The Sixth Sedona
Demystifying Digital Media
The sixth Sedona Conversation in Dublin drew
about 120 people from the Digital Media world. A new group called Digital Media
Intelligence (DMI), partnered with us and local Dubliners like Ann Rogers,
Damian Ryan, Kieran O'Hea were on the ground to help make the Sixth Sedona our
best European success even including the wonderful Barcelona Sedona's in 1999
Daintry Donovan of the Sedona
staff reports top evaluations and as we prepare for a return June 18th -
21st Sedona and a winter Jamaica Sedona, we have requests to return to
Ireland, invitations from Toronto, middle Europe, the United Arab
Emirates to host Sedonas for the future.
Castle (1000 years old), presented a comfortable venue in Dublin. We had
speakers address Digital Media policy issues (Chris Horn) in Dublin, the
future potential of the Digital Hub (Jerome Morrissey) BBC, On line
Learning and Innovation (Frank Boyd), Art and Digital Medial (Jason
Ohler), Virtual Learning Environments (Ken Costello), Innovations in
Teaching Media Arts and Graphic Design in Abu Dhabi (Mark Derro)
ultralab reaches into community based projects and lower schools in
Ireland (Prof. Stephen Heppell) and art as an organizing force for the
college of the future (Coen Free).
Coen Free had
us sail through the wily and eccentric subterranean world of the artist
Bosch in translating King William I College's commitment to the creative
and artistic processes that are built into King William I College's
Dr. Edward de
Bono enthralled the audience with his emphasis on the creative processes
that require us to think outside of the box. It was also announced that
de Bono will open up the Abu Dhabi E-ducation Without Borders Conference
in February according to Vice Chancellor Tayeb Kamali of the Higher
Technical Colleges of the United Arab Emirates.
So much grows
out of The Sedona Conversations and Conversations: new businesses are
formed, new networks are forged and new events always evolve.
Sedeka's profoundly beautiful Japanese anime set-piece, Metropolis,
which was not available for last spring's Sedona. This animated film
underscored the higher moral themes young designers work into the new
media forms such as their music, film, and stories (think rap lyrics in
Eight Mile by Eminem), i.e. "Yo live with
yo mama in a white trash trailer but that's who I am."
with Dudley Stewart whose father was the General of the Irish Army.
Stewart now occupies a Baronial castle in Tullumore, Ireland, a possible
setting for major Sedona inspired initiatives, including an
international forum on world peace and tolerance.
We were hosted
by DMI and had the company of James Joyce's nephew address us on the
family perspective of who James Joyce appeared to be. One of the Mesa
Community College faculty with us was Mary Aldrich who majored in Irish
literature for her PhD. She was thrilled to be seated next to Joyce's
nephew at dinner.
Sandra de Bresser, we were able to pre-conference right up to Dublin,
touching on everything from Jason Ohler's writings and thoughts in "What
Next?", an allegorical book he has written, and the interpretations of
Joyce's Dubliners and various other topics.
us up for the summer Sedona June 18-21, just before many of us head out
to Beijing for AACC's conference on leadership and policy.
theme for Sedona in June is as follows: Art Forms, Digital Forms,
Spiritual Forms: Pathways to the Creative Process.
anchors and kicks us off on the Four "Rs", the fourth being the "R" in A