Re: [-empyre-] PRNMS :stories and silences Forward from Joel Slayton
Hi all, our mailman software keeps rejecting Joel's post, which he
sent us earlier this morning. Herewith as forward.
From: Joel Slayton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: August 30, 2006 2:37:32 PM PDT
To: soft_skinned_space <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: [-empyre-] PRNMS :stories and silences
Thank you Christina and empyre for hosting this discussion. The
feedback and commentaries are important to us. Perhaps it is useful
for the readers if I recapitulate the premise of the Summit as a
process rather than outcome.
In contrast to ISEA2006, the Summit was intended as an emergent
process through which 8 international collaborative working groups
would meet to discuss their activities and outcomes. As a compliment
to the Symposium and Festival where artworks, authored papers, and
curated and juried artworks are presented, the Summit was intended to
focus on the actualities of inter-cultural collaboration by providing
a forum for intimate discourse and conversation. The Working Groups
were organized by the Chairs and the specific focus of activities
defined by the members along with whatever working process, agenda
and objectives made sense to them. As a platform the Summit provided
an opportunity to enable a set of interactions well in advance of the
ISEA2006 and serve as a stepping stone for extruding what I referred
to as transactions spaces that might evolve beyond the ISEA2006/
ZeroOne San Jose.
Why did we do it? Well, San Jose is Pacific (in the globalized sense
of the term). The histories, demographics, ethnicities, cultures,
economy and politics are framed with in the dynamic of the regions
networks and relations. For us, it was a logical to take the
position of learning more about who we are and what we might become
through listening to the intelligences and experience of others.
That was the objective, to open up, to learn, to share, to become
informed by other perspectives.
We, of course, recognized that the politics are complicated and
scaled across various imaginaries and theoretical positions. It is
unreasonable to assume that there is a shared politic, economic or
social that is dominant. My selection of Lu Jie and Saskia Sassen as
keynotes for ISEA were chosen specifically to illustrate the
complexity represented in the gaps, the analytic borders and
displaced spaces of operation that are raised in discourses on
globalization, urbanization, trans-nationalism, migration, locality,
In my closing remarks I stated my view that the Paciifc Rim is a
hueristic for navigating these issues and conditions with respect for
plurality, not something to be defined. From that perspective Raqs
Pacific Parables fit nicely.
I extend my warmest regards and thanks to everyone who attended and
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