[dance-tech] Re: dance tech network attacks

  • From: Simon Biggs <simon@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <ginslov@xxxxxxxxx>, <dance-tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2008 08:33:47 +0000

Hi Jeannette

I am sorry if you feel attacked...that was not my intention. I was querying
the intellectual and historical basis upon which you were constructing your

I would agree that dancetech, like many listserves and even the creative
arts in general, tends to be for the privileged few in that it emerges from
an area of practice that is highly theorised not by theorists and historians
but the practitioners themselves. There is something about the art and media
nexus that brings this out in people. Perhaps it is that the historians and
theorists tend to ignore the field so the artists feel compelled to do this
work themselves.

I think dancetech does a good job of facilitating the exchange of views and
ideas. Johannes has taken an inclusive approach to its membership. I see no
reason for anti-intellectualism. Please be clear, I am not accusing you of
this. However, I do not see what is wrong with asking people to be able to
justify their stated positions. Venturing opinions in public will ensure
they are critiqued. That is what public debate is about. Testing arguments.
What you wrote about ³self² and the machine was philosophically contentious
and I was asking for clarity on this.



Simon Biggs

Research Professor
edinburgh college of art

AIM/Skype: simonbiggsuk

From: Jeannette Ginslov <ginslov@xxxxxxxxx>
Organization: Walking Gusto Productions
Reply-To: <ginslov@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2008 09:11:10 +0200
To: <dance-tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [dance-tech] dance tech network attacks

The way I see it, there is no room for the "other" voice, nor improvement,
as this network is a site for the privileged few who feel they have the
right to exclusive intellectualism in their views. I have seen other dance
practitioners attempt the same thing, only to be shot down in flames and
silenced for good. I thought this site was a site for exchanging views and
ideas, opinions about our craft and not a place to demonstrate our prowess
as intellectuals. 

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