As an artist and Co-Director of NAMAC, the National Alliance for Media Art + Culture, Helen De Michiel has been an active participant in ongoing conversations amongst diverse groups about the current state of media arts and the impact of digital technology on artists, arts practice, and culture.

True to the spirit of Helen’s own art work, when I asked to interview her about contemporary media she suggested instead a “dialogue.” We discussed a number of issues that make digital culture “the best and worst of times” for artists, activists, and concerned citizens: technological, aesthetic, and generational divides, new forms and definitions of creativity, the shifting roles of curators, copyright and fair use questions, and the issue of “holistic literacy.” You can find our conversation here in a podcast: