Wendy’s creative work takes place at the intersection of art, innovation and social justice. As the Executive Director of the National Alliance for Media Arts And Culture, she is focused on facilitating collaboration, innovation, strategic growth and social impact for the media arts field. Also a Senior Consultant with the Sundance Institute, Wendy helped develop the New Frontier Story Lab and currently co-facilitates the Sundance/Skoll Stories of Change Program. Wendy was the Director of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Producers Institute for New Media Technologies – the first public media Innovation Lab in the US and is a featured speaker and moderator at venues around the world. She has served as Advisor to World Pulse, Tribeca New Media Fund, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and Open Society Foundation’s Documentary Photography Project. Wendy is the recipient of the Princess Grace Statue Award for distinguished contribution to the media arts field.
Harsh Wonder: The Mystery & Reality of Being Alive
I think a lot about this Mary Oliver quote:
“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising and gave to it neither power or time”
In my mind, the projects on this playlist are essays on the meaning and quality of being alive. They are explorations of human compassion. Reflections of an artist’s vision laden with the richness of communal storytelling and experience. They were all bold experiments at one time, courageous ventures into a new digital technology or socio/cultural practice. For me, these works are their own poetry; each reveals a harsh reality of life on this earth, along with a profound sense of wonder and mystery about the essence of that life.