photo: Bill Weaver

As media makers in volatile times, our relationship to media and technology must evolve. There’s an urgent need for fresh approaches that cut through walls of rhetoric, dissolve cultural and political boundaries, and inspire stewardship of a planet in crisis.

Join a collaborative community of professional artists and media mentors who want to explore new world views and create flow states that support reflection, dialogue, and a deeper relationship with nature. We’ll discuss narratives and aesthetics that appeal to new regions of the mind, and re-examine our relationships with technology, creativity, and community across a broad range of platforms and methodologies. 

Can we bring about more effective change by tapping into the poetic, the sensual, the dimensional, the unexpected? The Nature of Media is for artists, filmmakers, writers, and new media mavens who are expanding their horizons: creators who want to shift world views and create transformative states that inspire reflection, empathy, meaningful conversation, and ultimately, action. 

Come to learn, cross-pollinate, reinvigorate, and be inspired. Join us at one of North America's most unique and intimate media gatherings. There are many areas to explore:

Along with new narrative aesthetics in documentary and dramatic films, emergent technologies like projection mapping, location-based storytelling, digital journalism, and virtual reality are merging with traditional forms of art. How do these new technologies dovetail into traditional storytelling models? Who are the thought leaders in this type of work? How can we reach broader audiences? And how do we support a shift in racial, gender, and power norms in the current media climate?

Come prepared to think big in a powerful natural landscape, and to engage with inspiring work. We’ll learn, mentor, cross-pollinate, and reinvigorate — all amidst the beautiful, rejuvenating surroundings of Hollyhock, and the unceded traditional territories of the Klahoose, Tla'amin and Homalco First Nations on Cortes Island, British Columbia.

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The Media that Matters / Hollyhock team