The core idea is to build up the regional art and
technology community and to get people connected with each other. One
example that was discussed was the recent creation of Art Technology
Boston, a Greater Boston consortium of small nonprofits in art and
technology. ATBoston mission is to
create an interdisciplinary network in real and virtual space; trade and
share resources; provide collaborative support; and establish a regional
identity to increase visibility and strengthen outreach and advocacy
Three big ideas were:
Create and online registry of existing resources
Start a web-based registry of all existing non-profit and for profit
organizations in New Media in New England with a link to everyone's
web site. See directory idea in Creating
Build an online community
Conceptually stitch us together through a regional consortium. It
would include a calendar of new media events, a list serve to bounce
ideas around. Essentially it would be a New England based Rhizome like
magazine with some sections open to all who wanted to post.
Create an equipment registry
A registry of available equipment that would facilitate equipment
sharing. This must benefit both borrowers and lenders to be self
sustaining. A contract would be necessary and the service would be
member based. Another part of this might be organizing a buyers group
to get better rates on hardware, software and video equipment.
Organizations could combine and share mailing lists.
Creation of an AT New England, write a mission
statement for a regional art & technology consortium.
Have quarterly mixers.
Present lectures and workshops on New Media. Have
larger arts organizations like the Museum of Fine Arts or the
Institute for Contemporary Art host seminars that this group puts
Promote new media as emerging discipline to funding
institutions like Massachusetts Cultural Council etc. Encourage new
media grants and awards.
Plant articles about art and technology in high
technology company newsletters.
Create forums and presentations specific to area
business and political leaders.
Propose presentations at business conferences that
area leaders already attend.
Take part in technology trade shows.
Work with local cable access to get artists and art
pieces onto TV.