This Mini Summit is organised by Asia-Europe Foundation in partnership with IFACCA and ISEA under the artistic guidance of Rob van Kranenburg and with the support of the European Commission, TheatreWorks and Arts Network Asia.

Rob van Kranenburg – Artistic Director

Rob van Kranenburg (1964) is Head of Public Domain at Waag Society. He is an innovation and media theorist involved with negotiability strategies of new technologies and artistic practice, predominantly ubicomp and rfid (radio frequency identification), the relationship between the formal and informalin cultural and economic policy, and the requirements for a sustainable cultural economy.

He went to work with Prof Ronald Soetaert in Ghent, in the Educational Department, developing online learning modules, methods and concepts drawing on the idea of multiliteracies. In 2000 he went to Amsterdam as programmer on media education at the centre for culture and politics de Balie and as teacher-coordinator of the new media program in the Film and Television Studies Department at the University of Amsterdam. Feeling it was to young a field to predominantly historize it, he moved to Doors of Perception and co-programmed with John Thackara Doors 7, Flow, the design challenge of pervasive computing. In 2003 he mentored a postgraduate course in performance, theatre and the arts at APT, Arts Performance Theatricality. For the past three years he has been working part time at Virtual Platform, Dutch policy and network organization for e-culture, as interim and co-director and programme manager. He taught media theory at Post St Joost (MA Autonomous Art), HKU EMMA (MA Interaction Design) and Medialab Amsterdam (teamcoach). As a freelancer Rob has worked for and with Mediamatic, Waag Society for Old and New Media, TEKS Trondheim, JISC, CTI Patras, Atlantis SA, Open University Netherlands, City of Breda, Institute of Network Cultures, Hobeon, V2, & Technical University Eindhoven, Industrial Design. He is a cofounder of Bricolabs.

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) advances mutual understanding and collaboration between the people of Asia and Europe through intellectual, cultural, and people-to-people exchanges. These exchanges include conferences, lecture tours, workshops, seminars and the use of web-based platforms. The major achievement of ASEF is the establishment of permanent bi-regional networks focused on areas and issues that help to strengthen Asia-Europe relations.

Established in February 1997 by the partners of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)[1], ASEF reports to a board of governors representing the ASEM partners. ASEF is the only permanent physical institution of the ASEM process. Since 1997, the Foundation has initiated projects engaging 14,000 individuals from Asia and Europe. ASEF works in partnership with other public institutions and civil society actors to ensure its work is broad-based and balanced among the partner countries.

The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) is the first global network of national arts funding bodies. Its mission is to create an international resource and meeting ground for all those whose public responsibility it is to support excellence and diversity in artistic endeavour. IFACCA members are national government agencies whose primary role is to support arts and culture (such as arts councils and ministries of culture). IFACCA affiliate members are peak agencies and individuals committed to public support for the arts. For more information on IFACCA membership, visit the IFACCA website

The International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), initiated in 1988, is the world’s premier media arts event for the critical discussion and showcase of creative productions applying new technologies in interactive and digital media. Held biannually in various cities throughout the world, this migratory event is being held in Asia for the second time in its history, after Singapore successfully secured this bid.

ISEA 2008 will consist of an internationally juried media art exhibition, a peer reviewed academic conference and various invited exhibitions, workshops and partner events. Hosting ISEA 2008 represents both an incredible opportunity for Singapore team to define, shape and affect media and cultural developments in Singapore, as well as in the Asian region and beyond. It seeks to include as many culturally diverse perspectives from the Asian region to encourage cross-cultural dialogues on the possibilities and opportunities of media technologies globally.

The mini summit is supported by:

[1] ASEM (the Asia-Europe Meeting) is an informal process of dialogue and cooperation. It brings together Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Netherlands, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, Vietnam, the ASEAN Secretariat and the European Commission.


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