[dance-tech] Re: Post symposium anyone?

  • From: Josephine Dorado <josephine@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: diego@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2009 04:07:00 -0500

Hello all --
I think this is a great idea. I've been to several Unconferences and they've all worked out very well. The open structure always seems to allow for the most relevant issues to come to the surface and when the breakout groups happen, seriously juicy idea exchange comes forth. Adding to the previous links suggested - here are some that I thought were pretty successful:


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On Feb 4, 2009, at 3:48 AM, Diego Maranan wrote:

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

 There is even  the sharing know how sites:

They have an amazing wiki site on how to launch or organize one in several languages


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,


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


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

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