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Cultural Exchange via Internet - Opportunities and Strategies
Forum of the House of World Cultures, Berlin, 12 October - 4 December, 1998

[as of December 1st 1998 the forum has been prolonged - ... open-ended]

Subject:Re: About the Forum
Date:Thu, 19 Nov 1998 17:03
Author:Kim Machan  []

Dear Gerhard
In response to your last posting it is true that time is the most pressing issue when it comes to response! I've found an immense amount of material useful and provoking - thank you all!
I have been following the debate and it's immense span and would like now to refocus on basic efforts to involve better communication inter culturally.

The MAAP98 festival (Multimedia Art Asia Pacific) has resolved to build ongoing activity looking at artists exchange programmes involving artists from Australia and the Asia Pacific. This will form part of our MAAP99 program.
We came to the conclusion that this aspect of artists collaborating and being involved together is the most obvious and positive way to built relationships that hold important value. These are small but real steps to use the internet as not just a window into artists working in their own realms, but as steps to involve and create dialogue that exploits the power of communication on the web.
This came from the experience of hosting "Shoreline:particles and waves" and also with discussions with ANAT (Australian Network for Art and Technology) that are also focusing on the Asia Pacific region in 1999. We intend to build a dual program to combine a greater project in 99.

"Shoreline" spontaneously sprouted an artists collaboration with Lehan Ramsey and Hiroshi Yasukawa (Japan). Their work "Resonance" posted daily pages that were created and then responded to by each in turn. Lehan's Australian and Hiroshi's Japanese cultural backgrounds unfolded an extremely engaging dialogue that continued for the duration of the exhibition. The web's unique qualities were exploited in a very successful way, this couldn't have been acheived in any other medium.

MAAP intends to invite 2 to 3 couples to take up the exchange residency along with ANAT's program we can link with perhaps 4 to 6 countries in the Asia Pacific region.
The residency would complete by having the artists meet in Brisbane at the time of the festival bringing the personal contact to a mature virtual relationship. The hope is that these strong relationships domino into other spaces, organisations and above all, people.

Starting up MAAP was a daunting task - as so many in this forum has repeatedly stated - resources are slim and so much work is generated through a passionate vision and hope to push this space closer to it's imagined potential.

MAAP has acheived much in it's start up year and has many plans for next year but I thought to offer one clear building block may be useful.

As a practical person (and an opportunist!), I would like to hear more helpful hints from the amazing array of minds linked to the forum - to learn from their experience of intercultural projects that were/are successful in the land of the internet!
And specifically, also very keen to make contact with people working in the Asia Pacific region.

Kim Machan
Festival Director
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