[dance-tech] Re: Post symposium anyone?

  • From: Diego Maranan <diego@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: unstablelandscape@xxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2009 16:48:52 +0800

Hello all,

Here's a format that an organization I worked for tried in a symposium they
held several years ago:


I can't remember now how successful the approach was, but it certainly
seemed to address the more immediate interests of participants.


On Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 11:14 AM, Marlon Barrios Solano <
unstablelandscape@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hello Armando et all,
>  this is Marlon.
> I  share the same impression.
> In the  past 4 years I have attended to a different kinds of event and I
> have had a blast. They propose a bottom-up approach, they are highly
> democratic and based on self-organization ( user generated conferences ):
> They are called un-conferences and barcamps
> Unconferences:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconference
>  Barcamps:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BarCamp
>  There is even  the sharing know how sites:
> http://barcamp.org/
>  They have an amazing wiki site on how  to  launch or organize one in
> several languages
> http://barcamp.org/OrganizeALocalBarCamp
> For a dance and new media gathering this model would be excellent because
> these kinds of events have  emerged as part of the digital culture and the
> potential of  convergent technologies to coordinate collective actions,
> collaboration and share knowledge. Some barcamps are sometimes organzed
> before the "real" symposium. Of course always the rummor is that the best
> was the barcamp,
> Cheers,
>  Marlon
> www.dance-tech.net
> On Tue, Feb 3, 2009 at 9:13 PM, Armando Menicacci <armando@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> I've been tired of symposia for quite a long time. Of course as a
>> researcher I go to listen, I go to speak and I organize them all the time
>> (the next 3 I'll organiza will be in Tunisia in may, in Paris in May and in
>> Rio de Janeiro in July. But nevertheless I'm tired of the form they seem to
>> be crystalized in. Don't you?
>> Missed encounters, just short glimpses, tight and tiring schedule, fake
>> (if existing) question and answer session after the presentation...... the
>> list of the things lots of people don't like (but rarely dare to say) is
>> great. The best moments in the symposiums? Almmost everybody agrees: the
>> coffe brakes! Where you can really, even for ten minutes smoking one
>> cigarette after the other you drink the tenth coffe of the day but have some
>> quality time with your favourite speaker.
>> To make a long story short I think that the ideal symposium is JUST a long
>> coffe break.
>> But I'd like to ask something: in our field, digital
>> performance/installation etc. etc. what woud you think an appropriate,
>> pertinent contemporary form of a dance-tech knowledge sharing gathering
>> would be? Just to kick start (hoping that a discussion will follow) I'd like
>> to propose that a postcolonial approach to a symposium would be a form of
>> dialogue with the place in which the event (should we still call it
>> symposium?) would be.
>> Suggestion 1) Listening (good exercise for a speaker) to local realities
>> and do a work of calibrating level and topics of the speech in order to
>> create a dialogue.
>> Another thing that always strikes me is, generally, the little space
>> dedicated to questions. For me it is as important as the paper.
>> Suggestion 2) "Real" question-dialogue-exchange section
>> Who would like to go on?
>> If we come up with something we could implement this in the dance tech
>> symposium we are organizing in may in tunisia and you'll all be credited for
>> the suggestions that become real. (By the way, maybe this is already the
>> beginning of a different way of organizing symposium: asking what form this
>> could have from scratch and thinking it in a wide dialogue....)
>> All the besto to all of you
>> _______________________________
>> Armando Menicacci
>> Dierector of the Mediadanse Laboratory
>> Dance Department, Paris 8 University
> --
> Marlon Barrios Solano
> Network Creator and On-line Producer
> Social Media Specialist
> www.dance-tech.net


Diego Maranan
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Faculty of Information and Communication Studies
University of the Philippines Open University

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