Tuesday, November 22, 2011

[Yasmin_discussions] YASMIN discussion : Networking 5.0: Networks of Networks in Art-Science-Technology

Networking 5.0: Networks of Networks in Art-Science-Technology

Yasminers- I would like to stimulate a discussion over the coming days


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title="yasmin discussion list"></a>

about the new intense wave of developments of networks in our

I have just returned from the US National Science Foundation workshop \
At the Maryland Institute College of Art on the Network for Science,
Engineering, Art and Design (NSEAD) hosted by Gunalan. Nadarajan,
a good friend of Emerging the Art-Science-Technology field.

( http://malina.diatrope.com/2011/11/12/nsf-art-science-workshop-at-maryland-institute-college-of-art-nov-14-and-15-2011/
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The last time I worked with Gunalan was at the REFRESH conference at
Banff in Canada when with Oliver Grau, Sara Diamond, Annick Bureaud,
Susan Kennard and an international committee we organized the first
International Conference on Histories of the Media Arts, Sciences
and Technology in 2005 :

(http://www.banffcentre.ca/bnmi/programs/archives/2005/refresh/lisiten.asp ),
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)," title="refresh"></a>

The network that was initiated at that conference has continued to self mobilize
With the latest conference being held in Liverpool

One of the outcomes from this conference at FACT was a manifesto
organized by Oliver
Grau, Sean Cubitt and Ross Harley which has now been signed by over
100 members of our community:

<a href="http://www.mediaarthistory.org " title="manifesto"></a>

which has as its goals :

a.) Establish international and sustainable funding structures
Therefore it is essential to establish international and sustainable
funding structures that can guarantee the persistence of
these valuable resources, and to make use of networked collaboration
to archive key data in a cooperative process of knowledge
transfer between artists, institutions and researchers internationally. ..

b.) Supporting an International Association/Institution for Shared Data
We urgently need global networked collaboration in Media Art research
across the aforementioned networks.
We need as many bridges into society as possible: archives,
conferences, text repositories, collective database
documentation, and preservation

You can sign the manifesto at : http://www.mediaarthistory.org/
<a href="http://www.mediaarthistory.org/" title="manifesto"></a>

This week at the MICA workshop the group (following the work of several other
Workshops between the US National Science Foundation and the US National
Endowment for the Arts ) concluded that a new Network for Science- Engineering-
Art- Design was needed as an advocacy organization for the emerging fields of
Science/Engineering- Art/Design Practice.

The week before I participated in a conference at IKAS-ARTS in Bilabo on the
Invitation of Natxo Rodriguez:

(http://www.ikas-art.com/ )
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It is a network of 11 art and design schools in Spain, France and


There was discussion there of how this network could bid for funding
as a European
Creative Regions.

An initiative Regional Studies Association Research Network on
Creative Regions in Europe is another
network that includes members of our community:

<a href="http://www.creative-regions.eu/" title="creative

We seem to have emerged in a new wave of institution building in art-science-
Technology and 'networks' is where the action (and the funding is) !!

There have been a number of 'waves' that historians such as Eddie Shanken
have described of the kinds of institutions that have been build to
bridge our creative communities
( Bauhaus, EAT/CAVS.., Media Lab/Ars/V2…. ISEA was founded in 1990,
YASMIN was created in 2000 HASTAC,…….).

I guess my question is: are we entering an era of new ways that we
organize ourselves ?
Are we now in the era of 'networks of networks"? Operating networks
takes larges amount of time and resources.
How does a sustainable 'network of networks" organize itself (do we
follow the power Law of many scale free networks
as described by complex network science, ( with amazon and google
dominating the rest ? ) See Barabasi Scale-Free Networks: A Decade
and Beyond. :

<a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/content/325/5939/412.full "

Or are we creating a dense network with a different structure that
doesn't follow a
Power law see Matthias Scholz ?

<a href="http://www.network-science.org/similaritymodel.html"
title="non scale free"></a>

Or does the long tail have the real impact ?

On the YASMIN list we have many people who have set up and participated in
Networks in art/science/technology . It would be great to have some
discussion of the new systems we are
Building and how we design them to really do what we want.

See you on YASMIN


Roger Malina
Yasmin Co Moderator

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