RML +dialog: Hybrid Models

This Thursday is the next edition of the Recombinant Media Labs +dialog symposia series, presented at the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts. This month we will be exploring sustainable models of cultural production within organizations and festivals, and will be joined by several leading voices in entities known for their artistic incubation.

Alain Mongeau of MUTEK, Marian Goodell of Burning Man, Naut Humon of Recombinant Media Labs, and Mathias Holzmann of Palomar5 will be lead in discussion by Mathew Dryhurst. As we enter into both a new economy and a new technological reality with the means of production distributed to a wide audience, focus and foundation of arts organizations must change to properly catalyze and nurture artistic works and communities. We’ll be discussing ways that some of these organizations have already managed to be agile enough to survive in this complex environment.

When: Thursday, April 15th 2010 at 7:00pm
Where: Gray Area Foundation For the Arts, 55 Taylor St. San Francisco
Recommended $5-10 donation, however no-one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Seating is limited, and on a first come first serve basis.

Recombinant Media Labs is proud to present the third installment of its monthly +dialog symposium series.

In the aftermath of the economic meltdown, arts and innovation play a pivotal role in reinterpreting and revolutionizing the spaces where we live, work and play. Whether it be in re-branding business practice or empowering community development, creative thought is an indispensable ingredient to reclaiming and recoding our collective futures.

This discussion will focus on new and sustainable models for creative economies, and the importance of nurturing creative impulse to developing new models, new tools and new behaviors. What are the challenges we will face in this new dawn of creative enterprise? What roles can we play as individuals and communities to support these efforts?

Invited to this discussion is Alain Mongeau, founder and Artistic Director of Montreal’s MUTEK festival. MUTEK is a non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination and development of digital creativity in sound, music, and audio-visual art. For 11 years, Mutek has worked to challenge and redefine notions of our communities and greater culture, paving the way for numerous artists, festivals, labels, and other relevant support nodes. Earlier this month, MUTEK was the proud recipient of the distinguished Grand Prix du Conseil des Arts de Montréal, the highest honor bestowed on an arts organization in Montreal.

He will be joined in conversation by:

Marian Goodell, Director of Business and Communications for Burning Man. Amongst other accomplishments, Goodell worked with Burning Man participants in 1997 to create a Regional Network supporting their local communities, inspiring civic participation, and engaging people through Burning Man’s ethics and values. As of 2009, the Regional Network includes over 160 individuals in 125 locations worldwide.

Naut Humon, founder of Recombinant Media Labs, former Director of A&R at Asphodel Records and AV curator for select portions of the annual ARS Electronica Festival in Austria where he also helped coordinate their Digital Musics category for ten years.

Mathias Holzmann, resident artist at Gray Area Foundation For the Arts and founder of Berlin’s nomadic Palomar5, a non profit initiative that explores new spaces for innovation and new formats for people to cooperate and make real change.

The panel will be moderated by Mathew Dryhurst (Recombinant Media Labs).

The event will take place at 7:00pm on Thursday, April 15th 2010 at Gray Area Foundation For the Arts, 55 Taylor St. San Francisco. Recommended $5-10 donation, however no-one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Press inquiries, general questions and suggestions are welcome at mat [åt] rml-sf [dot] org

7:00 – 7:30pm reception
7:30 – 8:30pm panel discussion
8:30 – 9:00pm Open Q & A
9:00 – 10:00pm Networking and drinks