[-empyre-] + a PDF from 2000

Marcus Bastos bastoslistas at gmail.com
Wed Aug 6 00:41:28 EST 2008

Hi Anna,

nice to have you around. This might interest you:


2008/8/4 Anna Munster <A.Munster at unsw.edu.au>:
> Hi All,
> I have rejoined the empyre list after a long absence and especially because
> of this month's topic. I am currently involved in a research project (which
> was given a lot of 'institutional money' in Australia quite surprisingly,
> part of which is now trying to look at media centres, networks and
> collaborative practices in the making, facilitating and ongoing life of new
> media. In this project, I and my research partner (Andrew Murphie) have
> mainly been doing informal interviews with people who might have been
> involved in these centres  and/or who might have left that 'world' in order
> to be involved in looser networks that are less dependent on 'old' new media
> resources and money.
> I have also been involved, for a long time, with various aspects of the
> Australian -based *fibreculture network*. I think what Gabriel has to say is
> really interesting:
>>>> I think the most interesting thing to point out from this story is the
>>>> double process of incomplete institutionalization we went (and are
>>>> always going) through.
>>>> At first, we had to institutionalize ourselves in order to borrow
>>>> equipment from the university. It was this institutionalization that
>>>> made us vulnarable to the lawsuit. This happens everytime: even if we
>>>> do not follow all of a system's ways of proceding, in order to take
>>>> part of it, we must agree to its protocols (I always hear people who
>>>> create art within cellphone networks complaining about this).
> This issue of incomplete institutionalisation seems to always revolve around
> capital-resources in an incredibly raw and obvious way. In a very similar
> way but on a much smaller scale, my research project involves the same thing
> - if I want to see people's work and engage with their processes, I need to
> meet up with them and travel and so I need funds and so I get them from an
> institution - the university.
> I suppose the questions I want to raise here have to do with the increasing
> unsustainability that plagues these  'plans' and processes and the fact that
> it is now getting harder to get resources - a global issue, I know!.
> Universities are becoming increasingly audit and performance obsessed and so
> flying under the radar to do one's own research that isn't carefully
> monitored (especially financially) is now really hard. On top of this, the
> quantitative research models that abound in the university-institution means
> that we constantly have to have outputs, regardless of quality of thought or
> practice. In Australia, I think this means that artists will have a hard
> time in the future. especially younger artists who have not had 'training'
> in the ways of institutions and don't necessarily know how to play the
> double-game, ie speak the lingo to get the money to then do your own thing.
> In this climate it is those artists who have consolidated themselves in cosy
> art-science research centres from the 1990s period who will get the
> resources because they always have. On the upside, their work is usually
> boring, so perhaps we can just ignore it ;-)
> Of course the point is that younger artists and older ones who are bored
> with the 'institution'  go elsewhere - usually into participatory networks
> etc. And we've seen this happening in an explosive way in the last few
> years...and it's great!
> BUT...the issue of sustainability haunts this as well. That is, how do we
> sustain our endless cycles of immaterial labour that we expend in this non
> or semi-institutionalised art network? This indeed is also one of the
> questions Ned raises in his book and of course something he constantly
> raises on fibreculture...an organised network must somehow organise a new
> and sustainable model of labour as well...
> cheers
> Anna
> Dr.Anna Munster
> Senior Lecturer
> School of Art History and Theory
> College of Fine Arts
> P.O. Box 259
> Paddington
> NSW 2021
> 612 9385 0741 (tel)
> 612 9385 0615(fax)
> a.munster at unsw.edu.au
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