Thanks to people who commented on streaming media earlier (my original
message was really intended for Sarah Cook only but, it was helpful to
receive people's responses).
Honor Hager, from the Tate, helped to organize a conference on streaming
last October in Amsterdam (http://net.congestion.org/). From looking at the
site, it seems like the offerings were extremely interesting making for a
generous series of events. Did anyone on the list attend that conference?
If so, please comment on the most interesting and helpful offerings.
As I wrote Sarah earlier, I've only recently accepted the task of organizing
something (as guest curataor) tentatively called "The Arts and Streaming
Media" Summit and Workshops, August 16 - 18th, 2001 at the American Film
Institute. The project is under the aegis of the "New Media Ventures"
department and will take place concurrently with SIGGRAPH (though unrelated)
in Los Angeles. The commercial overtones are pretty clear still, I
appreciate that AFI has selected a former museum curator (me) to work with
them on this.
With pretty short deadlines and a small budget, I'm hoping to make the days
meaningful to those who attend (on site and on the net).
Many of the topice covered in net.congestion conference are still pertinent
in my opinion (and I love the idea of holding a mock courtroom debate on
Napster and intellectual property rights, for example). Whatever eventually
takes place in LA this fall will be framed by a "big institution." Media
artists in this town are gaining strength--especially but not exclusively
those with ties to universities--but their work is often overshadowed by
If you had access (as an artist or curator)to AFI (archives, equipment,
support staff), what--if anything--would you do with it re: streaming?
Is anyone going to attend SIGGRAPH this year? Has anyone on the list
submitted work to SIGGRAPH's exhibition?
Due to the limited financial resources, I doubt that international streaming
events can be supported (ironically) this time at AFI, though I'm open to
entertaining constructive suggestions.
There are many artists whose work (over some years) has involved making live
"art bridges" via satellite and/or telephone lines. Some are now working
with and on the net. Would including examples of their work, leading to
current examples of streaming media art be of interest?
Looking at the so-called "high and low aesthetic" issues from independent
artists to industry makers could be in the mix. Thoughts?
Public television, cable, radio all need to be addressed vis-a-vis what
kinds of partnerships (if any) are being offered, or that will be made in
the future with artists (as well as defining under what terms). Does anyone
have experience in this regard?
With some exceptions, most of the presenters and mentors will be from
California this August (a limit of the budget). We will try to have people
Regarding other discussions on the list, here are a couple of questions
regarding recent exhibitions in the States (010101, Telematic Presence (?),
1. Are results of co-curated exhibitions more or less satisfying (if
they are) than exhibitions (or portions of exhibitions) curated by a single
2. What are the most meaningful ways of evaluating an exhibiton's "success"
from the visitor's p.o.v.? One-on-one interviews? Observation of time spent
in the galleries? Attendance figures? Comments in comment books or
3. Since the "museumification" problem exists - what are the most
constructive ways of making their work with net.artists...with artists in
general...more responsibly responsive?