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real-time curating: Yesterday's Upstage festival 090909


Ruth Catlow <[log in to unmask]>


Ruth Catlow <[log in to unmask]>


Thu, 10 Sep 2009 12:05:58 +0300





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I know I may be out of sync with the programme but just wanted to
share: )

Last night I enjoyed the last few hours of the 15-hour-long
intercontinental Upstage festival of cyberformance from the Eclectic
Tech Carnival here in Istanbul. http://upstage.nz.org

A fascinating example of real-time curating by Helen Varley Jamieson- a
curatorial undertaking not for the faint-hearted.

This festival took place within the open source artware created by the
Upstage crew and was viewed in physical space in 9 live public nodes
around the world. It platformed work with approaches rooted in diverse
disciplines of theatre, performance, VJ, live art; from restagings of
Ionescu to multimedia metalogical jams around on the theories of Manuel
de Landa and thrash mashups that reappropriated all players, sounds and
backdrops from all other performances. Some things worked better than

I witnessed a curatorial process that involved mind-numbing
co-ordination across international time-zone, between techies, hosts,
performers and audiences; most impressed by the ongoing heckling and all
manner of participation with audiences.


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Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 00:00:13 +0100

There are 2 messages totalling 234 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. Toward the Sentient City - Opening September 17, 2009 @ The Urban Center,
  2. RSA Arts and Ecology Centre: Ecological Innovation.


Date:    Wed, 9 Sep 2009 02:28:04 +0100
From:    Mark Shepard <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Toward the Sentient City - Opening September 17, 2009 @ The Urban Center, NYC

Hi there,

apologies for any redundancies, but hoping some of you can attend!=20



An exhibition critically exploring the evolving relationship between
ubiquitous computing, architecture, and urban space=20

Curated by Mark Shepard and organized by the Architectural League of New =
September 17=96November 7, 2009=20


Opening reception=20
Thurday, September 17, 2009=20
6:00=969:00 p.m.=20
457 Madison Avenue=20
New York City=20

As computing leaves the desktop and spills out onto the sidewalks, street=
and public spaces of the world around us, we increasingly find informatio=
processing capacity embedded within and distributed throughout the materi=
fabric of everday urban space. Artifacts and systems we interact with on =
daily basis collect, store, and process information about us, or are
activated by our movements and transactions. Ubiquitous computing
evangelists herald a coming age of urban infrastructure capable of sensin=
and responding to the events and activities transpiring around them. Imbu=
with the capacity to remember, correlate and anticipate, this near-future=

=93sentient=94 city is envisioned as being capable of reflexively monitor=
ing its
environment and our behavior within it, becoming an active agent in the
organization of everyday life in urban public space.=20

Toward the Sentient City explores alternate trajectories for the design a=
inhabitation of this near-future urban environment. Organized around five=

newly commissioned projects distributed throughout the city, the exhibiti=

Too Smart City=20
JooYoun Paek, David Jimison=20

Amphibious Architecture=20
Living Architecture Lab (David Benjamin and Soo-in Yang), xdesign
Environmental Health Clinic (Natalie Jeremijenko)=20

Natural Fuse=20
Usman Haque, Nitipak Samsen, Ai Hasegawa, Cesar Harada, Barbara Jasinowic=

Trash Track=20
SENSEable City Laboratory, MIT=20

Anthony Townsend (Institute for the Future), Georgia Borden, Amanda Kross=
Jung Hoon Kim, Antonina Simeti (DEGW), Dana Spiegel (NYC wireless), Laura=

Forlano (Parsons The New School for Design), Tony Bacigalupo (New Work
City), Sean Savage (PariSoMa), Elysse Preposi (Sarah Lawrence College)=20=

For more information, visit http://www.sentientcity.net or (beginning
September 18) the Sentient City Hub:=20

The Urban Center=20
457 Madison Avenue=20
New York City=20
Monday=96Saturday (Closed Thursday), 11 a.m.=96 5 p.m.=20

Toward the Sentient City was made possible by the J. Clawson Mills Fund o=
the Architectural League and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies i=
the Fine Arts. Additional support has been provided by the Department of
Architecture, School of Architecture and Planning and the Department of
Media Study, College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Buffalo.=20=

League programs are also supported by the National Endowment for the Arts=
the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency; and the New York
City Department of Cultural Affairs.


Date:    Wed, 9 Sep 2009 13:20:06 +0100
From:    marc garrett <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: RSA Arts and Ecology Centre: Ecological Innovation.

Hi everyone...

I thought some of you on this list may be interested in this one day
conference. We are going to be there, but I also thought the subject
regarding the environment and art practice would be an excellent subject
for future/possible discussions on here - no pressure, just an idea.

How is it changing the way we make art, curate and think about our
practices? If so, how far are we willing and able to go in order to feel
we are successfully engaging from an authentic position and perspective
in respect of taking on the ecological challenges of today?

Are We There Yet?

Anyway, I have been enjoying all of the posts about ISEA. Sorry that I
have been contributing to the debate I am recovering from flu - keep it
going  and much thanks :-)


Here's the blurb:

RSA Arts and Ecology Centre: Ecological Innovation.

Can the cultural sector step up to show it has something uniquely
powerful to offer an ecological age? An examination of practice,
partnership and policy

The need for more sustainable practice is accepted within business; in
the arts, the transfer of models from other industries is underway. An
increasing number of individuals and organisations are decreasing energy
consumption through measurement, standards, targets and disclosure. But
is this enough? Does the cultural sector have more to offer in times of
wholesale change?

As part of Culture|Futures =E2=80=93 a series of events that spans discus=
at COP 15 =E2=80=93 RSA Arts and Ecology is inviting international partne=
rs from
the arts and beyond to describe a =E2=80=98cultural offer for an ecologic=
age=E2=80=99. To inform that enquiry, we will discuss case studies that o=
cultural value within a wider sustainability agenda, and seek to
identify key policy areas and lines of collaboration.

The outputs from this day will be organisational comparison across
policy, identification of case studies and input to a peer-reviewed
paper, together with identifying key messages from the cultural sector
to policy makers attending COP 15.

Chair: Sally Taylor, Director LCACE

With participation from: Arup, MLA, CABE, Art s Council England,
University of the Art s, UK Film Council, Tate, RSA, Danish Cultural

Thursday 24 September, 9.30-4.00pm

Front Gallery, Central St Martins College of Art & Design, University of
Arts London, Southampton Row, London WC1B 4AP

09:30 Arrival and coffee

10:00   Chair=E2=80=99s welcome

10:15 Context: The Engineer=E2=80=99s Role in the Ecological Age - Peter =
Head, Arup

11:15   Art s Examples with questions

- Cultural organisations as infrastructure catalysts - Alan Boldon,

- Cultural participation and ecological citizenship =E2=80=93 DOTT Cornwa=

- Ecological technology, are we there yet? =E2=80=93 Ruth Catlow and Marc
Garrett , Furtherfield

13:15 Lunch

14:00   Policy Implications

- European comparison =E2=80=93 Olaf Gerlach-Hansen, Danish Cultural Inst=

- Shared action

- A sector perspective?

15:00   Discussion/Plenary

16:00   Ends


The RSA combines thought leadership with social innovation to further
human progress. Building on our 250 year history as a beacon for
enlightenment values, we undertake influential and varied research
projects and host the UK=E2=80=99s most ambitious free lecture series. Ou=
r work
is supported by 27,000 Fellows, an international network of influencers
and innovators from every field and background.

To find out more visit our website here - http://www.theRSA.org

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