ArtsJournal.com has just kicked off a series of conversational blog posts about the nature of art and creativity in a hi-tech, networked world. Future of Music Coalition is known to ponder this topic from time to time (OK, more like every day), so we’re delighted to have been invited to participate.
Technology has impacted pretty much every aspect of our daily lives, and this is no different for creators. Yet there are some important questions about how artists (including musicians) interact not only technology itself, but also decisionmakers who shape its evolution. ArtsJournal has a fantastic reputation for fostering discussion on a wide variety of issues, and this looks to be amazing.
Here’s the basic framework:
Arts and culture are a cornerstone of American society. But arts and culture workers are often left out of important policy conversations concerning technology and creative rights even though the outcomes will have a profound impact on our world. Is it benign neglect? Or did we miss an essential call to action and engagement? With a new administration moving full speed ahead on technology and copyright issues, do artists even know what the priorities are? Can they recognize opportunities to make a case for what their work needs to thrive, and how it impacts society? Join us as we examine what exactly does it take to bring arts and culture to the table, and how our field can become more proactive to carve out a more powerful place for the arts in 21st century America.
It’s not gonna be some insider wonk-fest, but it might get feisty. ArtsJournal editor Douglas McLennan says that he envisions the online conversations as “super-smart dinner party where there are multiple discussions going on and arguments break out.” Maybe a virtual food fight, even?
One thing’s for sure: there’s plenty of brain power among the 22(!!!) contributors. Head here to see the full list with bios.