[-empyre-] proposal proposal +++

Pamela Jennings pljenn at gmail.com
Thu Sep 26 21:40:40 AEST 2019

Shu Lea....

Thanks for the invitation.  I still hold dearly the opportunities you gave
me and so many women artists in NYC of the 1990's.

I've been working on an opus called CONSTRUKTS (www.contrukts.com) for over
a decade. Started as a computational experiment in catalyzing collective
narratives in real-time through play... the project has transformed and
transpired as new technical voices and funders have fleeted through the
design and production process.  Funded over a time period of about 17
years, to the tune of around $1M, over 40 engineers, designers, and
students have  helped to shape my fanciful dream.

But it's not enough...support has been spread so thinly over such a long
time period, continuity in design and development has been very hard... if
not almost impossible.

NOW... I just need a hardy benefactor be they from the corporate,
foundation, or venture world to finish this project such that it can get
out into the world.  Coming from the arts while developing an engineering
feat has kept many people engaged in the wonderment of "how could an artist
build such a thing?".... wait, let me adjust that statement, "how could a
black woman, who is also an artists... build such a thing?"

But it's not enough... and it's been exhausting... realizing that if this
project were developed by a white dude or dudette... it would probably be
finished by now.  It would be out in the world.  It would have received
tech transfer support from the multiple universitites that have paid me a
paycheck.  Some aspect of the system, whether whole or in pieces, would be
a steady revenue stream supporting new projects pushing the edges of
technology, culture, and creativity.

On Wed, Sep 25, 2019, 3:00 AM Shu Lea Cheang <shulea at earthlink.net> wrote:

> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
> This week,  we invite you all to share and post your proposal(s) that stay
> unfinished if you so wish...
> a note on posting your STAY unfinished proposal, unfinished, yet still
> working on, keeping alive...
> please use this same subject line
> proposal proposal +++ and add a title of your project. i.e. proposal
> proposal +++ my beautiful day - Shu Lea Cheang
> sorry to be so specific, want to keep the archive threaded by subject also.
> .... meanwhile i caught up with a few old friends, collaborators who
> respond to the call for posting the proposals. I would like to introduce
> them to get the proposal postings started for the week.
> a multi-thread week, pick one, pick two, three to follow....
> many thanks to all
> sl
>    - Pamela L. Jennings is nationally recognized as a thought leader for
>    integrative research and learning across the arts and STEM. A Ph.D. from
>    the CAIIA program through the University of Plymouth School of Computing,
>    Electronics, and Mathematics, creative problem solving through
>    computational thinking, creativity, and technology is the catalyst of
>    Pamela’s policy, philanthropic, academic, research, and entrepreneurial
>    projects.  She has advocated for integrative learning and research
>    across a range of institutions from serving as a National Science
>    Foundation Program Officer; advisor to the National Academies of Sciences
>    and research designer at the IBM Almaden and SRI International think tanks.
>    Pamela has been the founding director and leader of several innovation
>    creativity initiatives in higher education in the United States and Canada.
>    She is the Chief Imagineer of CONSTRUKTS, Inc. that is developing a
>    next-Gen mixed-reality learning platform.  Pamela’s engagement in
>    technology research, MAKING, and product innovation has a foundation in her
>    work as a digital media artist. Her work has been funded and supported
>    by the National Science Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Microsoft, New
>    York Council on the Arts, and Wolfram Research.
>    - http://www.pamelajennings.org | http://www.construkts.com
>    - Isabelle Arvers is a French artist and curator exploring for over 20
>    years the fields of digital art and video game, on formal as well as
>    ethical and critical approaches. Her work explores the hacking
>    possibilities of video games and mostly materializes in films called
>    machinimas to be screened in on-site performative installation spaces.
>    Arvers’ work grounded on collaborative experiences reflects all the
>    possibilities of the "working together" processes. As a curator, she
>    focuses on video game as a new language and as a medium for artists,
>    notable exhibitions include Mind Control (Banana RAM Ancona, Italy, 2004),
>    Node Runner (Paris, 2004), Playing Real (Gamerz, 2007), Game Heroes
>    (Alcazar, Marseille, 2011), Evolution of Gaming (Vancouver, 2014)., Gamelab
>    (UCLA, LA 2015, 2017),  Machinima in Mash Up (Vancouver Art Gallery,
>    2016).  In 2019, she embarks on an art and games world tour in non
>    western countries to promote diversity of gender, sexuality and geographic
>    origin and focuses on queer, feminist and decolonial practices. Working
>    towards an exhibition and an international conference on post colonial game
>    studies to be held at la Sorbonne in 2020, her reports on the research tour
>    can be read online in Usbek & Rica, Poptronics, Immersion.
>    - http:// www.isabellearvers.com  |
>    http://www.isabellearvers.com/category/art-and-games-world-tour/
>    <http://www.isabellearvers.com/category/art-and-games-world-tour/>
>    - Jamika Ajalon is an author / wordist and inter-disciplinary artist,
>    Jamika Ajalon works with different mediums independently, but also in
>     multiple  fusions- incorporating written and spoken text, sound/music, and
>    visuals.   Her poems, stories and essays have been published in various
>    digital and hard copy publications internationally.  She is a columnist for
>    Itchy Silk magazine  (“queer plume: the fugitive diaries”), co conspirator
>    at lpressl.com,  guest lecturer , (including Vienna Arts Academy, and
>    American University Paris),vocalist, writer/ musician, (Zenzile/Jamika &
>    the Argonauts).  She has performed her audio visual anti lectures /sonic
>    slam, and exhibited widely, (including Rennes Biennale of contemporary
>    art,(2018),DISTURBANCE expo Kunsthalle Leipzig,(2017),Beton Salon, Paris
>    (2017).  She has a BA Film/Video, MA Communications in Culture and Society,
>    Goldsmiths University,London.  Her book poetry “Take Back the Narrative” is
>    now available for public consumption.
>    - www.jamikaajalon.com
>    - Andrew Gryf Paterson (SCO/FI) is a Scottish 'artist-organiser',
>    cultural producer, educator and independent researcher. He specialises in
>    developing and leading inter- and trans- disciplinary projects exploring
>    connections between art, digital culture and science, cultural activism,
>    ecological and sustainability movements, cultural heritage and
>    collaborative networks. Strengths lie in hybridity, communications,
>    organisation and network arts: the ability to bring together and involve
>    people in creative, collaborative exploration, developing temporary
>    communities, gathering unexpected elements and components as new spaces
>    of/for cultural activity. What is left behind as social, digital, material
>    and ephemeral residue of 'being t/here' has been a consistent concern.
>    Archived more or less here. http://agryfp.info
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