The Digitization of the Christian Imagination Conference

by Dane Sanders, Moderator

This year's arts conference entitled The Digitization of Christian Imagination 2015 explores the challenges and opportunities of digital technology on the imaginative life of the Christian artist.

The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed an unprecedented wave of unlimited creative opportunities for artists in all fields. Does this democratization of digital tools result in better art, film, music and literature or is true talent instead drowned out in the vast digital ocean of mass culture? This year’s conference addressed this question and explore the exciting creative possibilities and challenges offered by digital technologies.

“The Christian is the one whose imagination should fly beyond the stars.”  -- Francis Schaeffer

In addition to founding Fast Track Creative, Dane Sanders is a photographer, author and public speaker. He has published two books: Fast Track Photographer and The Fast Track Photographer Business Plan. Dane is also the creator of the Photographer DNA (pDNA), the Business Stress Test (bST) and a host of other resources for photographers. His current projects include the Better Together Community, Converge: The Business of Creativity Podcast and his personal blog. As an educator, Dane has been a guest lecturer at Brooks Institute, taught at Westmont College and Biola University and has taught numerous times at WPPI, Imaging USA, Photo Plus Expo as well international events throughout North America, South America, Europe & Asia. He has also been a featured speaker for such companies as Adobe, Random House & WHCC. His work has been featured in a number of books and publications including Rangefinder, Professional Photographer, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style and Photojojo. Dane, his wife Tami, along with their four children, make their home in Newport Beach, California.

Featured Presenters Include:

Karen Swallow Prior is Professor of English at Liberty Baptist University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Her books include Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More - Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist (Thomas Nelson 2014) and a literary and spiritual memoir, Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me (T. S. Poetry Press 2012).  She is a contributing writer for “Christianity Today,” “The Atlantic,” “In Touch,” and “Think Christian.”  Her writing has also appeared at “Comment,” “Relevant,” “Books and Culture,” ”Fieldnotes,” “The Well,” and “Salvo.” 

Brett McCracken is a Los Angeles-based writer, journalist, and public speaker. He is the author of Hipster Christianity: When Church & Cool Collide(Baker, 2010) and Gray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism & Liberty (Baker, 2013). He has written for “The Wall Street Journal”, “The Washington Post”, “Huffington Post,” “,” “The Princeton Theological Review,” “Mediascape,” “Books & Culture”, “Christianity Today,” “Relevant,” “IMAGE Journal,” “Converge” and “Q Ideas.”

Joshua Clayton is a New York-based artist and academic. His new media-oriented practice shifts between material artifacts and ephemeral situations, digital and analog media; his interests range from semiotics to landscape, Cartesian space, and environmental phenomena. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, he studied art and design before moving to Tokyo in 2002 and New York in 2005. He has an advanced degree in interactive telecommunications and currently teaches at New York University.

Stephen Proctor is an illuminator whose primary focus is designing & VJ-ing immersive experiences using projection & media. At the heart, Stephen is a curator of visual worship who seeks to unleash people’s imaginations through moments of wonder & astonishment. Not only does he love to create these experiences, but he loves to teach others about visual worship and how art can play a powerful role in today’s Church. Much of his work is done in collaboration with artists & authors such as GÜNGÖR, All Sons & Daughters, Beth Moore, Travis Cottrell, Glenn Packiam, Paul Baloche, Ian Cron, Stu G, Aaron Niequist & The Brilliance. You can also see Stephen’s work and hear him teach at various gatherings, such as Luminous Project, the late ECHO conference, National Worship Leaders Conference & SALT Nashville (a conference dedicated to visual worship).

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