[spectre] noted, but the issues?
shu lea cheang
shulea at earthlink.net
Sat Aug 20 20:11:30 CEST 2005
who squats who?
(do i sound like i am anti-institution?)
yes, i am an institution slut.
"we all love institutions" repeat: in-sti-tu-tions (a la AM)
>>>>i cannot really say much about the actual role that the ICC has
>>>>played in japan over the last 10 years, besides being a beacon of
>>>>internationally oriented activities with high-profile events, and
>>>>certainly an important motor of discourse. what i am concerned
>>>>about is that, just as the existence of ICC, ZKM, AEC have until
>>>>now worked as an argument to support smaller media art
>>>>initiatives all over the world, the demise of the ICC could be
>>>>used by local politicians everywhere as an argument that 'media
>>>>art is finished' ... - so, not least, i am afraid that we might
>>>>face a communication problem when we talk about public funding,
>>>>if this trend continues.
The pattern of importing/presenting high profile artists/events for icc,
(we all have to have one jeffrey shaw!!) is transparent.
meanwhile, I believe a generation of young japanese artists are cultivated,
who finally was presented at icc, but have also taken the lead to
go 'somewhere', not only cycle back to the 'west', but in japan,
setting up mobile units in their own domain/terrain..
What's at issue can not be 'media art is finished' being used by
local politicians everywhere. But recognize the corporate funding era
(ibm, at&t, sun, to name a few) is gone and how the public funding
has to be pulled in for its continuity and next era. Take it
positively, the mobile technology has
allowed the roaming residency possible and now, we face the public.
short for now-
not just sittinground posing
hook line and sinker
take the bite
>Sure we are already going/ gone and not just sitting round posing
>"intro retro" existential questions. But that doesn't prevent asking
>where, why, how. Even while we work our arses off simply to try to
>maintain/ build environments that are open to artistic energies.
>Inside and outside institutions.
>Who squats who? Old question, very intro retro and without an
>answer. What is there to squat, and for whom? That's perhaps a
>trickier one: as Armin said, in the end, if there are no
>institutions at all, what happens to the field?
>hooked squirming fish dodging sharks though that would be a noble
>death and at least I'd shut up
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