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2013 Schedule + Speakers

Fast Forward: 2013, iDMAa’s Eleventh National Conference, will be held November 6-8, 2013.  This three-day conference will include keynote academic and industry speakers, lively Pechakucha presentations, a juried art exhibition for faculty and student work highlighting creative research in interactive media and digital arts, plus topical discussions focused on the future of digital media in industry and evolving pedagogies in academia.  Click on the tabs below to get the daily conference agendas.

Conference Schedule

  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Schedule:

    • 10:00 AMConference Registration Opens

      Seven Degrees Conference Center, 891 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

      Phone:  949-376-1555, Ext 106

      Lunch:  On Your Own in Laguna Beach

    • 2:00 PMOpening Remarks

      Joseph Olin

      Executive Director / iDMAa

    • 2:10 PMLCAD Welcome

      Jonathan Burke

      President, Laguna College of Art & Design

    • 2:30 PM“Monsters, Muppets, Movies & More”

      John Stevenson


    • 3:30 PM"Transmedia None of Your Business!"

      David Bergantino

      Writer, Producer, Game-Maker

    • 4:15 PMBreak

    • 4:45 PMPapers and Special Topics

      Brigid Maher

      Moderator / American University

      Understanding Digital Affection Games as Cultural Lens
      Lindsay Grace / American University
      Deleuze Ex Machina: Choice, Chance and Game Narratives
      John Reid Perkins-Buzo / Digital Worlds Institute, University of Florida
      Mechanics & Outcomes: Factors for communicating humanitarian messages with games
      Lien Tran / University of Miami
      Blowing Blues: Coping with Negative Emotions through Breath Control
      Xuan Li / University of Southern California

    • 6:00 PMiDEAs Art Gallery Opening

      Reception with wine and lite bites at LCAD Gallery
      (Location TBD)

    • 8:00 PMDutch-Dinners at Laguna Beach Restaurants

      Sign-up for this activity when you register.

  • Schedule:

    • 9:15 AMConference Housekeeping Announcements

    • 9:30 AMKeynote: The Arts Lab at University of New Mexico

      Tim B. Castillo

      Director ARTS Digital Media Lab [art, research, technology + science]
      and Associate Professor School of Architecture + Planning Interdisciplinary Film + Digital Media University of New Mexico

      Introduction by Kurt Kratchman

    • 10:15 AMSpecial Topics Session: “The Intellectual Economy – Bridging the Gap Between Social & Commercial Paths”

      Susana Ortiz

      Director / Ruta-N Agency & ViveLab, Medellin, Colombia

    • 11:00 AMBreak

    • 11:30 AMPapers and Special Topics

      Brigid Maher

      Moderator / American University

      Topic: Social Media and Activism

      Feedforward Loops: How Facebook Can (and Should) Change Media.
      Scott Schamp / University of Georgia
      Artistic Imagery and Post-Digital Body as New Aesthetic of Activism
      Maria Fedorova / Simon Fraser University
      From Filmmaker to Transmedia Storyteller: A Case Study of Evolving Roles
      Kari Barber / University of Nevada, Reno
      The Primacy of Place in Media Education: Digital Humanities and Community Development
      Chris Flook, Instructor of Telecommunications and Kelli Huth, Director of the Building Better Communities Fellows program / Ball State University

      Topic: Interactivity and Design

      Brand as API
      Peg Faimon, Professor and Chair, Department of Art; Glenn Platt, Professor and Director, Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies / Miami University
      Motion Media and Architectural Thresholds
      John Colette / Savannah College of Art and Design
      IQUEST: Designing a web-based decision support system to improve water management in a developing urban city
      Clay Ewing, Assistant Professor; Lien Tran, Assistant Professor; and Justin Stoler, Assistant Professor / University of Miami

    • 12:30 PMLunch: Korsakow Workshop or On Your Own in Laguna Beach

      Matt Soar

      Associate Professor & BA Program Director at Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University

      Workshop to be held at Seven Degrees Conference Center – Bring your own laptop.  The Korsakow System is an opensource software application for easily creating database-driven interactive narratives. Matt Soar, Associate Professor & BA Program Director at Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University, will lead this exciting workshop.  To learn more, see the official Korsakow Website.

      NOTE: This session is being offered at no additional cost to conference attendees, but you must pre-register if you choose to participate. Non attendees can attend for $25.  Bring a newer generation laptop – software does not run on tablets.  WiFi and a boxed lunch provided.

    • 2:00 PMSession A: "Motion Media in Architecture"

      John Colette

      Chair, Motion Media Design, Savannah College of Art & Design

    • 2:00 PMSession B: “The Abstract Gardener – An Exploration of Code Created Art”

      Allen Hirsh

      PhD and Digital Artist

    • 2:45 PMBreak

    • 3:00 PMPanel: “The Role of Data and Intuition in Making a Hit.”

      Dennis Wixon

      Moderator / Associate Professor, Interactive Media & Games Department / USC School of Cinematic Arts
      Geoff Zatkin, Co-Founder and COO / EEDAR Research
      David Bergantino / Writer, Producer and Game-Maker

    • 3:45 PMPapers and Special Topics

      Brigid Maher

      Moderator  / American University

      Topic: Traditional and Emerging Ideas in Interactive Media Curriculum

      Robert Fraher / University of Wisconsin-Stout
      Dave Beck / University of Wisconsin-Stout
      Matthew Nelson / Bradley University
      Julia Griffey / Webster University
      Mike Richison / Monomouth University

      Topic: Hybridity and Interactivity in Three Contemporary Film Projects

      Matt Soar / Concordia University
      Monika Gagnon / Concordia University
      Giuliana Cucinelli / MIT

    • 5:15 PMKeynote: Scott Ross, iDMAa 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

      Scott Ross

      Founder, Digital Domain

      Introduction by Peter Weishar
      As founder of Digital Domain, Scott Ross is one of the most notable pioneers in digital media and entertainment with a stellar career spanning decades. iDMAa is proud to honor Scott with this award at Fast Forward 2013.

    • 6:00 PMCocktail Reception

      Seven Degrees Terrace
    • 7:30 PMReception and Awards Dinner

      Seven-Degrees Conference Center

      Hosted by Peter Weishar, Awards Committee Chair

    • 9:30 PMAdjourn to Laguna Beach

  • Schedule:

    • 8:45 AMCoffee and Conference Housekeeping

      Seven-Degrees Conference Center
    • 9:00 AMPanel: "Transmedia Foundations- Where are They?"

      David Bergantino

      Writer, Producer, Game-Maker
      Michael Niederman

    • 9:45 AM"Qualcomm - Fostering Innovation on Campus"

      Jim Merrick

      Presented by Jim Merrick, Marketing Director, Games & Entertainment / Qualcomm

      Introduced by Michael Niederman

    • 10:30 AMPapers and Special Topics

      Brigid Maher

      Moderator  / American University

      Topic: Eclectic Think Tank

      Personal performance machines: Listening interventions in the urban soundscape
      Alex Braidwood / Iowa State University
      An Interactive, Multi-Sensory Learning System for Perfect and Relative Pitch
      Jamie Floyd, Dr. Jennifer Burg / Wake Forest University
      Somatic Shifts: Augmented Reality and the Corporal Body
      Meredith Drum / Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
      The Interaction Framework: Games as Inherently Multiplayer Experiences
      Simon Wiscombe / USC School of Cinematic Arts

      Topic: Digital Media Pedagogy

      The Digital Media and Arts Program: An Innovative Home for Media Communications Education
      Mary Pettice / Lebanon Valley College
      Filling the Legal Gap in Digital Media Learning
      Arlen Card / Utah Valley University
      A Case Study of Interdisciplinary Project-Based Pedagogy and Classroom Management
      Mike Lehr and Jeff Ritchie / Lebanon Valley College
      For Better and Worse’ – the role of Academia in building multimedia hubs on the example of Wroclawian Creativro
      Jan Stasienko / University of Lower Silesia, Digital Media and CMC Program
      Mobile Learning and Geolocation: The Ways in which Place is Crucial to the Learning Process
      James Ferolo / Bradley University


    • 11:30 AMClosing Keynote: "Will There Ever Be Another TV Generation?"

      Meredith Amdur

      V.P. Digital Strategy / DirecTV

    • 12:00 PMConference Adjourns