To past and present participants in the PSi Artistic Research Working Group.
As we announced back when we received word that the 2020 PSi conference had officially been postponed to next year, we would still like to bring the members of the ARWG together virtually this summer. We initially considered an online version of the “Perform/Respond/Extend” format originally intended for Rijeka; however, the ongoing demands of navigating the current social and political challenges most of us are facing at the moment have led us to a change of plans.
We propose that we hold a focused gathering on Zoom of the Artistic Research Working Group during the originally planned conference period. We are proposing Tuesday, July 7th, at the following time(s):
Melbourne, Australia: 12:00 am
Manila, Philippines: 5:00 am
California, USA: 7:00 am
Toronto, Canada: 10:00 am
London, UK: 3:00 pm
Stockholm, Sweden: 4:00 pm
Delhi, India: 7:00 pm
Beijing, China: 10:00 pm
Tokyo, Japan: 11:00 pm
This gathering will be open to everyone who was planning to attend PSi #26 this summer, as well as all past members of the Working Group for whom we have contact information.
No doubt that the restrictive conditions resulting from the current pandemic, as well as the potentially transformative cultural tensions associated with Black Lives Matter, will not be far from our minds. As such, we'd like to organize the gathering with a specific focus on the following questions:
1) "What Artistic Research are you currently working on/dreaming about at this moment?"
2) "What specific impacts are current social, cultural and political dynamics having on your Artistic Research motivations, interests, and practices?"
All participants will be asked to share for 3 - 5 minutes (maximum) on this topic. Speakers will have access to screen sharing, and short documents/images/video links can be shared in advance (through the convenors). The presentations can be entirely informal, but can also be more formally structured, providing they do not exceed the allotted time.
Note: depending on the strength of response to this invitation, we may also schedule a second session.