VOL. 8 NO. 4 Winter 2012
Published: January 1, 2013
Every once in a while I feel justified in bringing up that I was in the room when “this” got started… Before Winter Park, before we came up with the idea of the cute small “I” in iDMAa, before we were sure we could sustain an organization for two years (let alone ten). I was in the room, and there are pictures to prove it. For several years now, I’ve also “been in the room” when it comes to the Journal you’re reading. Without the Middletown Media Study, there probably wouldn’t have been a journal—it was the genesis of seeing that there needed to be a way to share the work being done in the field of digital media arts, beyond the annual conference.
Since its auspicious and highly focused start, the iDMAa Journal has expanded to cover more of the far ranging territory that is digital media and digital art, changed its style both visually (a lot) and content wise (a little). Step by step, the journal teams have worked to create a “text” that takes itself seriously at an academic level (you can show it to your Dean—please do, in fact!), while at the same time remembering: What’s the point of a journal that fails to catch you off-guard now and then? The people involved in the Journal always wanted it to reflect the organization—which meant it needed to be a little off-center, at times fearless, and always relevant.
To that end, on the tenth anniversary of the organization (and eight years out for the Journal iteself), we’re looking back and asking, “What the hell ‘just’ happened over the past ten years? And where might digital media and art be headed in the next ten?” If you sense that we have gone through a rather seismic shift in this area of study, you are not alone: the journey of the last decade has been as bumpy and filled with excitement as any since the 1960s. The world today looks very different than the one we were pondering just post-9/11, as iDMAa took root—and much of the “different” has to do with digital media and art. Thus, we aim here to get a look at those ten years from a range of voices, the result of wonderful people taking the time to sit down for interviews. We focus on the worlds of art, media, and the academy here… And, if some left-of-center observations come up, so be it. As always, the Journal will offer both the familiar and the strange, with the sole underlying intention being to stimulate.
—Michael Niederman, Executive Editor
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By Meredith Amdur | February 27, 2013
In an interview with iDMAa, Microsoft's Meridith Amdur discusses changes in digital media, digital art and in the broad sense digital culture over the past decade and what things stand out within the broad intersections between these fields
By Danah Boyd | February 27, 2013
Microsoft researcher and professor Danah Boyd, discusses the most fundamental development in society and culture with regards to digital media and digital art
By Michelle Citron | February 27, 2013
Award-winning media artist Michelle Citron shares examples of amazing innovations in digital art, media, and culture.
By Jonathan Ding | February 27, 2013
From an international perspective, emerging digital media promises to bring more information, entertainment, convenience and services to people around the world. Jonathan Ding of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology talks about the positive impact digital media is having on his country.
By Jane Espenson | February 27, 2013
Advances in digital access and distribution are changing the way content is created. Jane Espenson, science fiction writer for such shows as Buff the Vampire Slayer and Angel, shares her experiences.
By Scott Robert Olson | February 27, 2013
Scott Robert Olson, digital media scholar and university president, shares insights on the decades biggest digital advancements, today's college student, and iDMAa's continuing contributions to the digital disciplines.
By Maureen Ryan | February 27, 2013
Television critic Maureen Ryan talks about the connections that are made in a digital world and how this has impacted the way we consume media.
By Glenn Wharton | February 27, 2013
Glenn Wharton discusses the most fundamental challenge digital art and technology poses in the world of art conservation.