How do we best cultivate a community of practice around hybrid and fluid creative practices?

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Creative production and expression is evolving in exciting and unexpected ways. Technological and social changes require greater public engagement in the massive shifts underway and their cultural implications for everyone. Centering work on the public will require new ways of organizing, governing and communicating. ukai Projects hosted a broad-ranging panel at Maker Faire New York in 2017 to better understand the current system, to hear from contemporaries addressing similar challenges, and to imagine a strategy to evolve structures to accommodate an increasingly fluid and hybridized field. Creators are increasingly fluid in their approaches to production and expression.

How do we best cultivate a community of practice around these hybrid forms?

The panel viewed ways-of-organizing as a technology and discussed potential ways of hacking the routines that dictate how we get things done.

JENNIFER EDWARDS

Jennifer Edwards is a strategist and sought after speaker, facilitator, instruction designer, and educator who works primarily with creative ventures, artists, incubators, and institutions. She is also an award-winning spoken word artist and choreographer, skills that inform all of her work. Clients include The New Museum / NEW INC, New York University and The Georgia Institute of Technology.

MARK POLLARD

Mark has been in the agency world since he was nineteen. Initially focused on user experience, content, and production, he moved into a hybrid brand and digital role at Leo Burnett Sydney ten years ago. Ever since, he has focused on bringing together ways of thinking that are often found in separate departments but are much stronger combined. He recently set up Mighty Jungle in New York.

CAROL GIMBEL

Carol Gimbel is an experimental traditionalist, radically redefining classical music performance by creating a new style of extended concert experience entitled “installation concerts”. From multi-room, multimedia events to spectacular 400,000 sq. ft site transformations, Gimbel takes audiences on thought-provoking journeys that invoke new perspectives on art, music and the world around us.

REMCO VOLMER

Remco Volmer has a varied background in new media arts providing him with detailed understanding of technologically mediated production and presentation practices. A graduate of Utrecht University of Art’s Creative Media program, Volmer has a strong interest in innovation in the arts and currently directs Artengine, a lab for emerging practices in Canada's capital.

Jerrold McGrath