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Re: <nettime> ISEA 2011 fees
Gita Hashemi on Sun, 19 Jun 2011 21:42:02 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> ISEA 2011 fees

maybe because i like beating a dead horse, or just because i was in istanbul recently and do not intend to go back for isea, i'd like to contribute these two observations about/to the discussion re isea 2011 fees (which i just caught up with):

- unless people took it off the list, it's interesting that the discussion died down without any concrete outcome. some airing of discontent, some further rhetorical gestures and postures, but, in spite of a few very good suggestions for actions and interventions, nothing remotely serious got articulated through the collective chatter.

- also very interesting that nobody picked up on the illuminations and ideas offered by a "local" participant (5/16/11, Ayhan Aytes) that could have grounded discussion and potential interventions/alt.organizations in meaningful critique, connecting the workings of the international mega-events to the "local" politics.

it's 2011. istanbul is still plastered with "world city 2010" posters. the federal elections last weekend produced the expected results: nothing changed. "why istanbul? why now?" are good questions to think through. it doesn't matter if you're begging, borrowing, or stealing to pay to go to isea. you made a choice. you could have made different choices. if you're going, you can choose to limit your critical engagement to ranting on the list about the fees and then go on to organized dinners and partake of the touristic views of taksim while hobnobbing with other like-minded touring academics and artists; or, you could engage with the politics of the local (which will include isea for its duration) in multiple meaningful ways. the force is yours to use.

looking forward to hearing back about all the excitement.

be well.


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