Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
The current policy fashion for creating elite Centres of Excellence that aim to foster innovation overlooks the importance of productive practices that are distributed, emergent and not so centralised. These might be called 'Networks of Excellence'.
The fibreculture 2002 'Networks of Excellence' conference will take on the questions of policy, production, aesthetics, politics and ethics of new media and the Internet, looking at the relationships between local and distributed modes of innovation in new media fields. It will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art from Friday November 22 to Sunday November 24, 2002.
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On Friday night a public forum will host prominent speakers discussing the state of new media policy and practice in Australia, including the recently established National Centre of Information and Communication Technology Excellence. There will also be a screening of video works exploring contemporary new media aesthetics.
Over the weekend sessions will operate in a round-table format, in line with the open structure of the list itself. Each session will have a theme, and a chair, but there will be no formal academic papers presented. Instead, anyone planning to attend is invited to submit positions statements on sessions to the list before the conference. Mark your posts by beginning the subject line with POSITION: and the session name. These position statements will be compiled by the chairs, and authors invited to speak during the session.
1) a free newspaper on hot issues in Australasian new media and Internet policy and practice.
2) Online proceedings will published after the conference, and will feature refereed academic articles written for the fibreculture 2002 conference. A separate call for papers will be posted to the list soon.
Friday 22nd November
930am - 430pm New Media Mystery Tour
Meet at the George St entrance of the Museum of Contemporary Art in the Rocks at 9am for 930 departure.
6pm - 9pm Video Screening and Public Forum
6pm Video screening: "Protection"
What are the most productive relationships between new media artists, theorists, teachers, policy-makers, technologists and activists?
Fibreculture aims to get people talking across the usual divides: across the lines between computer programming and media theory; between online activism and consultancy; between media policy and electronic art; between those in front of cinema screens and computer screens. While people in all these areas are interested in futures for information and communication technologies in Australasia, all don't necessarily share the same language, assumptions, aspirations and wider agendas.
However, perhaps it is the unexpected things that appear at these intersections, whether through collaboration or conflict, conciliation or complementarity, that excellence -- whatever that means -- might be generated.
How are collaborative and cross-disciplinary practices integrated with more specialised and discipline-based research? Is it possible to encourage research and development in written and audio-visual culture, or creative practices in information and communication technologies?
Speakers at the Fibreculture 2002 public forum will approach these kinds
of questions from a range of positions -- technology research, electronic
7pm Arun Sharma
720pm Julianne Pierce
740pm Terry Flew
8pm Kate Lundy
South end of Level 6, MCA
10am (1) Introductions
Fibreculture subscribers and other conference attendees introduce themselves and outline some of their recent activities.
1130am (2) Peer-2-peer media
Have networks for file exchange and collaborative political and artistic
This panel calls for position statements from, for example, independent
2pm (3) Who says online education is the future?
The future of education, apparently, is moving online. Bureaucrats, pundits and some academics champion the pedagogical possibilities of the new technologies - arguing that it results in greater access, efficiencies and opportunities? But what is really driving the move, and how successful have current implementations really been? Have solutions to date presumed a monolithic understanding of education that results in pre-determined solutions? What are the alternatives to products like WebCT and Blackboard? This session explores the issues surrounding online education, and encourages participants to share their experiences (both good and bad).
Conflicts between corporate and public interests are increasingly fought over the territories of technical standards and regulations, but who really has authority over the internet? Does the open source movement provide a challenge to the operation of power and authority online?
Sunday 24th November
South end of Level 6, MCA
9.30am (5) Essential skills for the knowledge economy
What are the essential skills for the knowledge economy? The 'skills
The Internet has been embraced by global corporations, governments and grassroots political interest groups. But do these three share the same visions about how this medium will operate? Are their ambitions compatible?
The Federal Government's Australian Research Council recently announced its four priority areas of research, one of which is 'Complex and Intelligent Systems'. All the early 'Priority Area' documents from the ARC were addressed to the 'pure science' community. However, the ARC has been startled (and perhaps a little delighted?) to discover that some sections of the social sciences and creative arts have responded to the 'Complex and Intelligent Systems' category with emphatic and rather bold offerings. Given that many exponents of online communitarianism and practitioners in immersive, interactive or improvisational arts have been working with ideas of 'emergence', 'stochastics', 'algorithms' and 'bottom-up self-organisation', and given that these words pepper the scientific papers too, we ought to pause for a glossary check. Artists, internet organisers and activists, linguists, physicists, biologists, cytologists, mathematicians -- all of us making the same noises. Is it possible that we are all trying to describe and know the same phenomena? And should we or should we not homogenise to converse?
True, something slouches to mind ... Jeff Bridges' beautiful stoner
330pm Tea and coffee
A session to develop ideas and plans for fibreculture activities over the coming year. If you can provide ideas, resources, or connections, bring them along to this discussion!