News, Alpha-ville Festival, Arts, Culture, digital, London, Media, Music — September 13, 2011 15:55 — 0 Comments
Alpha-ville Festival goes beyond digital, we’re talking ‘post’
We are all digital now and have been for a decade or more. Fast broadband,
Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices are our new tools. The digital revolution has changed culture, society (even the most mundane tasks such as filing a tax return or ordering groceries can be done online) and business models (look at Amazon, Apple). All of this means there is a fundamental shift in how we live and communicate.
Postmodernism may be old hat, but are we entering a
Digital is certainly part of everyday life and even for the less switched on, it has become integral. By the end of this decade, for example, the majority of people will own a smartphone, regardless of income.
Through a series of talks, symposiums, exhibitions and shows, festival organisers say they want to look beneath technology, explore how the physical boundaries between reality and online worlds are being blurred and how collaboration, participation and interaction have redefined creative practices.
Tom Uglow, director of Creative Labs at Google says, “The idea that digital is something new and transformative is now quite old. So the question for most creatives is not about going digital – it’s about making it feel less digital, about making participation and interaction feel
“Our aim is to showcase, document and make known the work of creative coders, designers, architects, artists, researchers and professionals who explore the frontiers of technology, art, computing, philosophy, technology and media.
“The festival also provides a platform whereby participants and festival goers can exchange ideas, discover new trends and network at the London event.
As well as the serious stuff, there will be lots of