I have been part of a few discussions on ISEA2011 on other lists, and it is refreshing to read Colette's positive summary. It makes me wish that I had chosen what to attend more carefully - and i look forward to seeing more about these panels on line. So much to do in so many days - and the compression led to a certain overload at times, that I believe that some of the best discussions to come may take place in the post-isea blogosphere. I plan to create blog for the panel that i chaired, and which ended up being far too compressed for the open discussion that that we now envision. (an aside - we had a free google site for the panel that we had planned to make live after ISE but I discovered that google sites are blocked in Turkey, although most smart Turkish people get around this by putting in an IP address that is from another country)
A small correction to your thoughtful post. Turkey is not "still in development" - it is rather newly engaging more conversation with Western Europe/North America. (by new I mean last decade, not just this year). Turkish culture is quite developed, and has been for centuries. I was surprised to find ISEA goers who did not know/remember that less than 100 years ago Istanbul was the center of a great Empire with influence that extended throughout Eastern Asia and the Middle East, and into Europe. Several Turkish artists that I spoke with found it distressing that those coming from the countries that are now in power think of Turkey as under-developed.
Cynthia Beth Rubin
I have participed to ISEA for the 3rd time (Nagoya, Singapore, Istanbul), and it is still a big event in many ways and not only in quantity but in the quality of programm and discussions. It is an amazing brainstorming where people from so many countries can exchange about so many medias and practices, and in addition get some thinking, theories, and perspectives about electronic and digital tools and culture.
Some little things that I can say :
- it was so important to cross electronic art (ISEA) and contemporary art (Istanbul biennal) in a place, it means in a city, and a city as Istanbul , that is still in development, and at the junction of Europe and Asia... Now we have to know where can be the junctions between these practices : are they so different, are they in the same fields, are they in different economies, how to think their environment, technics, modes of production and diffusion ? We can see that the exhibitions for the practices and conferences for the theory are still the way to present them. In which kind of public area, in which modes of knowledge and culture can we share our experiments and creation, thinking and theory ? Can it be a way to explore the future of isea ? Can it be a way to invent some new tools, new objects (as things), new spaces ? For example, I was very interested by the experimentation by the Collectif Nunc www.nunc.com to explore the rôle of the catalogue as a way of knowledge, and creation ; and it is only one example
- I was very interesseted too by the Mediterranean forum on digital culture, and the links with the arabic revolution. It was such appropriate to speak about that in an other mediterranean country, and to learn about how people used the digital and global media in one part of the world, that could be seen as a local revolution, but concerning the total humanity. And also it would be great to follow the discussion, cause : the revolution is going on and needs to be thinked to be realized, and new models seem to be necessary to invent. But, in that way, it is not only a local problem, but a global, if we think to the difficulties that each country can have with the economic crise. New medias could help to these non institutionnal exchanges. And help to find ways to invent a virtual global public space
At the end I want to think all the people that organized this ISEA, and above all to think Baruch Gotlieb who was my panel chair about The persistence of hardware. I think we have open the beginning of a discussion about the electronic and digital environment that concern material, energy, production, economy, culture… that it would be important to follow and to developp cause it is a very crucial question in the use of these technology and its consequences, that is not so immaterial…
Regards to all
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