AMC2014 was four beautiful days in June: learning, building, exploring, and dancing in Detroit. But parallel to that universe another Allied Media Conference was taking place… on the Internet.
The Internet AMC lived in tens of thousands of tweets and Instagram posts, Facebook statuses and Tumbles. It was as lively and provocative and abundant as the physical version of the AMC, and in some instances, the worlds merged, bringing together online communities in physical space such as the Queer People of Color Tumblr Meet-up and the Black Femme Bloggers Meet-Up.
Search the #AMC2014 or the #AlliedMediaConference hashtags on Tumblr to see the expansive content from the weekend catalogued there – from fundraisers leading up to the AMC to art and writing inspired by the conference. On Instagram, the #AMC2014 hashtag revealed a view of the AMC’s beauty from the eyes of its beholders.
Of all the social media channels, Twitter was the most prolific, generating approximately 15,000 tweets under the #AMC2014 hashtag. We were able to archive 15,000 tweets, which formed a kind of AMC tweet-novel. "Reading" the AMC in this way lets us see how ideas bubble up in different sessions and resonate with one another, or how ideas that were germinated in one session were further develop in another session later in the weekend.
Three tweet stories
We have compiled below some "three tweet stories," our attempt to share with you some of the fascinating patterns of the AMC. Bedazzled throughout are some visual gems from Instagram.
A Tinfoil Hat & a Hammer
Morning sessions at #AMC2014 are so fantastic - we are learning about podcasting, making murals, surveillance and #visonaryfiction - @OutburstM
I just learned you can set up a 1800 # w answering machine on Skype to collect stories in .wav. WHAT #MINDBLOWN lolz #raisingup #AMC2014
At the Intersections
Having a hard time knowin when to give my writer-self, organizer-self, internet-self or survivor-self priority this weekend. #AMC2014 - @ninsiana0
Luckily there're intentional & also unexpected intersections, like Octavia's Brood, or People's Science ala the Maker Movement. #AMC2014 - ninsiana0
Heart Fragments Combine
#AMC2014 what is it about this conference that makes me feel so safe? #Decolonize - @pinchefatpocho
I never get as many hugs in one day than on day one of the AMC. #AMC2014 - @caydenmak
Every person is a fragment of your heart that allows you to heal that part of yourself. Sterling Toles #AMC2014 - @caydenmak
Building Our Own Images
"What happens when our imaginations are broken?" Lisa Marie Alarorre #amc2014 #tjlove @alliedmediaconf" - @squaresoda
Nothing happens in the "real" world unless it happens 1st in the images in our head #amc2014 #borderland - @whimzmc
This is probably the most diverse group of people I have ever been amongst (and I live in Oakland). #AMC2014 - @ArtActivistNia
roomfuls of ppl who were taught to abhor themselves and people like them having respectful & constructive conversations #amc2014 - @neotenomie
One thing that I love love love about #amc2014 thus far is that so many sessions are led by women, queers, and people of color. - @onekade
Languages of the Future
humans think and understand in stories not facts. #amc2014 - @DSKinsel
Visionary fiction can be a technology for possibility...time traveling to a future we can relate to. #AMC2014 #octaviasbrood - EchoingIda
Symbols transform into visual and cultural language. the meanings change depending on the "speakers" of said language #futuredesign #amc2014 - @rubayyai
Place-keeping: Visioning, Researching, Building
Gentrification is a system. It is a feeling and it is a collective loss of community/places. - ash #specccity #amc2014 - @hannahsassaman
We need to have a vision of our city and build our organizations, our stories, our lives to get there - @drewphilp #AMC2014 #placerace - @Monika_Dutt
Strength in Vulnerability
Inspired and moved by all the beautiful fat folks who shared their experiences during the last session. #AMC2014 #FATSPEAKS - @ladabeth
There is a strength in vulnerability #AMC2014 - @Nasma_Ahmed
#AMC2014 #fatspeaks! If that wasn't the most moving 90 minutes of my recent memory, I will have to be on guard for what's next. - @Nasma_Ahmed
Refuse to trustfall into future of tech. Tools won't serve every1 until we change who's involved not just in production, but design #amc2014 - @elle_mccann
A #makerspace is people and community, not just tools and technology #AMC2014 -@lounovak
we are the mediums #amc2014 - @arsabsurdia
Underground. Resistance. I legit can't breathe. We are watching the godfathers of Detroit techno and it's beautiful! #amc2014 - @tundeolaniran
The AMC embraces idea explosion as a constant state. Divergent not convergent. #AMC2014 #borderland - @joshdotfm
The past, present, and future are all existing right now. #AMC2014 - @DarkMatterRage
More AMC2014 documentation and reflections
The electricity of conversation continues to pulse online in blog posts reflecting on the experience of the AMC:
- "Future Time" by Shea Howell for The Michigan Citizen
- "Notes on the Allied Media Conference" by LokiDesign
- "What I learned at the Allied Media Conference" illustrated blog post by Miyuki Baker
- Susan DiPronio’s reportback on the AMC for the Leeway Foundation
- "A Trip to Detroit’s Allied Media Conference" by the youth of the Red Hook Initiative in Brooklyn.
- "AMC Reflections Part 1: Andrew Rahme" by Youthprise's Research Associate & QTPOC Community Builder
- "I'm not the only one trying to change the world: Youth reflections on attending the Allied Media Conference" by Saint Paul Neighborhood Network
- "Living Network Principles: Reflections from the AMC" by CoreAlign Movement Catalyst blog
Many session presenters and content coordinators have also posted awesome documentation and reflections on their sessions:
- this Storify from the Research Justice Network Gathering by Moya Bailey,
- "Allied Media Conference MagicNet: Third Time’s a Charm" by Andy Gunn
- "Detroit, Fat, the Allied Media Conference" by Charlotte Cooper
- notes from the Sci-Fi Exploration Workshop for Tweens compiled by China Martens
- Adrienne Maree Brown’s notes from her three sessions about storytelling black women writers lives, emergent strategy and the Octavia’s Brood Anthology
- an entire website created to house the notes from "The Great LPFM Brainstorm" a workshop to support newly-licensed community radio stations.
- "Dream Pillows, Flower Potions & Magic Salves", zine produced through an AMC2014 workshop of the same name
AMC workshops generated some incredible audio and video:
This AMC Anthem was made in a music production workshop for kids led by BangTown Studios of Flint, MI. One of the featured performers has been attending the AMC since she was in utero.
This is a compilation of short videos, all shot and edited on mobile devices, from a workshop led by youth leaders from the Saint Paul Neighborhood Network:
Here is four hours of radio from the Detroit Freq Radio Station, which had a table in the AMC exhibition area attracting ciphers and good conversation throughout the weekend.
"Swiping New Art Into Reality! A short video from the AMC Future Design Lab. Based on a future where all people have access to mesh networking queer AI supaphones that can make your dreams of liberation real."
Watch highlights from the Really Rad Radio & TV Station that was broadcasting live throughout the weekend:
And this year, we made our own video about the AMC. We think its pretty rad. Check it out and share!
We know there is more out there! Please contact us with any other links that should be added to this social media round-up. Save the date for 17th annual AMC: June 18 - 21, 2015.
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