Digital Disruption 

Exploring online voices, tones and tools offline / Sound and Mediations as Mediators

“Technology inhibits deep thinking because it is concerned primarily with activity, not contemplation. Because thinking is fundamental to self-awareness, technology is an obstacle to self-identity. It is a threat to internality.” T.J. Rivers

Our voices are becoming louder and more distinct through the use of social media. Hidden algorithms steer our online expression. Pressures to be off and online from conflicting narratives of our online lives, create tension and questions for us. On the one hand, we are cautioned to be mindful of our use and of its negative impacts (to human connection). On the other, we are pressured use technology to reach for connection, potential and mindfulness! What does all this really mean to us? What tools can we discover to help balance the use of personal technology in our lives?  And how can we collectively nourish and better care for each other in this techno-social landscape? The questions seem pressing. Are there solutions?

In this workshop we will explore elements of personal tech use: voice, utility, disruption, production and connection. Participants will have opportunity to learn and reflect on human habits with technology, with the opportunity to participate in exercises to connect and nourish themselves offline. Can we relate the experience of sound vibrations to our everyday experience of digital distributions? Use of tonal frequencies, writing exercises, and time in nature are offered to participants. We are so excited to gather and explore these questions together with you.

Alfie Chambers-Rapsey

Alfie Chambers-Rapsey

CEO of The Sunroom deliberates digital influences over human evolution, and frequently curates sounds with Staying Underground. Alfie holds a B.A in Media Communication and Business from St. John’s University in New York and plans to soon team up with The Digital Media Lab in NYC.

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Becky Siamon

Becky Siamon

Becky Siamon is a torch singer and story teller who has been bringing powerful performances and songwriting skills to music lovers over the last 15 years. Starting off singing and creating with Tyler Messick and the Museum Pieces, she was a founding member of many Halifax-based groups: Bend the River, Al Tuck, Gabe Minnikin, Mike Trask and the Precious Memories, Owen Steel , David R. Elliot, then later releasing her solo album Breakfast Epiphanies in 2012. Based in the blues, Siamon is smokey and raw, singing incantations of the music she obviously loves: blues, jazz, country, and soul. A poet, an editor and believer in scraps of paper, Becky reaches for the depths in all endeavours.

Becky Siamon