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The Ingenuity Track

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The Ingenuity Track

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NAMAC's Ingenuity track appeared in high relief against the conference's theme of lending fresh meanings of freedom, creativity, and risk to the media arts. This might be expected, since these values usually appear within the domain of emerging media. Yet, because new media often take freedom and risk as givens, the initial spirit of adventure may become worn. Mindful of not taking risk for granted, the Ingenuity track presentations had the double duty of presenting fresh ideas and approaches in new media while sparking clever innovation within strongly held aesthetic convictions and social commitments. After all, what is risk if there is little or nothing of substance to gain or lose?

As it turned out, the track was rewarding as it rode the twists and turns of innovation and commitment while defining meaningful practices of new media art. The track chairs, Sarah Drury and Caroline E. Savage, brought together nearly thirty individuals for six panels during the conference. There were well-conceived thematic genres animated by a broad representation of practitioners serving as panelists and moderators. …

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