I’m hosting a fab panel at ISEA2011 in just over a week’s time. It’s called ‘Share Workers: The Techniques and Meanings of Sustainable Digital Networks’. The panel itself is a research project by a-n, the Artists Information Company. Here’s how we’re describing it:
The information sharing abilities of the internet have vastly extended a pre-existing capacity among artists to communicate with each other about their work and lifestyles. With the arrival of social media and the wave of internet use known as Web 2.0, the ability to share has grown exponentially, becoming a subject in and of itself, and generating experts in the techniques and meanings of sharing. And now, with economic down-turn and drastic cuts to funding, these free networks have become invaluable for helping people sustain their practice.
This Twitter-interactive panel at ISEA2011 brings together a set of experts (Ruth Catlow: Furtherfield; Dougald Hine: The University Project; Jack Hutchinson: AIR; Bridget McKenzie: Flow Associates; Marcus Romer: Pilot Theatre) in the practical and theoretical use of digital networks and infrastructures for sharing. Working across a range of areas from visual art to music, performance and beyond, they are united by their use of collaborative digital tools and driven by their propensity for positive social change. From consolidating connections between artists and arts policy-makers to rewiring our educational and economic circuitry, this panel has collectively developed a wealth of skills for reaching out to others through technology.
We will be using a hashtag: #shareISEA on Twitter to drum up questions and discussion before and during the panel, which takes place at 9.00am-10.30am in Istanbul (that’s 7.00am-9.30am in the UK) on Monday 19th September. So please come (physically or virtually) and share your ideas and experiences and contribute to new working models for the arts…
Oh, and following the panel discussion at ISEA2011, a-n’s website will feature further commentary about this attempt to widely exchange ideas on sharing in the arts. Quite frankly it’s just a total share-fest!