Friday, March 20, 2009

[Yasmin_announcements] April 2009 Discussion / NEW MEDIA: USER'S BEHAVIOUR, SOCIAL SYSTEMS, AND THE BODY POLITIC

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Our topic:

This discussion deals with how (new) media can affect local behaviours related to creativity and innovation within a socio-political context, and what is the link between politic and the ways that users behave.
We are interested in exploring how artistic and cultural expression in a given location can be affected by global networked systems, and the interactions with social systems and behaviours. The Intention behind artworks vs. new media as a device for being in touch, so for being creative.

SMS strategies can affect politics and democracy, especially with programs based on mass voting via SMS; depending on the voting results, this social activity can challenge  the community isolation versus the fear of dissolution into a more regional or global system.
Politics uses (new) media when planning and imagining dozens of utopian models for the country; but media power is explored on the other hand by artists who reflect the absurdity of the politic.

Virtual social networks maintain difficult relations caused by economical necessities that force families to disperse physically in order to seek living. In this vibrant atmosphere, the identity and belonging convictions are often scrambled by the eclectic media content.
Questions that are raised include:
- Is (new) media a tool which reinforces people's creativity and how it is expressed in terms of social behaviour?
- How are democracy and social connectivity via new media related?
- Are global and local systems two separate entities, or is it about one place?
- What is the impact of the media content on identity in your socio-politic sphere?
- How is the economy affecting visual forms of communication?
- Do artworks emerge from a specific Intention or from media models constrained by business requirements?
- What new roles do virtual social networks adopt to maintain difficult relations?
Till soon,
Ricardo Mbarkho
Ricardo Mbarkho
C/o Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts
PoBox: 55-251 Sin El Fil
Beirut - Lebanon
Mobile : +961 3 717 703
Ricardo Mbarkho
Ricardo Mbarkho is an artist and teacher. He was born in Beirut , Lebanon , in 1974. His works and lectures take part in many publications, media, and in education and art institutions and events in Lebanon and internationally. His work questions identity and relations related issues. He received his Art Diplomas from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and Ecole Supérieure d'Etudes Cinématographiques, Paris , France and from Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts, Beirut . He also completed an exchange study program at Carnegie Mellon University , Pittsburgh , PA , USA . He teaches art, video, and new media at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts, Beirut . Currently, he lives and works in Lebanon and France .

Invited Respondents:

Annie Paul

Annie Paul works at the University of the West Indies, Mona , Jamaica , where she heads the Annie Paul works at the University of the West Indies, Mona , Jamaica , where she heads the Publications Section of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES). She is a founding editor of the journal Small Axe (Duke University Press) and the recipient of a grant from the Prince Claus Fund ( Netherlands ) in support of her book project, Suitable Subjects: Visual Art and Popular Culture in Postcolonial Jamaica. She has also been a contributor to the prestigious Documenta11; the AICA 2000 International Congress & Symposium at the Tate Gallery of Modern Art, London; Meridien Masterpieces, BBC World Service; Dialogos Iberoamericanos (Valencia, Spain); the Guangzhou Triennale and in forums sponsored by Iniva (Institute of International Visual Art, London). Paul is author of the blog Active Voice ( and
her website is:
Eugenio Tisselli Vélez
Born in Mexico City , 1972. Writer, teacher and programmer. His areas of interest include digital narratives and technology as a tool/medium for social research. His work (installation, performance, software, text and has been featured in different festivals and exhibitions around the world, and is available at . He is the developer of, a mobile communication project for groups in risk of exclusion, initiated by Antoni Abad. He worked as an Associate Researcher at Sony Computer Science Lab in Paris . Currently, he is a teacher and co-director of the Master in Digital Arts at the Pompeu Fabra University , Barcelona .


Delphine Tonglet
Graduated in History of Art, Delphine Tonglet collaborates with Studio Azzurro, an Italian group of video creation from 2000 to 2008 as responsible for public relations ( During her collaboration with Studio Azzurro she followed the project "Méditations Méditerranées, a two years production  presented as a exhibition dedicated to Mediterranean area interpreted with new technologies language and other productions for exhibitions or museums dedicated to various thematic with a particular attention on territories aspects and visitor's involvement. For Studio Azzurro, she coordinated various research projects financed by European Commission, a first one dedicated to digital libraries ( and a second one dedicated to multimodal interfaces applied to digital theatre (; She also followed RAMI a Mediterranean project focused on Encounters on Arts and Multimedia (
). In 2009, she started a new collaboration with, a global internet retailing partner for the leading fashion and design brand as coordinator of special projects, multidisciplinary projects related to fashion, culture, design and art.
Tereza Wagner
Tereza Wagner an art historian and a UNESCO Senior Programme Specialist dealing with arts and creative issues Her graduate and undergraduate degrees are from Paris V University, France, including a doctorate in Anthropology of Contemporary Arts. Former member of UNESCO's Arts and Cultural Enterprise Division, she is now in charge of the co-ordination of cultural events within the Cultural sector of UNESCO. During her career in UNESCO, her work operates within the framework of a professional team of specialists on an international scale: They initiated the UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts, which includes the new UNESCO Digital Award; and launched an international campaign for film restoration including an international festival of recently restored films; and a programme for the teaching of arts which lead to the creation of the LEA International web site; and to the
holding of the first World Conference on Arts Education "Building Creative Capacities for the 21st Century" (March 2006, Lisbon, Portugal). She leaded the DigiArts programme: UNESCO Knowledge Portal, an initiative to promote ICT creative tools and e-Learning among people at school level. She has also published articles on African cinema, African contemporary arts and arts education in specialised magazines.
UNESCO, 7, pl. de Fontenoy 75007 Paris, France
Tel: + (33) 1 45 68 43 25; Fax: 45 68 55 89   

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