MANO Presents: The Few or the Many Debate at IMAA’s Tidal Force Conference

Wednes­day June 11, 1:30PM – 3:00PM

The Few or the Many: Con­sol­i­da­tion or Pro­lif­er­a­tion as the Way For­ward in the Media Arts?

Sco­tia­bank Stu­dio The­atre, Hal­i­fax, Nova Scotia

With­in the ongo­ing land­scape of aus­ter­ity from most pub­lic fund­ing bod­ies and an ever-expand­ing field for the media arts in Cana­da what is the way for­ward? Should the sec­tor con­sol­i­date resources to build “Super-Cen­tres” for the pro­duc­tion, dis­sem­i­na­tion and dis­tri­b­u­tion of media art, or should the pro­lif­er­a­tion of small col­lec­tives and time-lim­it­ed projects be encour­aged. While answers may reside some­where between these two posi­tions our esteemed debaters will argue con­sol­i­da­tion ver­sus pro­lif­er­a­tion as poten­tial strate­gies for the future of the sector.

Ben Donoghue

Team Con­sol­i­da­tion:
Cather­ine Benoit, Elwood Jim­my, Zoë Toupin

Team Pro­lif­er­a­tion:
Meri­ol Lehmann, Peter Sand­mark, Cease Wyss