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 <> Date: August 30, 2006 2:37:32 PM PDT To: soft_skinned_space <> Subject: Re: [-empyre-] PRNMS :stories and silences

Hello everyone,

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, community etc.

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 contributed.


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