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Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Artists on Saturday 10th March

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  • Creative Energy: Renewing the Fight for Renewables

    by Paul D Miller (aka DJ Spooky), Tara DePorte, James Slezak and Edward Morris

    Electronic musician, turntablist and author DJ Spooky (Paul D. Miller) joins Ed Morris (Canary Project), James Slezak (Purpose.com) and Tara DePorte (Human Impacts Institute) in an interactive session to explore how social entrepreneurs, artists and creative technologists are combining forces to reinvent the movement to evolve beyond fossil fuels.

    20 years after the 1992 Rio Earth Summit and the first global pledge to stop climate change, major polluters in the United States can still emit unlimited quantities of carbon into our atmosphere at no cost. Meanwhile, a well-funded machine works 24/7 to convince Americans there's nothing bad happening - so oil, gas and coal companies continue business as usual. Clearly the green movement needs to take it up a notch. So what is being done to apply cutting-edge social organizing technology, smart branding, product design and the creative arts to solve this problem? How can this bottom-up work support the national and global challenge? What else do we need to do?

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Sabine, Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown

  • Social Media for Minority Mindshare

    by Mazy Kazerooni, Natalie Cofield, Korey Coleman and Ron Harrison

    The advent of free and cheap media tools has created many opportunities for minority music and media makers. Young social media gurus such as the Persian background and Orange County born Mazy Kazerooni (Track.by and Digital Hustler for L'il Wayne) have leveraged popular artists and platforms like Ustream to create thriving businesses and relationships with advertisers.
    Still others, such as Korey Coleman of Spill.com/Hollywood.com have become burgeoning celebrities largely propelled by video animation, the social media platform Ning and rabid downloads of audio podcasts.
    This SXSW panel will explore strategies to leverage social media tools and platforms to increase access, brand and direct connection to consumers for minority emerging artists and will show-case best practices used by artists such as L'il Wayne, and platforms like Spill.com and Blazetrak.com.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Room 5ABC, Austin Convention Center

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