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Sunday, February 15 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
'Alternative Art' - Or: The Answer to the Question, 'Well, Just Go Make Your Own'

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the common kneejerk reaction to any sort of vocalization of dissent / displeasure coming from a marginalized voice is the end-all-be-all ultimate tools of silencing artists with things to say: "speak with your art, not your words" or "make your own."

in 2014, we took those phrases to heart and planted the seeds for alternative networks, methods of funding, and ways of distribution. this new wave of "alternative games" has spurned a small, but growing movement of people who are tired of the industry constantly shoving marginalized people to the side.

but how do we make this last, and how do we make it stronger, and how do we avoid the common pitfalls of other creative / tech industries? how do we take this arguably "punk" or "rebel" ideology and build something useful and important out of it? how do we take what we're building and make it a genuine alternative for the industry?

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tj thomas

tj thomas is a Black artist from Seattle, focusing on pixel art, game development, music, and activism in games communities. tj is the founder of alpha six productions, the creator of the #indiE3 Project, and the designer / animator of The Joylancer: Legendary Motor Knight, as well... Read More →

Sunday February 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:00pm EST
Bartos Theater First Floor

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