PRIVATE CORPORATE SPONSORS
AND CREATIVE ATMOSPHERE AT
"V ARTE DIGITAL"
DEBATED IN: UNIVERSES IN UNIVERSE -
FROM RAUL MOARQUECH FERRERA-BALANQUET:
Dear Eduardo, Pat and Marie:
Thank so much for your kind words. I have been traveling
since last week
and I just got to my email.
There was a moment when I wanted to give up, but the solidarity
artists, which always have been the key element of InteractivA,
working. I was amazed how we pulled the show up that day.
There was the
pleasure of the collective experience and the cultural
exchange that took
place at every moment. I look back now, and I am very
honored to have the
support and the understanding of the artists and have
the pleasure to
continue my long lasting friendship with so many new media
including the one I have met at this forum.
It will take a while before 2005 and who knows what will
be the state of
new media art. It will be great if another InteractivA
takes place but
I have done this work as part of my social responsibility
Latin/Latino Culture and I can not used my energies to
develop a name for
a museum which doesn´t support the work I do, specially
when I don´t get
paid. I feel exploited by my own people because they know
that I figure
out ways, and have the support, to make the exhibit work.
I need to
rethink the base and working conditions of InteractivA.
Well, a lot of us
started brainstorming in Merida. In a few months
will have regained the
energies to keep the work.
Gracias a todos and Eduardo, my very best warm wishes
your experience at InteractivA. Your words showed me that
the work I did
Raul Moarquech Ferrera-Balanquet,MFA
A NOTE FROM FATIMA LASAY
“ It will take a while before 2005 and who
knows what will be the state of
> new media art. It will be great if another InteractivA
takes place but
> I have done this work as part of my social responsibility
> Latin/Latino Culture and I can not used my energies
to develop a name for
> a museum which doesn’t support the work I do,
especially when I don’t get
> paid. I feel exploited by my own people because they
know that I figure
> out ways, and have the support, to make the exhibit
work. I need to
> rethink the base and working conditions of InteractivA.
Well, a lot of us
> started brainstorming in Merida. In a few months, will
have regained the
> energies to keep the work.”
Sometimes, a museum/institutional base for new media projects
which is why we often tolerate problems and incompetence.
Also, the nature
of new media makes it difficult for traditional art institutions
to support it
fully. It is ideal to have a harmonious working relationship
institutions - but this does not always happen.
I am curious, what were the specific problems of MACAY
knew they had problems and were probably guilty so they
did not even show up
to welcome the participants in InteractivA'03)? Why were
they not able to
support the equipment requirements of the exhibition?
I ask because I had a
similar experience - and the problem had to do with the
museum dealing with
sponsors who could not deliver the goods on time. So to
resolve the problem,
the museum used their own equipment and some of the artists
own equipment. I also offered some equipment for the artists
to use. We are
fortunate to have the full support of the museum, and
just unfortunate that
we had corporate sponsors that do not understand cultural
But it seems the situation between MACAY and InteractivA'03
is different. On
a related issue, the situation between ICECA and CMU Art
Chiangmai New Media Art Fest in Thailand) seems much worse,
In contrast, Habana's "V Arte Digital" seem to be a demonstration
media thriving well in the institutional context.
Well, there will always be those moments when we want to
give up. Those
moments mean we need to take time to re-think the conditions
intentions of our work, and proceed to make our work better
and more suited
to local needs and concerns. So we don't really ever give
up, but rather
pause to contemplate, and then move on again.
Congratulations, Raul, and to all those who pulled InteractivA'03
Warm regards to all,
Spelling mistakes (that often occur in e-mails) have
been corrected by the editor.