Well, that depends on who you are and what you do. If you're an academic then you would come to DAC because it is a conference that is serious about being a collaborative and interdisciplinary event where the papers are intended to be precursors to serious conversation. DAC specifically brings together a diverse range of theoretical views and practices, addressing a range of new media, because we believe that interdisciplinary and collaborative work is the basis for moving forward on key theoretical and practitioner based problems in digital arts and culture.
Too many conferences are simply 'talk and walk' events where you present work that you treat as finished, closed, and more or less outside of criticism. You answer a few questions, say hello to people you already know and possibly meet a few new people. You'll attend sessions that pretty much reinforce what you think you're already interested in, hear more papers that think they've got the answer, and perhaps ask a question. This is not going to happen at DAC.
At DAC all papers are available to all participants prior to the conference, and co-session speakers are expected to have read each others papers, and to have prepared open questions about each others work. These questions are not of the "good paper but you're wrong and if you have done x, y, and z (ie. written like I would have) then you'd be right." The questions will be specifically framed to draw out what is useful, productive, problematic, innovative in each others papers.
It is a conference about engaging with ideas, establishing peer networks, collaboration, and creative critical thinking.Posted by amiles at April 6, 2003 03:30 PM