Digital Cultures Conference 2018
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24th and 25th September 2018 will see the second edition of the international Digital Cultures conference in Warsaw. The conference will address digital culture in a global context. It will be an opportunity to explore the most interesting projects out there today, as well as establish contacts with experts in the field and representatives of key institutions from around the globe.
One can wonder whether it makes sense to talk about digital culture in the year 2018, when it is nothing new – it surrounds us, it is a staple of everyday life. New media is no longer new. We are at a point where virtual reality is already fifty years old, theatre directors have long been experimenting with technology, filmmakers keep updating their equipment, and game developers have been testing the limits of interactivity, even before it crossed over to other mediums. It seems as though new technology is creating a new artistic language. This new ‘vocabulary’ is created when the old, established one just doesn’t sufice anymore. It forces artists to explore and find new meanings. Often these searches are intuitive – provoking experimentation and testing boundaries.
This year’s Digital Culture conference will take a closer look at these new languages through the prism of new projects in the field and new creative strategies. Some may still seem unconventional and unintuitive, but at the same time intriguing and encouraging further exploration.
Renowned experts and digital artists from around the globe were invited to take part in the second edition of the conference. While in Poland, they will explore the relationships between sound virtual reality, theatre and computer games. Participants will include: radio producers such as Eleanor McDowall from Radio Atlas, the award-winning showcase for English-subtitled audio from around the world, and Cathy Fitzgerald of White Stiletto Productions; theatre director David Gochfeld from New York University; and game designers Tale of Tales and Yoan Fanise. Moreover, digital archives will be made available thanks to projects such as Homo Machina by the Daarjening studio and the Spectre (Upiór), created for the Adam Mickiewicz Institute based on digitised collections of Polish libraries.
Digital Cultures Conference in Warsaw
This year, Digital Cultures and Radio Atlas, have announced an open call for short narrative non-fiction pieces. The winning entry will be turned into a Radio Atlas piece by the award-winning producer Eleanor McDowall and will be available on its website. The winner will be invited to take part in the conference in Warsaw, where they will receive an award and their piece will premiere.
The conference aims to present the most interesting changes in Polish digital culture in recent years and to create a platform to facilitate international networking and share experiences and knowledge. Apart from panel discussions, the programme includes workshops, thematic stands with experts, artistic actions and film screenings. The conference will contribute to building relations between Polish and foreign institutions and creators. It will also help bring Polish digital culture into the global exchange, both at the level of content (productions, art projects, curatorial initiatives) and at the discursive level of participation in international debates and recognition from creators and institutions abroad.
The conference is conceived and organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, under its flagship brand Culture.pl.
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Organiser: Adam Mickiewicz Institute
- British Council
- Instytut Francuski
- Kino Iluzjon
- Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe
- Fundacja Pełne Zanurzenie
- Platige Image
Digital Cultures is organised in partnership with Outriders – ograniser of Outriders Summit, an international conference made by journalists for journalists. The event, which takes place on 26th September in Warsaw, pays tribute to modern storytellers and the stories they tell: the agenda focuses on tools and methods as well as stories that participants are currently working on. The theme of this year's edition is 'Story, first'.
Find out more: www.digitalcultures.pl/en