[Minneapolis] Sept. 6-8, 2012: Shocklee Joins NAMAC 2012 Conference To Discuss Digital Rights & Artist Leadership

The National Alliance for Media Arts + Culture [NAMAC] has invited our own Hank Shocklee to join the 2012 NAMAC National Conference in Minneapolis, September 6-8, 2012.

Shocklee will participate in the Friday plenary session on “Artists As Leaders,” as well as a Saturday morning panel on “Digital Frontiers” exploring digital rights, censorship and other issues of online media and culture.
 
“We’re thrilled to have Hank Shocklee join us for these conversations,” said Senior Policy Strategist Belinda Rawlins. “His work as a pioneering sampling and remix artist, and his commitment to creator’s rights and social justice, are deeply relevant to NAMAC’s constituents in the media and visual arts fields.”
 
As an advocate for creator’s rights, Shocklee says copyright law and digital licensing systems are biased toward “elite,” established artists who can afford the fees required to sample widely from the pop-cultural lexicon. This limits the ability of emerging artists and marginalized communities to participate in the cultural discourse of democracy in the United States.

NAMAC was founded in 1980 by media/arts organizations from different regions that realized that together they represented a stronger social and cultural force than alone. Today, NAMAC stands as the collective expression of the media arts as the common language of democracy.

NAMAC’s 2012 Conference will bring together hundreds of media and visual arts producers, advocates, organizational leaders, innovators and philanthropists for panels, workshops, networking, exhibits, installations, parties and tours — promising an inspiring and informative “deep dive” into the fast-changing issues and opportunities of the media and visual arts fields.

Calling all creative leaders to join us in Minneapolis and join the discussion!
Check out the NAMAC 2012 Conference page for registration and more details.

photo: Enrico Fuente

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