Digitization of the Christian Imagination Conference

Digitization of the Christian Imagination Conference

CIVA | Christians in the Visual Arts and Biola University’s Center for Christianity, Culture & The Arts are hosting the 10th Annual Biola Arts Symposium on Saturday, March 7, 2015.

The Digitization of the Christian Imagination: Exploring the challenges and opportunities of digital technology on the imaginative life of the Christian artist.

Biola CIVA CCCA Arts SymposiumFeatured presenters include: new-media artist, Joshua Clayton; television critic and screenwriter, Jeff Jensen; author, Karen Swallow-Prior; visual worship curator, Stephen Proctor; and creative entrepreneur, Dane Sanders. Together, they will be explore the challenges and opportunities of digital technology on the imaginative life of the Christian artist. In conjunction with the symposium there will be an evening concert by dynamic husband and wife duo Over the Rhine, as well as a noontime Gallery Opening for Coded Image a special exhibition featuring digital art in the Earl and Virginia Green Art Gallery.

Calvary Chapel | Crowell Conservatory of Music
This conference reflects a collaborative, interdisciplinary spirit and strives to provide an environment in which investigations, explorations and connections are nurtured—an arena where conference attendees are exposed to rich ideas, encouraged to ask careful questions, and engage culture in sensitive and thoughtful ways.

MORNING SESSION #1 | 9:00 – 10:30
Unique Opportunities in a Digitized World
Presentations by Dane Sanders, Karen Swallow Prior, Joshua Clayton,
& Stephen Proctor

COFFEE BREAK | 10:30 – 11:00

Dane Sanders interview with Jeff Jensen

All conference attendees are invited to the official opening of the symposium art exhibition where a time of good food, live music, great conversation, and opportunities to informally interact with keynote speakers will take place.

Five stimulating hour-long workshops led by our speakers and Biola personnel.
Choose one of the following:

  1. The Expressive Potential of Computational Media
    With NYC digital artist Joshua Clayton and art professor Jonathan Anderson
  2. Song Writing Workshop
    With Over the Rhine: Linford Detweiler and Karin Berquist
  3. Hannah More: A Model for 21st Century Culture Makers
    With author Karen Swallow Prior and Torrey professor Melissa Schubert
  4. Digital/Visual Worship
    With digital worship curator Stephen Proctor and Arts Initiative Director at Saddleback Church, Jason Leith
  5. Consuming Culture
    With Jeff Jensen, Brett McCracken, and film professor Lisa Swain

Musical Interlude with Over the Rhine | 3:00 – 3:15

The Digitization of the Christian Imagination: Questions & Concerns | 3:15 – 4:30
Cultural Critic Brett McCracken leads our speakers in a provocative discussion about some of the key issues related to technology, creativity and faith.

Lansing Recital Hall, Crowell Conservatory of Music
Tickets: General $10 | FREE (conference attendees/all students)

After 25 years as a band, Over The Rhine’s husband-and-wife duo, Linford Detweiler and Karin Berquist continue to produce smart, nuanced music dealing with love, doubt, and faith. According to Image Journal their 13 CDs are “lush, literate, and critically acclaimed,” and Paste Magazine has listed them among the 100 Best Living Songwriters.


Joshua Clayton is a New York-based artist. 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. He teaches at New York University.

Jeff Jensen, TV Critic for Entertainment Weekly, became the authoritative blogging voice for the hit TV show LOST. Jensen’s theories caught the attention of LOST co-creator Damon Lindelof, who recruited Jensen to be a co-writer for the Disney film Tomorrowland, slated to be released in May 2015. In addition, Jensen has won the Eisner Award for his graphic novel, Green River Killer: A True Detective Story.

Brett McCracken is the author of Hipster Christianity: When Church & Cool Collide and Gray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism & Liberty. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN.com, The Princeton Theological Review, Mediascape, Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Relevant, IMAGE Journal, Converge and Q Ideas.

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 and Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me.  She is a contributing writer for Christianity Today, The Atlantic, In Touch, and Think Christian. Her writing has also appeared in Comment, Relevant, Books and Culture, Fieldnotes, The Well, and Salvo.

Stephen Proctor, a visual worship leader, uses video projections as instruments of worship. He continues the tradition of illuminated manuscripts through cutting-edge technology and production, as he illuminates churches with light and movement, creating spaces for full-sensory worship. In addition, Proctor creates visuals for indie bands across the country.

Dane Sanders is a noted photographer, author, and speaker. Both he and his work have been featured in numerous photography publications. Author of Fast Track Photographer and host of weekly online broadcast www.AskDane.com, Dane offers Fast Track workshops around the world.




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