Mini Summit on New Media Arts Policy & Practice

On 24-26 July 2008, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), in partnership with ISEA2008 (International Symposium for Electronic Arts), co-hosted a mini-summit on government support for new media arts practice in Singapore.

The event brought together 54 artists, researchers and policy makers from 26 countries to develop an overview of the key issues impacting on new media arts practice and to create a policy framework and some key points for action. The group represented 10 Asian countries, 12 European countries and four observer countries. Approximately 20 percent of the delegates were from government agencies.

Pre-summit input from speakers and organisers is available in the different working groups posted in this blog and images from the mini-summit can be viewed here. The mini summit public presentation of ISEA can be accessed here

The mini-summit linked back to the 2004 mini summit co-hosted by IFACCA, the Arts Council of Finland and m-cult which coincided with ISEA2004 and focused on policies to support media arts and new media culture. Debate at the 2004 mini summit resulted in the publishing of the ‘Helsinki Agenda’, which outlined the values of new media culture, set out key principles for new media arts policies, and made recommendations for further action. It also linked to The Delhi Declaration of a new context for new media, a meeting of an ‘International Working Group on New Media Culture’ hosted by the Open Cultures Network – a network created by the Waag Society, Amsterdam, Sarai-CSDS Delhi and Public Netbase, Vienna.

In preparation to the 2008 mini summit IFACCA and ASEF initiated a D’Art research question to identify policy issues and to locate key people to invite to the mini summit. The draft conclusions of the research as well as responses by delegates to a small questionnaire are available online.

Four topics identified by the event’s artistic director, Rob van Kranenburg, were addressed during the meeting:

The publication from the Mini Summit on New Media Art Policy & Practice, is now published and it’s available here for download. The Policy Recommendations highlight current needs in local and trans-national media arts practices and frame more informed arts policies. The report collates the process and proceedings of the Mini Summit on New Media Arts Policy and Practice. IFACCA and ASEF have circulated the report internationally to their networks.

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Atteqa Malik (Pakistan): “I was in a place where there were *many* people who were not only dedicated to their professions but were also amazing human beings. I was struck by the fact that even though most had viewpoints that clashed on many grounds, the willingness to listen with a desire to understand was present.”

Muid Latif (Malaysia) “This summit helped to create more understanding between different practices of our profession and industry and what we can do to help others, especially to give alternative solutions to help the new generation for a better future.”

Andrew Donovan (Australia): “There are, not surprisingly, many issues in common between Europe and Australia when developing inter-cultural media art projects in the Asian region. But I think these types of discussion pave the way for meaningful and conceptually sound projects to be implemented.”

Peter Tomaz Dobrila (Slovenia) “I had amazing time during very intensive discussions and respectful presentations as I found splendid moments we had in between lunches and dinners. We made excellent relationships although many of us met for the first time and I’m sure we’ll turn them into long lasting connections and even collaborations to make our world kind and pleasant place.”