The Art of Transformation (AoT) is a free and online experimental media platform for the democratic and collaborative creation of public knowledge, consensus, and vision. It is a hybrid of software, filmmaking, and other media that serves as a virtual public square, recognizing that valuable knowledge comes from all societal members—everyday residents, scholars, public officials, artists, activists, storytellers, students, and teachers.
Through special software that runs a web browser, AoT allows the public to add, create, and modify public knowledge and vision (catch an early glimpse by exploring here at this link). It combines several well-established digital media conventions including geographic and conceptual mapping, media playing, and a “wiki” form of governance—there are no gatekeepers, only other users.
AoT is being researched, developed, and produced at the Imaging Research Center at UMBC. It is funded by UMBC, partially through a generous grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Baltimore Stories project. Please connect with us at https://www.facebook.com/ArtTransform/.
This is a brand new site, and there will be much more here soon, so please stop in again.