The Emerging Means of Production: Anticipating the Next Digital Divide

November 15, 2016, at the Ford Foundation (New York, New York)

As more cultural content moves online and into the digital realm, will organizations that can acquire and monetize these new “means of production” capture market share before others even enter the market?  This debate investigated the economic and representational complications that may result from this gap.

Participants in the third debate of the "Generation Elsewhere: Art in the Age of Distraction" series included:

  • Simone Browne, Associate Professor, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, University of Texas at Austin;
  • Madison Cario, Artist and Director of the Office of the Arts, Georgia Tech; 
  • Marco Castro Cosio, Artist, Designer, and Curator;
  • Matthew Pratt Guterl, Chair, American Studies and Professor, Africana Studies/American Studies/Ethnic Studies, Brown University;
  • David Kyuman Kim, Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies, Connecticut College; and
  • Sydney Skybetter (moderator), Choreographer and Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University.

Professor Guterl framed the event with a discussion of the relationship between power, media, and representation over time.

See below for video excerpts.

Brett Egan, President of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, discusses the changing means of production in the digital age.

Matthew Pratt Guterl, Chair of American Studies and Professor of Africana, American, and Ethnic Studies at Brown University, discusses the relationship between power, media, and representation over time.

Watch the Full Debate

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