[-empyre-] departing Manifest Dynasty
ed at escdotdot.com
Mon Nov 29 23:57:39 EST 2010
Apologies for the late post, and for encroaching on the new forum.
Please bear with me…
This is just to applaud Melinda's fulsome review of November's forum.
I'd also like to extend my own thanks to all who took part and
generously shared their knowledge with the rest of us. I hope everyone
felt they got something out of it, and also that we made some new
contacts that will serve us well in the future.
Melinda's mentioned the shenanigans we experienced around DreamWorlds,
and that made me realize how much I simply take for granted here –
that there are many conflicting influences on any activity, and that
you have to hold your expectations in suspension as at any moment one
of those influences may have a very direct impact on them. As I say,
this is simply part of life and something that you learn to
internalize, I guess. Self-censorship or pragmatism? That's up to the
individuals' conscience, and as with Chunky Move, we all have our
These issues came up quite a lot in our discussions, and maybe were
felt not worth dwelling upon precisely because of their being a "fact
of life". But I think the many questions that were raised around this
subject, focused in part on Ai Weiwei, prove it should be actively
recognized as a major factor in the development of any activity, not
least for media art, and not least in China.
Anyway, as the list is now closed I hope the discussions can live on
in other places. Thanks again!
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