Eybeam Art and Technology Center in Chelsea was hit particularly hard by Hurricane Sandy. In this blog post, Eyebeam's Associate Director, Roddy Shrock, reflects on what the Superstorm taught this innovative, new media space about the delicacies of balancing visions of the future, with efforts to preserve the past.
Storytelling is at the forefront of every stage of content creation and it is the theme of my second NAMAC blog 'travelogue'. Here I begin exactly one day after the SIEGE 2010 Expo concluded when the FutureMedia Fest kicks off at Georgia Tech. I offer my personal experience with computer-based media as a backstory.
My NAMAC 'travelogue' series begins with my love of scavenger hunts, you know, those games in which the participants must gather, or perform tasks or take photographs of specific items. The aim of the scavenger hunt is usually to be the first to complete the game, or complete it in the most creative manner. With the advent and growth of the web and other emerging technologies scavenger hunts have been revived and are evolving with the help of new media forms such as augmented reality gaming which I will explain later in this post.
Three years have passed since NAMAC published Deep Focus: A Report on the Future of Independent Media, and every day the media landscape looks more like the one it predicted.
It's coming, it's here. The digitization of our media world. Sorting through the techno-booster hype to neo-luddite hand-wringing is like dealing with earthquake preparedness here in the Bay Area. We're told that the Next Big One will strike within the next thirty years, but we can't know when or how close to home. Clearly inevitable, but hard to think about coherently on a daily basis. There is a certain amount of denial at work too, but we try to prepare the best we can, both practically and intuitively. The digitization of our media world is similar.