When and where is it on?

Digital Transformation will take place at the Ballina Arts Centre, Mayo on the 19th and 20th of May. Ballina was chosen as the location for this because its a magnificent and beautiful location, and because its important to start this conversation away from the traditional tech locations.

How many years has it been going? 

This is the inaugural conference.

What was the inspiration to start it?

It was inspired by our realisation that most discussions on the Digital Society don’t go deep enough. They tend to focus on the wonderful benefits of the digital future but they seldom ask what the technology will do to us, how it will change us (if at all) as people, as communities. We believe that the arts and artists may hold the key to understanding this future society, and the way to make it meaningful.  We view the conference as a “call to arms” if you will for artists and writers to help us find a new voice, and to business and technology to be more open about the necessity of the arts in any beneficial transition to the digital society.

What exciting things can people look forward to?

If the unique is also exciting then attendees can look forward to seventeen speakers from the worlds of visual art, media, academia, leading cultural institutions, as well as leading technologists and broadcasters from Ireland, the US, UK, Germany and the Netherlands as well as a special session with Jeremy Rifkin, author of the Third Industrial Revolution and the Zero Marginal Cost Society

What opportunities are on offer for those attending?

There will also be panel discussions featuring the novelist Julian Gough, Lionbridge executive Julian Gough hosted by Arena’s Sean Rocks. There are breakout sessions where people can participate in conversations and workshops with the presenters, and contribute to the “design” of a creative, human digital future.
This is an opportunity to think deeply and creatively about the digital society with the people who are making it happen. We think of it as the start of a journey of real innovation and exploration. And its a great opportunity to forge new networks across disciplines.

Who will be speaking?

The speakers, apart from Jeremy and those already mentioned, include:

Steve Woodall – Collections Specialist for artists’ books at the Achenbach Foundation

Glyn Darkin – Chief Digital Architect at Wipro Digital

Paul O’Neill – a new media artist and researcher based in Dublin whose creative and academic interests relate to tactical media, hacktivism, remix culture and media archeology.

Leah Hilliard – artist and the co-ordinator, lead researcher and writer for the MFA, Art in the Digital World at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

plan b – aka Berlin based artists Sophia New and Daniel Belasco Rogers

Ronan Laffan – Chief Solution Architect at Version 1, a leading Irish and UK IT services company.

Sinead McDonald – visual artist working in physical computing and video.

Loes Bogers – a design coach working in digital fabrication and feminist technologies.

Paula Kehoe – an independent filmmaker based in Connemara .

Cate Field – a sound and visual artist, teacher and lecturer,

Joanna Hopkins – visual artist currently based in Galway City, working in video, interactive art, installation art and drawing.

Leah Benson – digital Archivist for the National Gallery of Ireland.

And more….

How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out?

For those attending the conference book early to avail of the 33% discount of the early bird prices and avail of the fantastic hotel deals we can make available. Clear you mind of expectations and expect a range of new perspective on what it means to be digital. Based on purchase patterns we expect to sell out in under four weeks. Tickets are available here.

Prepared and edited by Andrew Carroll, Journalism MA in DIT.

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