When State & Main began last week, the big news on the policy front was President Obama's August 5th announcement at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in Washington that he opposed what's come to be called "paid prioritization"—the idea that media companies should be able to pay ISPs for more bandwidth, and thus provide their customers with Internet "fast lanes" offering better access to their services.
Q+A is five questions posed to artists and media arts leaders.
Dennis RedMoon Darkeem is a Bronx-based Native American (Yamassee Yat’siminoli tribe) and African American multimedia artist, crafter, photographer, and performer. His work often focuses on issues of institutionalized racism and classism, jarring stereotypes, and displacement of people of color. This summer, he has been an artist-in-residence at the Laundromat Project; his exhibition Trade Blanket is showing at the Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education in the Bronx through October 1st.
NAMAC is pleased to announce Wendy Levy as our new Executive Director, effective September 1, 2014. Wendy is a respected leader in the media arts field in the US and abroad, known for interdisciplinary programs that focus on collaboration, innovation and impact. She works closely with global institutions and foundations including Sundance, Skoll Foundation, Tribeca Institute and Open Society Foundation, among many others. While Creative Director at BAVC, Wendy developed and led the MacArthur Foundation-funded Producers Institute for New Media Technologies, the first multi-platform incubator for public media projects in the US.
Wendy replaces Jack Walsh, who served the organization for eleven years, 4 as Executive Director, 7 as Co-Director.