2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Pixelating Reality: How SmartPhones Shift Now

#sxsw #NotHereNow


Many of us carry smartphones wherever we go. Increasingly, we are leaning on them as active and passive gathering devices of data and images. Google Glass and other recording devices bring the question further front and center—how is our recording and perpetually digitally checking in affecting our everyday lives? How are those check-ins and recordings shifting our being "present" in our shared Now and Here? Are we increasingly taking the opportunity to be digitally Elsewhere and not Present?



Gigi Johnson

Exec Dir

Maremel Institute

I connect new solutions around technology, learning, media, music, and innovation.

** Designing new learning environments
** Connecting new business partnerships
** Advising media and education leaders on breaking into new paths and ecosystems for growth

In my diverse career paths, I have produced educational environments at UCLA and other institutions, created new knowledge products from scratch, marketed and launched new educational media products, and built executive learning platforms for diverse cultures and teams. My corporate background includes a decade financing and advising media acquisitions at Bank of America. Before that, I spent several years in advertising and PR for media companies and brands. I marketed and structured deals for two VOD channels at Studio4Networks. I continue to advise media and education innovators on implementing technology shifts, changing processes in content innovation, expanding markets, and designing and implementing key partnerships.

My creative background includes producing four web series, two music albums, many educational video programs, 6 years of live concerts, a dozen video oral histories, a doctoral dissertation on organizational narratives, and white papers on technology and social change.

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