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The Digital Shift Opening Ceremony was held on September 16 at 10am PST.

The theme “Shift” evokes a positive disruption towards greater access, inclusivity, equity and diversity in the media arts community and beyond; movement towards decolonized thinking; and a shift to digital means of creation, collaboration and dissemination. In June 2018, IMAA held its national conference entitled “listen, witness, transmit” which was coordinated by NIMAC and focused on Indigenous leadership, creation, and ways of working within the media arts sector. This theme challenged the media arts community to address colonial impact within the sector and to undertake significant systemic change. Digital Shift seeks to respond to this call to action. 

Due to our concerns around safety during Covid -19, the entire Gathering took place online. Digital Shift comprised of six weekly round-table discussions, held online from 10am -12pm (Pacific time) each Thursday from September 17 to October 22, 2020. Each round-table was followed by a virtual break-out session, where participants gathered discussions on issues raised during the conversation. 

The six weekly round-tables focused on Indigenous digital sovereignty; racial justice and inclusivity; access and inclusion, especially in regards to remote and underserved communities; artists’ digital rights, including fair artists fees for digital works; art, privacy and surveillance; and AI, biotechnology and the Semantic web. Digital Shift also showcased the work of artists from the Pacific Region (BC and the Yukon) through a rotating weekly program of film screenings, online artists’ works, and virtual walks by artists through different territories within the region. 

More information on the round-tables and artistic programming on the Digital Shift’s website here

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Digital Shift was hosted by the FLUX Media Gallery, which is situated on the ancestral and un-ceded territories of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations, including the WSANEC peoples of the Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tseycum and Tsawout First Nations (Victoria BC).

Digital Shift Virtual National Media Arts Gathering was being hosted by The Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) in partnership with Flux Media Gallery, the Media Arts Alliance of the Pacific (MAAP) and the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition (NIMAC)