Convergent Media Collective Presents @ 2016 Ann Arbor Film Festival


img_9111For the 3rd year in a row professor joey lopez attended the academy word sanctioned Ann Arbor Film Festival.  Last year he had the pleasure of including students Terrance Raper and Josh Lightner and moderated of diverse group college students who shared their insights into film making.  You can read all about it here.

This year, joey’s panel pertained specifically to women and abstract film making in the 21st century.  Using the format from the previous year, joey worked with the AAFF administration garner women film makers from Universities across the US to be on the panel.  UIW’s Communication Art’s sponsored three students to go on the trip, Brittany Dieke, Brittany Nelson and Mercedes Esquivel.  Each of the students produced works for the festival to show at the panel.

The panel went very well with all the students showing their work and approaches to ideating, creating conceptual works and producing final products.  They also spoke about what it is like to be a women film maker and the challenges and stereotypes they deal with.

img_9396In addition to the panel, joey and the convergent media students were able to attend other sessions and film presenations, as well as tour a bit of Michigan, making their way to both GM and Ford factories, as well as the Henry Ford Museum, which provided a great overall experience, though it should be noted the KKK exhibit was disturbing.

We also found a makerspace much like our own, 10bitworks, called All Hands Active.  We literally happen to run into a member on the street and we got a full tour even though they were not officially open, it was awesome to see that makerspaces are developing all over.


We have high hopes for professor joey lopez to put on another great panel in 2017, we hear it deals with civic engagement and film making.  So stay tuned!




Collective Hosts First-Ever Booth at 2016 SXSWCreate


Kicking off the 2016 SXSW festival, SXSWCreate, the hub for innovation and creativity, invites thousands to showcase and share their passion for all things technology. Integrating music, culture and technology, the Austin Palmer Events Center hosted the most creative and brightest of minds, March 11-13.

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San Antonio natives, The Convergent Media Collective (CMC), hosted their first booth at SXSWCreate.

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CMC members engineered the booth to have two screens and an Xbox Kinect. One screen showcasing highlight videos of CMC’s portfolio of technological pioneering and another screen mirroring the guest’s movements via Xbox Kinect.

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As guests of all ages poured into the events center, each one stopped by the booth to ask questions and see their movements on screen.


While attending, members Andrew Valdez and Carissa Gonzales were interviewed in Microsoft Channel 9 blog showcase video of SXSWCreate.

Click for the entire video of Channel 9 –The Maker Show: Profile – SX Create 2016 @ SXSW

All in the all, guests walked away with more information on what the Convergent Media Collective is and how  we contribute to the community.

SXSWCreate delivers the creative edge for diverse engineers, hackers and DIY’ers alike. The Convergent Media Collective was able to bring awareness to the collective and connect with a new audience.


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Luminaria Take Two: Tortillas and Technology



After being rained out in October of 2015, Luminaria held its second attempt at success. Held at the San Antonio Museum of Art on February 19th, Luminaria showcased a diverse spread of installations and performances ranging from energizing music to cutting-edge technology. Among the great selection of artists was the Convergent Media Collective.

Some of the many talented artists at Luminaria.

Collective member, Andrew Valdez, fuses Latino culture, technology and art by laser printing cultural symbols onto a non-traditional canvas, a tortilla. “Tortillas and Technology is a project that showcases how Latino culture can be integrated with technology and art” said Andrew. “The simplest ideas are usually the most effective ones and I’m glad we are able to share this with the San Antonio community.”

Guests are able to take their photo for a customized tortilla.

With their high-tech equipment in tow, including tortillas, the collective set up in the corner of the SAMA courtyard and began to prepare for the night. The collective came equipped with a one-stop print station, where the guest’s picture would be snapped and then, printed on a tortilla. As the crowd began to pour in, people of all ages and backgrounds flocked to the exhibit with curiosity. The collective members were able to educate each and every person, explaining how the laser cutter functioned and the meaning behind the exhibit.

Overall, Tortillas and Technology was a huge success. 170 photos were taken, of which 50 were printed, along with a countless number of people who experienced the creativity and passion the collective shared. For those that missed an opportunity at a personalized tortilla, 10bitWorks offered the guests a chance to stop by their location and snag a custom tortilla at their convenience.

The integration of Latino culture in Tortillas and Technology was a modern way of sharing Latino culture displayed in inanimate objects. It’s stories like these that in turn, inspire others to learn more about other cultures or their own. Tortillas and Technology, was a great way to learn about these cultural symbols and representations of art and technology fusion.

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