Summit 2020

How do we facilitate structural changes to the disciplines of Arts and Technology to be more equitable, collaborative, and open in the 21st century?

Forgoing our typical symposium format for 2020, the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology is recommitting to foster change by hosting a summit. From February 6-8, 2020, we will invite leaders and collaborators for a two-day dialogue with the goals of creating a more equitable and inclusive field and sustainable partnerships across institutions.

Our theme of (Re)Generation speaks to the polyvalence of the interdisciplinary work of arts and technology. Generation evokes productivity and co-creation, as well as the rapidity of shifts in and updates to technology, scholarship, and artistry. Re- as a prefix is both to call back and move forward, the compulsion for agility and reflexivity in the field. (Re)Generation exists as memory and fantasy, as celebration and critique.

Our hope is to strengthen our field for the future through:

  • Increasing collaboration and communication across organizations and institutions, regionally and internationally
  • Engendering a more inclusive and equitable field that cultivates, mentors, and advocates for all identities and backgrounds through pedagogy, practice, and research
  • Improving the professional pipeline and advancement of disproportionately represented groups, particularly with regard to race, gender, and class
  • Sharing best practices for the creation, curation, and sharing of work in arts and technology
  • Reenvisioning the format and content of arts and technology gatherings such as the Symposium

In this spirit, our upcoming biennial event includes a one-day forum on November 1, 2019, which leads to the two-day Summit February 6-8, 2020. The forum will consist of a featured presentation by Dr. Sasha Costanza-Chock, Associate Professor of Civic Media at the Comparative Media Studies program, MIT (see bio below), as well as lunch and a workshop on research and teaching. This catalyzes the two-day Summit of presentations, discussions, and breakout sessions in February.

These events will help shape and improve our work in the discipline, and will make way for new modes of working, teaching, collaborating—(re)generating.

About our featured speaker for November 1

Sasha Costanza-Chock (pronouns: they/them or she/her) is a scholar, activist, and media-maker, and currently Associate Professor of Civic Media at MIT. They are a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, Faculty Affiliate with the MIT Open Documentary Lab and the MIT Center for Civic Media, and creator of the MIT Codesign Studio. Their work focuses on social movements, transformative media organizing, and design justice. Sasha’s first book, Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets: Transmedia Organizing and the Immigrant Rights Movement was published by the MIT Press in 2014. They are a board member of Allied Media Projects (AMP); AMP convenes the annual Allied Media Conference and cultivates media strategies for a more just, creative and collaborative world.