|Jean-Noël Montagné on Thu, 19 May 2011 09:43:25 +0200 (CEST)|
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|Re: <nettime> ISEA 2011 fees|
Student fees begin at EUR250, with non-student fees beginning at EUR300---and both jump to EUR400 if you don't register by Sunday. In comparison, fees for last year's ISEA were EUR100 to EUR150 for non-VIP passes, and fees for ISEA 2008 ranged from 100 to 450 Singapore dollars (translating to, if I remember the conversion rate correctly at the time, around US$70 to US$320), with the highest-priced pass for presenters rounding out at around US$250.
I know that this money is a month of food or more for an entire family in some countries, but it's so cheap compared to the LIFT festival in Marseille, France, the last years, 3/5 days conferences talking about Open Source, Free Cultures, Ressource Sharing, Art & Science, Open Knowledge, Sustainable Devl, Innovation, Recycling..... The first LIFT entrance fee in Marseille was 900 euros per person only, and only 450 euros for students...this was obscene. The last year, it was around 200 euros for students...this year, it's (only) 990 euros for 2 days conferences !!!! , and 100 euros for students, but 100 seats only for students. Such thematics with such prices: they have no credibility. But they have had a lot of protest against this cost. And only public protests, in mailing lists for example, have an effect. and now, some provocative text: ISEA, like many big digital art or contemporary art events, is one wheel in a financial market using art works as capital for an elit. In contemporary art, a good financial product (more than 10% growth/year) must be designed with a lot of attention on esthetics, with easy or spectacular mediatization, good preservation in time, possibility of reproduction and derivative products. The artistic aspect is secondary. ISEA like many big digital art or contemporary art events, is also a zoo for gaming, software, entertainement companies looking for fresh flesh: artists, developpers, ingeneers : they don't care about the artworks, they only care about the technical abilities. The actors of this market need such events to share the news, and the existence of VIP-something in the programm is the sign of this elitism. Only students in economy should go to those events...:-) JN # distributed via <nettime>: no commercial use without permission # <nettime> is a moderated mailing list for net criticism, # collaborative text filtering and cultural politics of the nets # more info: http://mx.kein.org/mailman/listinfo/nettime-l # archive: http://www.nettime.org contact: firstname.lastname@example.org