[-empyre-] Welcome to Erin Manning and Carol-Ann Braun

Renate Ferro rtf9 at cornell.edu
Mon May 6 13:11:08 EST 2013


Carol, Many thanks for writing about your projects with
Concert-Urbain.  This is a quick post but could you give us a bit more
information about how the association works?  What is your role?  Who
innovates the ideas that are supported?  Thanks!  Renate



On Sat, May 4, 2013 at 6:55 AM, Carol-Ann *Braun <carolannbraun at free.fr> wrote:
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> Hello to all - nice to participate this first week of May in a discussion on
> the balancing act between artistic activism and "real time alliances"Šor, as
> I understand it: the ³wicked problem of designing for social change" ?
> (Ritter, early 70¹s!)
>
>
> The projects of our association, Concert-Urbain, based in Paris, are at the
> frontier between design and social work. Our software development,
> prototypes, ateliers, shows, conferences, have been enabled by the French
> government. Exceptionally motivated functionaries have helped us with
> budgets, ateliers, reports from the field. They have been our business
> angels in the launching of an ³art-start-up².
>
>
> In France, government policies contribute extensively to innovation in the
> arts. The policies reflect the programs of thousands of citizen's
> associations, some run by activists in what is called here ³l¹education
> populaire², ie, schooling for the people by the people (the movement is
> vast, at the heart of France¹s social fabric).
>
>
> Our design challenge includes interlocutors at every level of society. This
> entails a special kind of salesmanship: choosing modest words to describe
> what you want to do as an artist;  adapting technology to existing
> educational methodologies; answering questions others have asked; getting
> elected officials to define and then accept the risks digital technologies
> might represent for them; saving face when no one answers the call to
> participate... The negotiation process is long-term, with changing
> interlocutors as time goes by. It is painstakingŠand sometimes just a royal
> pain. It also brings esthetic breakthroughs of particular significance to an
> artist working with digital technologies.
>
>
> I have several examples of collaborations and collective initiatives that I
> can share with you. Each raises different issues:
>
>
> 1. A collective fiction, with a chat space at its core: carried by officials
> in the city of Troyes who wanted to bring city employees and citizens
> together around a shared ³multimedia² project.
>
>
> 2. Measuring utopia: an art project on the subject of happiness, with a
> methodology that involves an alternative approach to data-base design. Our
> main partner: the CIRASTI, a federation of associations to engage kids in
> scientific projects.
>
>
> 3. An urban renewal initiative by the Conseil general du Val de Marne, that
> includes an on-line debating platform designed to include those who suffer
> from intellectual disabilities. It is linked to the "participatory design"
> of neighborhoods by including inhabitants
> (see http://www.maitrisedusage.eu/).
>
> More on its way throughout the coming week,
>
>
> Carol-Ann BRAUN
> Association Concert-Urbain
> http://concerturbain.wordpress.com/
>
> le  04/05/13 06:37  Renate Ferro  rtf9 at cornell.edu wrote:
>
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>> We are most grateful to Ana Valdes for agreeing to guest moderate the
>> May discussion with Tim Murray and myself and welcome her back to
>> -empyre- as a guest moderator.  We also wish to thank Erin Manning who
>> has agreed to make the transition from last month's discussion to this
>> month highlighting The Sense Lab.  Erin will be making a few posts
>> specifically about her own experiences with collaboration.  She will
>> be joined by Carol-Ann Braun.  Biographies for Week One guests are
>> below.  We look forward to the month with you.
>>
>>
>> Tim Murray and Renate Ferro
>>
>>
>> Week 1:
>>
>> Erin Manning (CA) is a philosopher, visual artist and dancer, and is
>> currently a University Research Chair at the Faculty of Fine Arts,
>> Concordia University, Montreal. She is also a founder and director of
>> The Sense Lab, an interdisciplinary laboratory on research, creation
>> and an international network focusing on intersections between
>> philosophy and art through the sensing body in motion. Erin Manning
>> received her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Hawaii
>> (2001) and has been teaching philosophy, political theory, visual
>> studies, cultural studies, and film theory. She is a member of the
>> editorial board for the online journal Inflexions and the author of
>> works on movement and ephemerality, for which she frequently
>> collaborates with Brian Massumi.
>>
>> Carol-Ann BRAUN (US/FR) is a Paris-based American artist who has been
>> working with digital technologies since 1985. Her work ranges from
>> still images to animations to interactive immersive text-based
>> environments (inner-media.org). Closely affiliated with the Atelier du
>> CUBE (lecube.com ), she has extended her artistic practice beyond
>> esthetics to include ³social media². The first prototypes involved
>> chat spaces as a search engine.  This led to the design of polling
>> technology (http://cie.acm.org/articles/braun-phones-kids/). Last
>> month Concert-Urbain launched a poetic polling platform on the subject
>> of happiness: lebonheurbrutcollectif.org. The project¹s intention is
>> to find contribute to defining new criteria for measuring the
>> ineffable nature of happiness...It will be gathering momentum over the
>> next three years. The Ministry of Culture and the Region Ile de France
>> have taken a particular interest in ³Le Bonheur Brut Collectif, ²
>> which is also being followed by a research team at the CNAM
>> (Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers), Paris.
>>
>>
>> --
>>
>> Renate Ferro
>> Visiting Assistant Professor of Art
>> Cornell University
>> Department of Art, Tjaden Hall Office #420
>> Ithaca, NY  14853
>> Email:   <rtf9 at cornell.edu>
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Renate Ferro
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Cornell University
Department of Art, Tjaden Hall Office #420
Ithaca, NY  14853
Email:   <rtf9 at cornell.edu>
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