[-empyre-] Re: the media lab environment

Marcus Bastos bastoslistas at gmail.com
Tue Sep 2 22:02:46 EST 2008

Dear Simon,

thanks for your contribution. Also, I would like to thank all the
guests, as well as the others that kindly shared their views on
August's proposed topic.


2008/9/2 Simon Biggs <s.biggs at eca.ac.uk>:
> I've been following the discussion on medialabs and institutional versus
> independent and collective models with interest. However, I've 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 Master's 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...
> Regards
> Simon
> Professor Simon Biggs
> edinburgh college of art
> s.biggs at eca.ac.uk
> www.eca.ac.uk
> simon at littlepig.org.uk
> www.littlepig.org.uk
> AIM/Skype: simonbiggsuk
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> From: marc garrett <marc.garrett at furtherfield.org>
> Subject: Re: [-empyre-]  the media lab environment
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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.
> marc
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