Hello CRUMB list
as it suddenly went dead quiet I just wanted to let you know that the curators and other practitioners concerned with the cuts to digital media arts organisations in the UK are continuing to debate over on the Googlegroup list which Pauline set up (link below). I hope that some people might take the most relevant bits of the discussion and paste them over here to CRUMB for the benefit of our international subscribers who are sharing in our pain as we adjust to this new landscape.
There has been talk of how to set up an advocacy group (who could lead, how could both funded and non funded orgs be involved), and also of a meet-up at FutureEverything in Manchester in May. More on that as it develops.
Meantime, CRUMB will return to regularly scheduled programming in May with an online discussion in partnership with the Goethe Institute and the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn as part of their Gateways exhibition. More on that soon.
Please do continue to post your thoughts about April's hijacked theme on the analogue/digital divide here too if you'd like, which before it spun off into quantum physics was quite productive ;-)
...it leads me to ask whether the Arts Council England decisions can be read in light of this - that the digital is still only ever understood as a networking tool or a distribution mechanism and not as a medium (as Pauline's great post suggested)? Interesting that in addition to media art orgs (including labs - much discussed on this list - and studio/residency programs, commissioners of digital content), architecture and dance also took a hit (work which is difficult to get your hands around - as Charlie might have put it in his great post about tangibility?) as well as organisations that sought to sustain networks with national/international links (such as the very valuable International Curators Forum!) rather than those which are more locally or community driven (Knowle West Media Centre and Somerset Film and Video are part of the portfolio).
>>>> https://groups.google.com/group/acedigitaluncut/about?hl=en (I've made it public for access, but subscribers-only for posting)