘Making a New Reality’

Syndicated from Georgia State University CMII Program

Ahmed Best was a founding member of the acid jazz group, The Jazzhole and starred in the Broadway musical Stomp. He then went on to be the first CGI lead character in a motion picture starring as Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. A graduate of the American Film Institute, Ahmed is an Ovation Award, LACC Award, Stage Raw Award, and an Annie award winner. He’s the Executive Producer of The DL Chronicles (GLAAD award winner for Best Anthology series)…


Presentation by Paisley Smith

A lecture series based on ‘Making a New Reality’

Syndicated from Georgia State University CMII Program

Paisley Smith is a Canadian filmmaker & virtual reality creator from Vancouver, British Columbia. She is the creator of Unceded Territories, an interactive VR film with artist and activist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2019. She also created Homestay, an interactive VR documentary produced by the National Film Board of Canada. Homestay is the recipient of ‘Best XR’ for Change at the Games for Change Festival 2019. She is a 2021 Civic Media Fellow with the Annenberg Innovation Lab at USC. During these times of extraordinary change, she is using her worldbuilding skills to design solutions for deep, meaningful connection and to imagine our Feminist Future. She lives and works in Los Angeles.


Presentation by Yasmin Elayat

A lecture series based on ‘Making a New Reality’

Syndicated from Georgia State University CMII Program

Yasmin Elayat is an Emmy-award winning immersive director whose work pushes the boundaries of immersive narrative and participatory experiences. Yasmin is Co-Founder at Scatter, an immersive entertainment and software company, where she heads content, production and marketing initiatives. Scatter is recognized for pioneering the emerging language of Volumetric Filmmaking through its original volumetric film productions and its AR/VR creativity tools. Scatter’s first product Depthkit is the most widely used toolkit for accessible volumetric video capture. She is the co-creator of 18DaysInEgypt, an interactive documentary about the Egyptian Revolution that was lauded as…


Presentation by Ari Melenciano

A lecture series based on ‘Making a New Reality’

Syndicated from Georgia State University CMII Program

Ari Melenciano is an artist, designer, creative technologist, researcher, and educator who is passionate about exploring the relationships between various forms of design and sentient experiences.

Currently, her research is a synthesis of human-computer interactive technologies, architecture, Afrocentric design practices, counterculture, audiovisuality, biomimicry, experimental pedagogy, and Black radical imagination

Ari is the founder of Afrotectopia, a social institution fostering interdisciplinary innovation at the intersections of art, design, technology, Black culture and activism through collaborative research and practice.

She currently teaches creative technology and design at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU’s Dept. of Digital Photography and Imaging, Pratt Institute’s Communications Design school, and Hunter College’s Integrated Media Arts MFA program.

Link: https://www.ariciano.com/

Link to Afrotectopia: https://www.afrotectopia.org/


Presentation by Sarah Wolozin

A lecture series based on ‘Making a New Reality’

Syndicated from Georgia State University CMII Program

Co-Creation in Emerging Media

Sarah Wolozin is director of the MIT Open Documentary Lab and co-principal investigator of Collective Wisdom, a hybrid field study that sets out to map, define, and shed light on co-creation methods within media. In her prior work as an award-winning media maker, she experimented with storytelling and emerging technology to make information and new technology more accessible and to shed light on alternative and unknown narratives. She is the founder and editorial director of Docubase, co-founder and editor-at-large of Immerse, and co-founder of the Co-Creation Studio. She cocurates a bi-annual conference on topics relevant to documentary and emerging media and is a frequent speaker at festivals and conferences.


Presentation by Amelia Winger-Bearskin

A lecture series based on ‘Making a New Reality’

Syndicated from Georgia State University CMII Program

Amelia Winger-Bearskin is an artist/technologist who empowers people to leverage bleeding edge technology to effect positive change in the world. She works as a Developer Evangelist for Contentful since May 2019, she is a fellow with Mozilla and MIT’s Co-Creation Studio for 2020. In 2019 she was an invited presenter to His Holiness Dalai Lama’s World Headquarters in Dharamsala for the Summit on Fostering Universal Ethics and Compassion. In 2018 she was awarded a McArthur and Sundance Institute fellowship for her 360 video immersive installation in collaboration with the artist Wendy Red…


Presentation by Salome Asega

A lecture series based on ‘Making a New Reality’

Syndicated from Georgia State University CMII Program

Salome Asega is an artist and researcher based in Brooklyn, NY. Salome has participated in residencies and fellowships with Eyebeam, New Museum, The Laundromat Project, and Recess. She has exhibited at the Shanghai Biennale, MoMA, Carnegie Library, August Wilson Center, Knockdown Center, and more. She has also given presentations and lectures at Performa, EYEO, Brooklyn Museum, MIT Media Lab, and more. Salome is currently a Ford Foundation Technology Fellow landscaping new media arts infrastructure. She is also the Director of Partnerships at POWRPLNT, a digital art collaboratory in Brooklyn. Salome received her MFA from Parsons at The New School in Design and Technology where she also teaches.


Presentation by Jessica Clark

A lecture series based on ‘Making a New Reality’

Syndicated from Georgia State University CMII Program

Jessica Clark is the founder and director of Philadelphia-based media strategy, production, and forecasting firm Dot Connector Studio. The company works with makers, funders and academics to research and develop new and inclusive forms of social impact media. Current and recent clients include, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guild of Future Architects, Democracy Fund, the Ford Foundation, Media Impact Funders, the Wikimedia Foundation, the Internet Archive, Knight Foundation, and others. In collaboration with clients and partners, Clark produces inventive publications, newsletters, tools and workshops such as Immerse.news, …


Presentation by Kamal Sinclair

A lecture series based on ‘Making a New Reality.’

Syndicated from Georgia State University CMII Program

Kamal Sinclair is making the world more beautiful as the Executive Director of the Guild of Future Architects; supporting independent artists as a Senior Consultant for Sundance Institute’s Future of Culture Initiative, and making art through a family creative practice at Sinclair Futures. She also serves as an External Advisor to the MacArthur Foundation’s Journalism & Media Program and as a board member of MIT’s Center for Advanced Virtuality. Previously, she served as the Director of Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Labs Program for seven years, which supports artists working at the convergence of film, art, media, and technology.


Conjuring with Octavia E. Butler

By Felami Burgess

Original post June 27, 2020

The state of our future world has become increasingly difficult to imagine.

Enter the year 2020.

In November 2019, a virus began to snake its way around the world, branching from East to West, in a matter of three short months. At present, across the globe, almost 10 million people have been reported to be infected and close to 500,000 people have died as a result of what some say is an “apocalyptic” virus that has been termed simply as COVID-19.

By February, it officially became recognized as a pandemic. By March…

Kamal Sinclair

Kamal Sinclair is Executive Director of Guild of Future Architects, co-author of Making a New Reality, and artist/consultant at Sinclair Futures.

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