Hi Zev & all,
Well, perhaps there can be Node.NewYork, Node.Zagreb - a Node where ever...
At the moment there are plans for a Node.Stockholm, Node.Linz, Node.Sau
paulo (I think it's Sau paulo). Organized by people the who live in
those cities by consensus. Institutions, artists, galleries, techies,
curators - all work together.
I did a couple of postings on the list regarding Node.London, although
I've never discussed it on here. Mainly because it seemed that no one
was that interested on this list - which was quite surprising. Lauren &
Marisa were cool enough to have it shown on the Rhizome site.
I guess it's whether people really want something to happen or not. We
need to challenge this notion that artists are owed something and build
a way out of the trap of dependency somehow. It just takes people to
think outside of their own micro-situations for a bit.
We've proved that it can work, some of the more 'ahem' high culture
types, might be a bit snotty and distant about it but, we did it and it
was real and it worked, and it can happen elsewhere.
We, and other Node.London people, are currently visiting various cities
around the world giving talks on how it worked out for us. It was not
perfect, much can be improved and it was such a big project for everyone
involved, yet it changed the cultural future of London, for media arts
and the United Kingdom. And it got artist's work seen by plenty of new
audiences. On-line and off-line...
Have a look at the site and see for yourselves...http://www.nodel.org/
text excerpt (if you are interested)
NODE.L is an experiment in structures and tools of cooperation as
invented or adapted by artists, activists and technologists, many (but
not all) of whom are committed to ideas of social change through their
practice. Aside from a very able project co-coordinator who was
appointed in July, the entire project is run by Voluntary Organisers
(VOs). Looking back, the most fundamentally challenging pre-established
rule was that of consensual management - no voting and no hierarchy to
take the strain (and responsibility) of decisions. We talked till we
agreed and in a meeting with 30 people this could take some time.
In the last six months this decision-making process has necessarily
evolved to incorporate additional self-assigned subgroups, with
responsibility for various tasks such as PR, finance and partnerships.
The public facing NODE.L wiki and forum
, combined with monthly
VO meetings, facilitates collaborative working within these groups,
supporting an experiment in transparent organisation. This process
throws up many hot potato issues that are beyond the scope of this text
but which would benefit from careful evaluation after March. Jo
Freeman’s seminal text, The Tyranny of Structurelessness
> , written
in the context of 1970’s Feminist, consciousness-raising meetings, was
much quoted at NODE.L meetings to provide an insight into some of the
limitations of undifferentiated lateral structures of organisation.
Before joining NODE.L, we were not aware of how many other people in
London were involved in creating and exhibiting media artwork, that
deployed electronic or digital technologies, and that were exploring art
in a socio-political context. In June, the idea of “Seed Nodes” (now
just called Nodes) was born. This idea was a cross between an earlier
Wireless London <http://wirelesslondon.info/
>  concept of a ‘Node in
Every Code’ (in which London’s free wireless hot-spots could be mapped)
and the popular annual Open House <http://www.londonopenhouse.org/>
scheme (in which people open the doors of their homes to an
architecturally curious public).
With very small amounts of ‘seed money’, geographically and culturally
diverse arts venues and organisations (alternative, independent,
publicly funded, and commercial) act as hubs (Nodes) for activities in
their localities. Nodes connect with each other to provide opportunities
for sharing resources such as printers and physical spaces (for events,
presentations and exhibitions), whilst NODE.L provides technical
expertise and the benefits of a centralised (and distributed) PR
machine. It is intended that through this structure, Nodes promote
ongoing connections within their local communities whilst at the same
time developing productive links and healthy interdependencies with
clusters of other media-arts venues and practitioners in what was
previously a scattered and cliquey community with low visibility (often
even to itself).http://www.nodel.org/
> various things have kept me from following this thread and what is
> going on very much, but I just wanted to add something to what Marc
> said. http://www.nodel.org/
(node.london) was great because people got
> together, worked together, lots got shown/performed, people were able
> to see a wide variety of shows, and it got a lot of publicity because
> of it. everyone participated in the manner and at the level they
> wanted or could. No one was voted best, no one voted at all except by
> attendence and opinion, and everyone gained.
> Zev Robinson
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "marc" <firstname.lastname@example.org
> To: <email@example.com
> Sent: Monday, May 08, 2006 2:57 PM
> Subject: Re: RHIZOME_RAW: Re: Commission Voting: Finalist Ranking
>> Hi Jim,
>> >One may ask quite validly, as Marc has, what voting does for a
>> community, but I confess I am less interested in community than I am
>> in art, am more interested in what voting supports as art.
>> Yes- I understand and of course agree with your leaning to being more
>> interested in the art itself. I am extremely interested in the art as
>> well, as I know you know ;-)
>> Although, because I am involved with art myself on various levels,
>> not just as an artist, but also from a www.furtherfield.org
>> tend to become more apparant.
>> There is an awful lot to chew on, may be not necessarily for every
>> one here, or elsewhere for that matter - but it certainly interests
>> me, and perhaps some others (hopefully).
>>> I'm curious about what sort of art gets voted for.
>>> I haven't gone through the finalist list yet. Plan to, though, over
>>> the next
>>> few days.
>>> Has anybody done so and have any pithy obs on the type of things
>>> that got
>>> voted for?
>>> One may ask quite validly, as Marc has, what voting does for a
>>> but I confess I am less interested in community than I am in art, am
>>> interested in what voting supports as art.
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