Ivan Pope
Since the beginning
Works in Brighton United States of America

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Arts Council UK and the Freedom of Information Act

I have made a request under the UK's new Freedom of Information Act to
get full details of the failure of the LUX new media arts centre in
London in 2001. I set out the reasons for making this request on my
blog, reproduced below.
I would like to encourage anyone who has a specific interest in the
management of the public arts sector in the UK to put in a FoI request
to the Arts Council and let me know how you get on. You could be
incredibly local (details of how funding allocations were made in a fund
you applied for but didn't get - or even that you didn't apply for but
are interested in). I think we can learn a lot more about how the Arts
Council goes about its business, something that has always been shrouded
in secrecy as far as I can see.

This is my blog entry from http://blog.ivanpope.com

Freedom of Arts Information
Under our new UK Freedom of Information legislation, you can put in
requests for all sorts of hitherto secret information. The Guardian
provide a good guide
<http://politics.guardian.co.uk/foi/story/0,9061,1380653,00.html> to
doing this, but essentially it's a piece of piss.
After reading a few stories based on FoI requests, I started wondering
what sort of information I would like to prise out of the Arts Council.
One of the scandals of the late nineties was the failure of the LUX
centre in London. The LUX opened in 1997 and went bust in 2001. It
started with a large lottery grant, and brought together the London
Filmmakers Co-op and London Electronic Arts to form what should have
been a vital new media resource for London and the UK. However, after
four short years, the LUX went bust and closed down. It transpired that
the purpose built building was actually owned by a local landlord and
large rent rises were rumoured to have added to the woes of LUX. My
cousin Greg came from the Filmmakers Co-op to be projectionist in the
LUX cinema, and I was party to plenty of insider stories of chaos,
greed, bad management and abdication of duty.
The LUX went quietly into history and took the historic Filmmakers Co-op
and the London Electronic Arts with it (though the Filmmakers
distribution arm was salvaged and continues to trade as LUX
<http://www.lux.org.uk/>, a not for profit company) . The real story was
never told, but the failure still casts a shadow over attempts to set up
new media organisations in London. London has been bereft of useful
resources ever since.
So I have put in a request for full information under the Freedom of
Information act. Here is the full request, more details as I get them.
I suggest that anyone with an interest in how the Arts Council (or any
other government related organisation) manages their relationships with
artists should put in requests under the FoI and let me know how they
get on. You can request information about funding allocations that you
have put in for but not got, funds withdrawn, dodgy projects, jobs
applied for, strange goings on etc. Ask for minutes, briefing notes,
strategic reviews, assessments etc. Be imaginative!

*Michael Clarke*

*Freedom of Information Officer*

*Open government section*

*Arts Council England*

*14 Great Peter St*


*SW1P 3NQ*

*Thursday, 10 February 2005*

Dear *Michael*,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information
to which I am entitled under the freedom of information act. In order to
assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as
possible. If however this request is too wide or too unclear, I would be
grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the act, you
are required to advise and assist requesters.

*I request all information relating to the establishment and subsequent
failure of the LUX Centre in Hoxton Square, London.*

*I am interested in the following classes of documentation:*

* Planning documents*

* Strategic reviews*

* Minutes of meetings*

* Financial documents*

* Documents relating to the design and build of the LUX Centre*

* Relationship between the Arts Council, LUX Centre and landlords*

* Specific documents relating to the anticipation of failure of
the LUX*

* Documentation of events surrounding the failure of the LUX Centre*

* Strategic or other reviews after the failure of the LUX*

* *

I am aware that I do not have knowledge of the working procedures of the
relevant Arts Council departments at the time and therefore I cannot
request specific types or classes of documents. I look forward to your
assistance in this matter.

I understand that under the act, I should be entitled to a response
within 20 working days. I would be grateful if you could confirm in
writing that you have received this request. I look forward to hearing
from you in the near future.


*Ivan Pope*


Wikipedia / Media Art initiative, transmediale Berlin

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [ann] Wikipedia / Media Art initiative, transmediale Berlin
Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2005 22:19:31 -0600
From: Andreas Broeckmann <abroeck@transmediale.de>
Reply-To: Andreas Broeckmann <abroeck@transmediale.de>
To: nettime-ann@nettime.org


Wikipedia / Media Art

an online initiative and discussion
(Sunday, 6 February, 18h, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, K1)

For a number of years now, Wikipedia.org has functioned as an
international online knowledge portal. As an independent encylopedia,
it offers the possiblity for thousands of users to be active on this
open and public knowledge pool - both as writers and as editors.

So far, the concept of media art has not been systematically made
available. At the same time however, the open online encyclopedia is
the ideal environment for the complex and rhizomatic structure of
media art to be discussed and displayed.

transmediale.05 undertakes an initiative to strengthen the area of
Wikipedia/media art and to create an international effort to bring it
to the current level of discussion and research. The initiative seeks
to complement corresponding publication and research projects,
encompassing canonical and perphipheral, fresh and
media-archeological items, and will function as a valuable resource
path through the wide world of media art.

In the exhibition area of the festival (the foyer of the House of
World Cultures, Berlin), a dedicated computer provides access to
Wikipedia. Additionally, on Sunday February 6, at 6pm, an open
discussion will take place about Wikipedia /media art, for which we
are expecting Wikipedia contributors, interested users, artists and
researchers. The potentials and possibilites of Wikipedia will be
reported on, and the future handling of the Wikipedia/media art
project will be discussed.


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Know Where You Are Part II

Following the responses to my question:

Can it be a fundamental human right to know where you are?

I would like to rephrase the question (be careful what you wish for).

Can it be a fundamental human right not to have knowledge of where you
are denied to you?

I guess in part the question came about because of the anniversary of
the liberation of Auschwitz and the focus on the shipment across europe
of human beings.

Lack of location knowledge is often used as part of torture, i.e.
prisoners are hooded (when flown from Afghanistan to Cuba) or masked and
taken to unknown locations. Migrant workers (illegal? workers) are
denied knowledge of where they are. Soldiers are often denied this
knowledge. Abused children often won't know. People are rendered to
foreign powers, flown across the world in the night.

Of course knowledge of location is only useful if it relates to
something you know - GPS reference is not much use to most people, but
then that somewhat misses the point.

Location is one of those things that you always have, but that you might
not know.

Julian Oliver suggested that 'one could argue albeit we have a right to
become lost, or be lost'.

I have no problem with that, it can go in a Bill of Locative Rights,
though that's probably more closely allied to the right to not be
restrained (unless you want to literally argue that we have the right
not to see landmark buildings ...)

Jen H. said 'I don't think it (knowing where you are) has anything to
_do_ with rights.'. And went on to argue that we can all choose where we
are (at least I think that's what he was arguing).

Sure, there are many levels of location and we can all be in different
places in our heads, but I was talking about physical location and
having some knowledge of where you are - say, in relation to where you
started, or in relation to your country or whatever.

More in the morning.


John Hopkins wrote:

>> >..I just had this thought that knowing where you are might be a
>> fundamental human right that is worth talking about.
> Knowing where you are is also a very personal internal function which
> is independent of the external social metastructure you are embedded
> in. It is such that when people are 'over-socialized' their internal
> sense of (who and) where they are gets over-written by the dominant
> social structures. This evolution to over-socialization is a general
> trend where people are more and more willing to allow external social
> structures to form their moral (or immoral) concepts, as well as their
> fundamental sense of reality (when talking about the mediating effects
> of simulated reality via technological innovation.) A problematic
> state of being to allow an Other to express your own
> state/place-of-being.
> Physically it is impossible to simultaneously share an Other's
> point-of-view: empathy is an extremely critical element of
> placement... the juxtaposition of self-and-other...
> the thought of which leads to a side note which has something to do
> with the absolute knowledge/placement of the Self: (Whenever I
> see/hear the word "Rights", I am reminded of the Simon Weil idea of
> 'Human obligations' -- instead of complaining about a loss of rights
> (seizing from the Other my rights), what about the inverse, to become
> internally aware of what the Self might provide for the Other...)
> (another form of empathy)
> jh
> PS -- any reason for the new "@2005.x-i.net" address? just curious...

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