State of the Arts 2010

State of the Arts 2010

On Saturday, June 19th 2010 c3: VisionLAB presented STATE OF THE ARTS: 2010, a symposium addressing future trends in the Arts and Media and their function in Culture and Society.   Inspired in part by the LA Opera Ring, this inquiry also functioned as a celebration of the Ring Festival LA and served as an inaugural event to launch the creation of a global arts and media node in partnership with the The Millennium Project and the State of the Future annual report.  This unique symposium served as a transdisciplinary inquiry into the future of and function of art and media in society by bringing together thought leaders in the areas of the arts and media, technology, science, creativity and consciousness studies.  For more information and photos please visit

Ring FestLA Opera
Ring Fest

More than a century ago, composer Richard Wagner conceived his epic four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen as a festival event that completely engaged the city of Bayreuth, Germany. In 2010, LA Opera joined forces with more than 75 cultural and educational institutions in Los Angeles to stage Ring Festival LA. Southern Californians and cultural tourists from around the world will be able to enjoy a wide variety of special exhibitions, performances, symposia and special events all centered on LA Opera’s presentation of Wagner’s Ring cycle in 2010, the first time that the epic masterwork will be presented in its entirety in Los Angeles.

LA Opera LogoRing Festival LA events took place in a wide variety of venues throughout Southern California from April 15 through June 30, 2010, with each organization providing its own unique point of view on the influences of Wagner’s art and philosophy from the 19th century to the present day.


The State of the Arts 2010 Symposium presented a unique perspective on cutting edge trends in the arts and media, and their effect on society and culture.  The symposium examined the function of art and media in society, how emerging communications and technologies are changing the arts and media, what new forms of art and media might emerge in the coming decade, and the social impact and responsibility of creating with conscious intent,  from a cross-disciplinary perspective.

The State of the Arts 2010 Symposium is an annual one-day international eventdesigned to highlight the unique marriage of art, media and technology in our evolving tech-driven age and to look at the future with a perspective of how the power of Arts, Media and Entertainment can foster global change.

Some of our Panel Highlights from this year’s SOA 2010 Symposium

Panel 2 – Arts & Media in the Digital Age

Panel 3 – Immersive and Interactive Arts

Panel 5 – Trans-Cultural Creation: The Global Landscape of Arts and Media