[-empyre-] empyre: Resistance is futile, ISEA, Sydney 2013 - week 3

BIGGS Simon s.biggs at ed.ac.uk
Mon Jul 15 10:36:43 EST 2013


Welcome to week three of empyre's July 2013 discussion: Resistance is futile, ISEA Sydney, 2013

Thank you to Paul Sermon, Charlotte Gould and Gary Warner, who reflected and meditated upon ISEA and related subjects, offering us personal and critical views of our month's theme. Thanks to everyone for writing and reading.

Our guests during the second week (July 15-21) of our discussion about ISEA are:

Deborah Ely (AU) is Chief Executive Officer at Bundanon Trust and convenor of the interdisciplinary, site based, project SITEWORKS. Prior to taking up her position at Bundanon Trust, an arts, education and research organisation, she was the Visual Arts and Craft Manager at Arts NSW. Previous positions include Director of the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney; founding Director of the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne; Coordinator of the first Experimenta festival of new media in Australia and Visual Arts Director of Watershed Media Centre in the UK. She was trained in Britain as a painter and art historian.

Garth Paine (US/AU) is a composer, musician and ­academic. He is the Interim Director of the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University where he is also a Professor of Digital Sound and Interactive Media. He previously established and directed the Virtual, Interactive, Performance Research environment (VIPRe) in Sydney, Australia. Garth was an early explorer of interactive responsive environments where the inhabitant generates the sonic landscape through their presence and behaviour. These explorations extended to scores for dance, generated through real-time video tracking and/or bio-sensing of dancers. His work has been shown throughout Australia, Europe, Japan, USA, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

Before proceeding to the third week's discussion we will again outline July's discussion, engaging the themes and activities underlying and emerging from this year's International Symposium of Electronic Arts, held in and around Sydney, Australia during June 2013. The primary theme for ISEA was "resistance is futile". How are we to interpret this? Resistance to what? The conference programme offered a positive take on this statement - proposing that the electronic arts have moved from the margins to occupy a central role in contemporary culture. But has this happened - and, if it has, is it generally the case or only so in certain contexts?

Other themes were also apparent at ISEA. Important questions were asked about:
- sustainability - how this can be achieved in relation to the environment but also how artists, arts groups, academics and activists might ensure their activities are sustainable as the processes of technologisation and globalisation unfold?
- notions of the human - what does it mean to be human now, in the context of developments in genetics and ICT?
- globalisation, diasporas and cultural identity?
- the boundaries of the real - where virtual and augmented realities have become pervasive media?
- the post-digital and its implications for aesthetics and questions of agency?
- the challenges and opportunities associated with big data?
- urbanism, activism and the socially disruptive potential of technology?

Looking forward to another week's discussion...


moderator:
Simon Biggs
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