Fostering A Community of Innovation at the Intersection of Art and Technology in the Pacific Northwest

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  • Communities: Culture and Art in the Field

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  • Fostering A Community of Innovation at the Intersection of Art and Technology in the Pacific Northwest

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  • (Long paper)

    Keywords: Community development, community of practice, art and technology, new media art, focus group, interdisciplinary collaboration

    The Pacific Northwest is a top region for innovators at the intersection of art and technology. This density of technology creatives – artists, programmers, technologists, designers, entrepreneurs – combined with the Pacific Northwest’s uniquely community-oriented zeitgeist has had a meaningful impact on the local arts community, creating fertile ground for genres of interdisciplinary, technology-mediated art. In order to help foster this growing community of artists/technologists in pushing the bounds of what is possible in their work, we organized a workshop bringing together key stakeholders in the region. The workshop was structured as a focus group including a brief questionnaire to generate feedback for how to best support this community. The unique concerns and collective agenda of this interdisciplinary group are discussed as they would apply to broader contexts.

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