[-empyre-] Re: the media lab environment

Mike Stubbs stubbs at easynet.co.uk
Tue Sep 2 22:01:41 EST 2008

what are the groups working on
are there any names in there ?
On 2 Sep 2008, at 09:13, Simon Biggs wrote:

> 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
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> Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2008 19:18:01 +0100
> 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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