This is a summary of the Amb:IT:ion project’s Digital Content Re:Connected event, which took place here at MDDA on 27 October 2008.
The one-day seminar explored how creating art is changing around us, featuring insights from arts organisations and mavericks that are leading the way in developing new content using the latest technologies.
The event provided an inspirational insight into just some of the possibilities that embracing technology can bring. Around 50 arts professionals from AmbITion organisations and other North West arts organisations attended, receiving a mix of case studies and workshops around the very best in digital content.
We had two case study examples from the arts; Marcus Romer, of Pilot Theatre in York, who talked about their innovative uses of digital technology to co-produce shows such as as their recent “Looking for JJ” – and Vito Rocco, a film maker who was the winner of the Myspace movie mash up for his Brit comedy “Faintheart” – which even did some of its casting online.
Two digital mavericks followed. Hugh Hancock gave a whistlestop tour of the exciting world of Machinima including Moviestorm, an easy-to-use online animation application; and Christian Payne aka Documentally inspired us all with his dynamic use of social media, using mobile phones to make instant web videos.
In the afternoon, there were two parallel sessions – CJ Lyon gave a workshop on mobile usage of social media, introducing us to Swarmtribes and other services, whilst Lets Go Global showed us how to “make a one-minute movie.”
We caught up with Marcus Romer, Vito Rocco, Hugh Hancock and Christian Payne aka Documentally after their presentations – watch these short videos for a flavour of the day.