[-empyre-] panelism and conferencism

Tracey M Benson bytetime at gmail.com
Wed Sep 21 14:36:53 EST 2011

Well said Melinda,

For me I have found some the most interesting discussions have come
via lists like -empyre- as at the conference there has not been much
of an opportunity as time has been so compressed

I have had a great time at ISEA and think that some of the challenges
in getting to venues illustrates the complexity of Istanbul, you have
to go with it :-)

What I feel I missed was a strong sense of the Turkish media arts
community - I would have loved to see more Turkish work and discussion
on local/regional issues. BTW - if anyone has the name of the artist
who presented on the boat please let me know (he did the lovely
projection work onto historic buildings).

The organisers did a great job in pulling together a mammoth event
despite all the challenges, and were very responsive to people
concerns about the fees by lowering the pass price for non presenters
(there was quite a bit of posting on nettime about this some months

I didn't get to catch up with half as many peeps as I wanted to and
only about a quarter of the presentations.

The big question - will people be attending future ISEA events? For
sure! Well at least I will be :-)


On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 4:59 PM, Melinda Rackham <melinda at subtle.net> wrote:
> hey all,
>  ISEA is a behemoth-
> it has its geographic and cultural specific issues each year
> and there is discussion, and there is new set of issues the next year
>  and ISEA ferrys continue to sail on..
> however it appears to me ISEA is at a tipping point- it may collapse under its own weight with the  the most problematic and unsustainable issue is the  coprorate model of "panelism and conferencism" that lucas eloquently described.
> the issues are not cultural difference, submachine guns, water qaulity etc  etc etc , but how we route around entrenched outmoded corporate modes of being to find a useful way to really communicate ideas and engage with each other.
> best wishes
> Melinda
> Melinda Rackham
> melinda at subtle.net
> ~~
> Craftivism is a way of looking at life
> where voicing opinions through creativity
> makes your voice stronger,
> your compassion deeper, &
> your quest for justice more infinite.
> ~~ Betsy Greer.
> On 18/09/2011, at 1:47 PM, Lucas Bambozzi wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I am a lazy lurker and did not follow the whole discussion. But for me it seems that the model of panelism and conferencism adopted by ISEA and other related meetings does match the model of Sabanci Centre and commonly lacks the vibrant life outside there. Sao Paulo, a city where I live would not survive without the hundreds of corporate driven conferences filling up expensive hotels and feeding business tourism. I am not sure to which extend ISEA is able to create a model apart from this.
>> Hope the drinks at Nuru Zya will last enough to refresh some discussions around this topic.
>> BEst
>> L.
>> Lucas Bambozzi
>> mobile: +5511 91892338
>> www.lucasbambozzi.net
>> www.artemov.net
>> On 18 Sep 2011, at 05:24, Joseph Delappe wrote:
>>> Hello all!
>>> Simon, I hope to see you in Istanbul!  I leave tomorrow.
>>> Fascinating exchange here regarding ISEA.  Istanbul has been fascinating.  ISEA a bit problematic for sure, from the security checkpoints to the blocked internet access onsite.  Unbelievable from my perspective - donated spaces or not absurd to hold such a gathering in what is essentially a censored corporate environment - perhaps there might have been a workshop the prior week to develop a hack to share with all attendees to break through the great Sabanci Center firewall?
>>> There have been some great presentations although the physical location of the panels and paper presentations feel a bit more like small classrooms than proper spaces for true exchange - these rooms in the 2nd basement of the Sabanci are not set up for true panel presentations - there is literally no space for all the panelists to sit facing the attendees - as such, in the panels I've attended, and even on the panel I chaired ("If you See Something Say Something"http://isea2011.sabanciuniv.edu/panel/say-something), the cramped space has tended to hinder the exchange and discussion.
>>> I am perhaps less surprised by the security at the buildings having read prior to my visit to Istanbul of bombings as recently at 2010.  Each entry to the Biennial has the same metal detectors as the Sabanci center although not the xray scanners for bags.
>>> I had a very interesting experience at the Istanbul Biennial that I would like to share.  We wandered through both of the exhibitions spaces - impressed by some of the works but immediately struck by the absence of any digital work and scant attention to even video art.  Most astounding though, was that we somehow missed the text statements at the two spaces until finally exiting the larger of the two buildings.  Honestly I was quite shocked upon reading that the theme of the biennial was to address "politics and art"?  Was I missing something?  Yes, there were some politically oriented work for certain - most impressively the display of found objects taken from blown up Palestinian homes, Marth Rosler's classic Vietnam Era montage work, Group Material and 1980's AIDS themed artifacts and a few others.  Mostly however, the show seemed to be full of work that was less than "political".  Am I missing something here?  If this exhibition represents the best of political art fr
>  o
>> m
>>> Latin America and the Middle East we are in deep trouble!
>>> Istanbul has been truly amazing however - a bit challenging to find the venues for the exhibitions - the map in the brochure for ISEA is rather useless to be frank. There is something to be said about distributing events throughout a given city but one of such immense proportions as Istanbul presents to serious challenges to visitors.  Nagoya ISEA provided a different model of centralized spaces just adjacent to the conference spaces.  Certainly more convenient while also creating a sense of a critical mass of events and energy.  This ISEA feels a bit dispersed on many levels.
>>> Lastly, it was a very bad idea to schedule ISEA across two weeks?  There are so many academics from the US in particular who are now two, three weeks into our teaching schedules.  This weekend represents a departure of a huge portion of the attendees to ISEA and the arrival of a second group.  We cannot take two weeks off from our teaching duties to participate in such a conference!  Thus the organizers have essentially chosen to bifurcate ISEA.  Very frustrating as our $500+ conference fee seems a waste for being able to participate in roughly 1/2 of a conference.
>>> All the best and hope everyone coming in this weekend or remaining for the full term of the conference h,
>>> Joseph DeLappe
>>> Professor
>>> Digital Media Studio
>>> Department of Art/224
>>> University of Nevada, Reno
>>> Reno, Nevada 89557
>>> 775-784-6624
>>> delappe at unr.edu
>>> http://www.delappe.net
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