Tuesday, September 4, 2012

[Yasmin_discussions] Art-Science-Technology in China ?


In spite of serious networking we have only one SEAD White Paper from
China ( thank you Annie Wan !)


We are still accepting late white paper proposals addressing
art/science/technology programs

in China and their lessons learned. If you have contacts in China that
might be interested in developing a SEAD

White Paper please drop me at email at rmalina(at)alum.mit.edu . There
are numerous programs in China

"and its neighbors" but our methodology is biased as are all
methodologies ( yes I am post-modern) .


The SEAD is an open international call but suffers from all the
'asymmetries of discourse' that pose real

problems in our art/science/technology community of practice. We are
working in english which works

somewhat in the sciences and engineering, but often not at all in the
arts and humanities. The call has been

issued from the USA which immediately poses a problematic
contextualisation given the cultural

ideologies of the USA. Most of our responses come from people in the
Academy , not the independent creators

and inventors where much of the exciting activity is occuring these
days. The DYI community is barely represented in

the 80 SEAD white paper abstracts. Almost all the white papers re
presented as classic academic proposals- in text-

we received almost no proposals for video white papers or
multi-medial hypertexts.

Here is Annie Wan's Abstract


PS China is not the only (essentially) missing part of the world in
this project.


Coordinator: Annie Wan

Scientific inventions of Ancient China are immensely important to our
global culture and everyday life,
while traditional artworks (paintings and sculptures) possess a long
history in China. In this time of
economic boom in China and its neighbors, science finally meets arts
in various ways, such as usage
of fireworks and gunpowder in Cai Guo Qiang's works, interactive art
by Feng Mengbo, etc. This paper
consists of interviews with artists/ engineers in China (and its
neighbors) and their perspectives of art/ science
collaboration in this socities. The research analyzes differences and
similarities between practices in China
(and its neighbors) and that in Western countries. It also
investigates their definitions of technologically-assisted
art and potential problems in art/ science collaboration. Lastly, it
foresees how to extend the boundaries
of current art/ science collaboration practice, suggests both possible
conceptual and technological
developments to artists/ engineers and academia.


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