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September 5th, 2012
Cultural Confidential

Creativity & Control in the Info Age: Audience/Panel Conversations

SB Danceís new curiosity-building series begins with an examination of access, ownership, and creativity. Compare these two positions on the issue:

1. Creativity and innovation always build on the past.
2. The past always tries to control the creativity that builds on it.
3. Free societies enable the future by limiting the past.
4. Ours is less and less a free society.
-- Larry Lessig, legal scholar and political activist

If you canít protect what you own, you donít own anything.
-- Jack Valenti, Motion Picture Association of America

What's the difference between paying creators for their work and permanent corporate lock-down? The audience engages a panel of experts in a conversation about what's fair, who cares, and what you can do about it. Read about our amazing panel ->

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Josh Blumental
is a photographer and born-again Luddite. When his entire website was ripped off, Josh was motivated to work with 19th century wetplate photographic techniques and refusing to digitize the images. In the theater, an exhibit of his labor-intensive wetplates is shown besides a collection of slick photos he poached and printed in minutes.

Jason Hill is founder and lead software developer at Lost Wax Labs. He contributes to the free, libre, open source software (FLOSS) movement and is an advocate for ubiquitous access to the internet, free of government control, to preserve freedom, expression and knowledge.

Anne Jamison is associate professor of English at the University of Utah. She is the author of Poetics en Passant (Palgrave, 2009) and teaches and writes on literature and culture from the 18th century to the present. Her work on fan fiction, particularly on the Twilight origins of the bestselling 50 Shades of Grey, has recently been cited in publications from The Wall Street Journal to Entertainment Weekly.

Aaron Moulton is Senior Curator at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art and co-editor of the exhibitions quarterly AGMA. He has worked as an arts journalist and editor around Europe and America, and founded the exhibition space FEINKOST in Berlin. Available at the theater is a copy of his satire anthology An Art Newspaper: Special DECADE Issue, a publication that that satirizes the last decade of contemporary art through real and fake articles, galleries of repurposed imagery, and remakes of readymades.

Stacey Richards is Worldwide Catalog Relations Manager at Warner Chappell. She founded Spot on Songs, a film and television music placement company and was the music supervisor for the independent film, Peloton. Her background includes work in music production, A&R, music licensing and music business affairs.

Glen Warchol is a journalist and writer who spent over 20 years working for newspapers including the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News. At the Trib, he wrote the Salt Lake Crawler, one of the first fulltime blogs to deal with online news and events. Glen has sat in a front row seat as issues of access and ownership revolutionized the world of journalism.

Stephen Brown (moderator) is Director of SB Dance and a prolific rabble-rouser in multiple mediums.
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