The digital revolution has given people unprecedented opportunities to share, connect and create, but what impact does it have on creativity and the arts today? That is the central question explored by “PressPausePlay,” a documentary film that premieres in Chattanooga at the Hunter Museum of Art Thursday at 6 p.m.
Local artist and organizer Christian J. Collier is partnering with the Hunter Museum to present the film as well as a panel of local artists who will discuss the film and the impact of technology on Chattanooga’s artistic community.
The film is examines how technology and digital culture have changed the face of the modern arts and if that shift is necessarily a good thing. The documentary features interviews with a slew of acclaimed artists and creative minds including electronic musician Moby, Seth Godin, and Lena Dunham, whose show “Girls” recently concluded a successful first season on HBO.
This past January, Collier, the creative force behind the local MANIFEST series, watched the documentary at the request of a friend and was instantly moved. He reached out to Stockholm, Sweden where the filmmakers reside and started a dialogue with them about bringing “PressPausePlay” to Chattanooga after speaking with Adera Causey, who is the curator of Education for the Hunter.
General admission for the event is $9.95. For members of the museum, admittance is free. Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion that will feature Isaac Duncan, Phillip Lewis, Nate Hill and Christian Collier. The premiere will also serve as the first step of an ongoing initiative to delve deeper into the relationship between technology and the arts.