Astra Taylor | The Future of Creativity
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
800 Robson St
Vancouver, British Columbia
The Artists’ Legal Outreach and Books on the Radio present:The Future of Creativity: Ideas for the Digital Age. A Conversation with author Astra Taylor, The People’s PlatformAstra Taylor, The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age, drawing from her recent work on the nature of the digital economy and its impact on creators and creative industries.
The talk will be followed by a panel with new media thinkers and new digital platforms: Brett Gaylor, filmmaker, Amber Frid Jimenez, ECUAD, BitLit.com, Maggie Vail from cashmusic.org,Cinecoup and others tba.
Doors: 6:00 PM
Talk: 6:30 PM
Astra Taylor is a Canadian born writer, documentary filmmaker, and activist.
Her films include Zizek!, a feature documentary about the world’s most outrageous philosopher, and Examined Life, a series of excursions with contemporary thinkers including Slavoj Zizek, Judith Butler, Cornel West, Peter Singer, and others. Both movies premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Taylor’s writing has appeared in The Nation, the London Review of Books, n+1, The Baffler, and other publications.
She is the editor of Examined Life, a companion volume to the film, and coeditor of Occupy!: Scenes from Occupied America. She also helped launch the Occupy offshoot Strike Debt and its Rolling Jubilee campaign. Most recently, she is the author of the book The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age.
Maggie Vail, Cashmusic.org
Maggie worked at the indie label Kill Rock Stars for over 17 years. I was the first full time employee and eventually became VP before leaving in 2011. I had a front row seat to the industry changes when the web exploded and held nearly every job at the label. Throughout most of that time period I was also a touring artist.
I joined the board of CASH in 2009 and moved off in 2011 to become one of the executive directors, Jesse and I share the role. I also run the record label for the band Bikini Kill. They got their rights back to their catalog and we are in the process of reissuing them. I still play music, mostly for fun these days. I DJ regularly both in clubs and I have a weekly radio show with two other women.
Amber Frid-Jimenez is an award-winning artist whose recent work explores the role of design and technology in contemporary society. Her research-based artwork traverses various disciplines to investigate the aesthetics and cultural mechanics of the network through experimental platforms and visual installations. Recent projects include Data Is Political: On Contemporary Art, Design and the Politics of Information, which explores the aesthetic and political dimensions of information and its relation to power and the production of knowledge. She is Canada Research Chair in art and design technology, and an associate professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
Brett Gaylor is the Senior Director of Mozilla Webmaker initiative, a global effort to help consumers of the web become creators of the web. Before working with Mozilla, Brett directed the award wining documentary Rip! A Remix Manifesto, created Open Source Cinema.org, helped found homelessnation.org, and was a key creative at the Montreal-based production house EyeSteelFilm. Brett lives on an island with his family.
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