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Preparing equipment to document a new story. Photo by Eric Pearse Chávez

Preparing equipment to document a new story. Photo by Eric Pearse Chávez

:: All of these stories would be told in quite a different way, if at all, without the use of modern digital technology. This NEA Arts issue focuses on how expanded digital technology has affected the arts world. So, in the case of Localore and Sonic Trace, the question is, How has technology transformed the way the stories are told?

Diaz-Cortes: "What digital media offers is this promise of reworking and reconstructing all the elements of the story. You can expand a story in all these different ways. So many kids in LA are on Facebook, and they’re sharing stuff with the city all day long. It’s the fact that these stories can live on all these different platforms. They can be transported from here in LA to the highlands of Oaxca. It’s been really exciting and key for Sonic Trace."