[-empyre-] August 2006 on -empyre- : peripatetic pacific

dear -empyreans-

We'd like to invite everyone into an open mike on Pacific Rim and new media practice, in terms of two metaphors, 'journey' and 'bridges'. At ISEA this year, there's a Pacific Rim New Media Summit (PRNMS) going on August 7 and 8. I'll be attending the summit at the invitation of the organizers, as a reporter for - empyre-. It's my hope that I 'll be able to bring some guests from the summit into a more extensive discussion with our list subsequenty this month.

In keeping with our networked sense of community as soft-skinned space we 'd like to generate some discussion throughout the non- summit as it were-- the plains, oceans, valleys, cities of new media For this we're keying off of a provocative artists manifesto by Raqs Media Collective (Delhi) (quoted from the recent Place, Ground and Practice in Asia Pacific New Media Arts, December 2005, Auckland) http://culturalfutures.place.net.nz/ Raqs conceptualizes practice in terms of 'journey' and 'journeyman'.

"The first imperative, that of crossing borders, translates as scepticism of the rhetoric of bounded identities, and relates to the role of the practitioner as a 'journeyman', as the peripatetic who maps an alternative world by her journey through it. The second, of building a shelter against the odds of the law, insists however on a practice that is located in space, and rooted in experience, that houses itself in a concrete 'somewhere' on its own terms, not of the powers that govern spaces. It is this fragile insistence on provisional stability, which allows for journeys to be made to and from destinations, and for the mapping of routes with resting places in between."
-- Raqs Media Collective, 'X Notes on Practice'

It's also interesting to read of the hopes for the summit as a bridging mechanism (quoted from the ISEA PRNMS site http://01sj.org/ content/blogcategory/69/87/
From the outset we thought of the Summit as a mechanism to encourage and facilitate international cooperation with an eye to sustainable relationships. Understandably this approach is not without difficulties and, as desired, it has been an emergent process rather than directorial. We view the Summit as a point along a trajectory of building ‘interpretive bridges’ that broaden all of our capacities for creative and intellectual exchange. By focusing the Summit on sustainable ‘outcomes’ it is our objective to facilitative cooperative agendas that enable creative production, research and cultural/political practice that challenge current models of cooperation. The Summit is not an attempt to simply become comfortable with one another or to suggest that collaboration is not without controversy, dissent and disagreement. The Summit is also about the collisions of ideology and manifesto. It is about trying to work through the problematics of diversity and difference.

Hope that this juxtaposition of two images is provocative especially in relationship to your experience and insights along the Pacific Rim .

all the best


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