[-empyre-] Re: the media lab environment

Simon Biggs s.biggs at eca.ac.uk
Tue Sep 2 18:13:04 EST 2008

I¹ve been following the discussion on medialabs and institutional versus
independent and collective models with interest. However, I¹ve been too busy
the last couple of weeks involved in an arts research lab, similar to what
has been discussed, to participate.

If you go to http://hosted.simonbiggs.easynet.co.uk/circle/ you will find a
webpage about the people (group) involved and a link to the work and some
initial documentation of what we were doing. We only finished at the end of
last week, so things are very initial. There will be a lot more material
going up over the next few days, weeks and months as we process our data and
evaluate initial outcomes.

I apologise for the pages being on my personal website. This is an (arguably
positive) example of the balance that can be made between independent and
institutional activities. The college where I am based and its partner
organisation (the University) are keen for this material to be on their own
research websites but, as is usually the case with institutions, they are
unable to move fast enough to get the material up before we do. The pages
will transfer shortly to the college servers.

This lab project is expected to be the first of many we run. Our objective
is to establish a sustainable research platform that will facilitate the
work of all those currently involved as well as new potential members,
permanent or temporary. We seek to ensure a balance of experienced
researchers and those relatively new to this way of working - as can be seen
from the involvement of both independents and PhD candidates, who are not
involved as second-class participants but are equal members of a group which
is organised without heirarchies. Our expectation is that this research
platform will facilitate both individual and collaborative research and link
into pedagogical activities through our PhD and Master¹s programs. We hope
that the success of our first lab will lead to more resources being
available and ultimately our securing some significant research council
support. Happily we are working in the UK where experimental arts practice
is recognised by the research councils as something they can fund as
research and where the sort of hybrid and interdisciplinary work we are
seeking to do is encourgaged and facilitated. That said, the total pot of
money nationally for this or similar work is small and not likely to get any
bigger. Competition for the funds is intense and there are many worthy
initiatives deserving of funding. But we will see...



Professor Simon Biggs
edinburgh college of art
s.biggs at eca.ac.uk

simon at littlepig.org.uk
AIM/Skype: simonbiggsuk

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Hi all,

I had written some more words, but have I just saved them instead,
because some of what I had wrote was well discussed recently by Danny,
Johannes & Anna anyway.

It is a shame that the discussion took place through August, whilst many
were away on their holidays.

I just wanted to say thanks for having me...

I hope that there will be another opportunity for us all and 'more' to
discuss such themes/issues/ideas again soon.




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