The DiscoTech crew invites you to their fundraiser showcase curated by Tunde Olaniran and discover some gems from the underground of electro-music in SE Michigan. The show is Saturday, June 8 and begins at 8PM at Jumbo's Bar (3736 3rd St., Detroit).
:: Featuring :: Little Animal, Bitchly Bizness, Phosphor Elephants, Dr. Disko Dust
Come dressed to impress and score a cameo in Tunde Olaniran's next music video!
$10 >> All proceeds go to making the Discovering Technology Lab happen at the Allied Media Conference 2013.
AMC2012 features 21 amazing participant-organized Tracks, Network Gatherings, and Practice Spaces. Read the descriptions here!
You are now invited to submit proposals for AMC sessions. Submit your proposal at AMPTalk!
*PROPOSALS ARE DUE MARCH 14TH*
We are looking for sessions that can be hosted within AMC Practice Spaces or Tracks, or that stand alone in their awesomeness. When you propose your session, you can associate your proposal with multiple Tracks and Practice Spaces, or none-of-the-above by selecting the "General" track.
Tracks are a series of 5 - 10 AMC sessions focused on media-based organizing strategies. We define "media-based organizing" as any collaborative process that uses media, art, or technology to bring about a more just and creative world.
Practice Spaces are experiments in creating the world we want to see. Through Practice Spaces, we model practices that make the AMC more accessible, engaging, and transformative for everyone.
Network Gatherings are day-long mini-conferences held on the Thursday before the conference. These are spaces for established networks or groups to convene in the space of the AMC for in-depth reflection and planning conversations.
We're excited to fill the AMC with incredible content from new and returning presenters.
Let the session proposing begin!
Next week, 34 coordinators of the AMC2012 tracks, network gatherings and practice spaces will meet up in Detroit for three days of intensive planning.
At this meeting, we will launch the six-month process of content-development, cross-network collaboration and grassroots fundraising that will result in a glorious AMC2012.
We need your input in this planning process! What skills do you want to learn at AMC2012? What strategy conversations do you want to have? Who do you want to make sure participates in the conference this year?
Tell us all these things and more in a super short survey. It will only take 15 minutes of your time and it will contribute volumes to the awesomeness of this year's AMC.
If you are inspired to give more detailed input, please fill out an additional survey designed by the coordinators of the Webmaking Track to assess what web development skills should be shared at AMC2012.
While we will continue to accept responses over the next several months, your input will be MOST VALUABLE to us if we receive it before 9am EST on Friday 1/13. This will allow us to incorporate your feedback into the coordinators' planning meeting next weekend.
Thank you for being a part of the AMC network.
This was the most epic year-to-date in the life of Allied Media Projects.
During that same weekend in late January 2011, AMP moved from our cozy (but too small and inaccessible) office in an old Elementary School to a 3,000 square foot ground-level space in the Furniture Factory Theater building, only a few blocks away, in the Cass Corridor. Our new office includes a media lab/classroom which we designed to host the first round of Detroit Future Media workshops. We have spacious work areas for our staff, which has grown from three at the beginning of the year to a crew of eight full-time and a dozen part-time staff.
Through DFM we trained an inaugural class of Detroiters in audio, video, graphic design, web design skills and the application of these skills in education, social justice organizing, and community-based entrepreneurship. We selected DFM students through an application process which asked, "What is your vision for the future of Detroit?" and "How will you use digital media to transform your community?"
In August, we launched Detroit Future Schools by hosting 12 teachers and eight DFM artists-in-residence to "AMP Camp" – a five-day professional development retreat at a YMCA camp in West Michigan. AMP Camp was a time for collaborative curricula-building,plus a healthy dose of kayaking, karaoke, and jumping off trampolines into a lake. At the retreat, we looked long and hard at the education crisis facing Detroit. We realized that the goals of our program were nothing less than to reinvent the purpose and practice of education in Detroit. Our purpose is to prepare the future-builders of a more just, creative and collaborative world. Our practice is digital media arts integration, project-based learning, democratic classrooms, and school-community connectedness.
Amidst the highs of the 2011 Allied Media Conference, the graduation of the first class of Detroit Future Media, and the AMP Camp week of Detroit Future Schools, the Summer of 2011 hit a profound low with the passing of Detroit poet-activist-educator, D. Blair. Blair had been an important part of the AMC community, most recently as co-coordinator of the "Poetry and Music as Transformative Media" track at AMC2011. AMP staff mourned alongside our vast network of people locally and nationally who loved Blair. We celebrated and honored his life, while committing to do better at taking care of each other as we work towards a more just and creative world.
AMP continues to be an active member in the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, providing facilitation for monthly meetings and technical support for the network of the coalition's thirteen Public Computer Centers. At the first DDJC retreat, held in November of this year, we laid strategic plans for the coming year of Discovering Technology Fairs (or "DiscoTechs") community wireless networks and communications work, including the publication of the zine, Communication is a Fundamental Human Right.