[resource-net] reSource meeting: Follow up + Notes

Kristoffer Gansing kg at transmediale.de
Thu Mar 27 13:01:34 CET 2014

Hi all,

Great - thanks for these notes Michelle and thanks again to Supermarkt
for being such excellent hosts.
Looking forward to follow the future developments and to soon share the
plans for the transmediale reSource events that will happen throughout
the year.

best wishes,

Kristoffer Gansing – artistic director
Klosterstr. 68, 10179 Berlin, Germany - tel +49 30 24749 769 - fax +49
30 24749 760, Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH, Amtsgericht Berlin
Charlottenburg, HRB 41312 B, Stellv. Vorsitzende des Aufsichtsrates: Dr.
Christa Juretzka, Geschäftsführer Moritz van Dülmen

On 03/27/2014 12:53 PM, Michelle O'Brien wrote:
> Hello reSource!
> Thanks to everyone who made it to the meeting last night. I found the
> free-form discussion especially interesting considering most events we
> curate at SUPERMARKT are highly facilitated. Below are a few notes from
> the discussion. To any others who were present: you are encouraged to
> make comment.
> A personal aside, despite the fact some reSource meetings and
> conversations may on the surface feel more "progressive" than others, I
> think this network is an important part of Berlin's media & tech-based
> art and cultural landscape with a very interesting group of engaged
> participants. I'm happy to be a part of it, and its evolution.
> Best
> Michelle
> - -
> *reSource meeting // Minutes*
> *Questions for discussion prompter*
>   * How is the reSource currently evolving as a network and how would
>     you like to see it evolve into the future?
>   * How would you or your organisation like to contribute to the
>     reSource network?
>   * How can the reSource network, as a communal resource, best foster
>     space and opportunities for collaboration?
> *Intros*
>   * Welcome from SUPERMARKT
>   * Tatiana presents a recap of past activities of reSource network and
>     her changing role, plus her new role at The Wye
>   * Personal introductions: max 30 secs each person
> *Politicising the Network*
>   * Should we seek union strength, political power, a common voice?
>   * Strategic partnerships could be beneficial for the reSource
>   * Other non-commercial networks include Haben und Brauchen
>     (www.habenundbrauchen.de) and Netzwerk freier Berliner Projekträume
>     und -initiativen (www.projektraeume-berlin.net/)
>   * reSource network on the other hand has a curatorial, critical and
>     aesthetic criteria beyond these networks. There are synergies
>     between us but we're not the same. We execute discussions into a
>     curatorial framework. Perhaps we should attend eachothers meetings?
>   * We all deal with precarious cultural politics surrounding network
>     continue. e.g. Kotti & Co. and their focus on gentrification issues
>     in Xberg, and the dreaded issue of funding
>   * This (political/activist) work can be exhausting, but is there a
>     need for politicising issues above and beyond the exhibition space?
> *Meetings agendas and formats: necessary evils?**
> *
>   * Do we need an agenda for meetings? It's dependent on space and
>     important to mix it up each month. This is an organic part of the
>     reSource format/process
>   * Mailing list: let's use it! Discussion beyond meetings on the
>     mailing list could be beneficial
>   * Each meeting host/venue in it's own style, but it needs to keep the
>     needs of network in mind during meetings
>   * Agendas for future meetings could be based on host venue. What
>     issues and themes are we currently BURNING for? What projects and
>     curatorial themes are we currently working on/with? What lies at the
>     nexus of our work and therefore defines this network?
>   * Format of the meetings could be decided through the mailing list or
>     through affinities based on people in attendance and specific host
>     venues
>   * We could focus on what each space is working on and link to
>     practices, connecting spaces on different themes
> *Identity issues**? Embrace the schizoid*
>   * Platforms of reSource network: mailing list, monthly meet up,
>     reSource page on transmediale website, plus TBA website (as break
>     out/sub-network)
>   * The TBA website (working group that came from reSource) is a
>     platform that's already running, but not currently being utilised:
>     http://www.tbaberlin.de/ > traffic and participation are currently
>     very low
>   * Identity issues of network! TBA (technology based art network)?
>     reSource network? transmediale? Schizoid nature is apparent! Embrace it?
>   * How is transmediale going to proceed with the reSource for
>     transmedial culture? Continued events throughout year? Vorspiel?
>     Other initiatves?
> *Content is key*
>   * In terms of a web platform and exposure to a larger audiences,
>     journalistic and content creation effort required to gain exposure,
>     funding and growth
>   * Members must be activated to use this platform but above all,
>     in-depth editorial content is needed
>   * How do you create participation? Content first, then participation!
>   * Working groups needed again for sourcing/producing content for web
>     platform?
> *reSource as network art*
>   * Can a network evolve, grow and progress with no 'leader'?
>   * A flat-hierarchy network can successful be 'curated' for periods of
>     time via mailing list, e.g. ideas for next reSource meeting could
>     start now via mailing list
>   * Baruch then compared the reSource to a network art performance
>     process (in a more poetic way than these notes do justice)
>   * Are these free-form meetings beneficial to the network? Some
>     newcomers say no. Some reSource regulars say yes. Verdict: hosted
>     meetings are necessary every now and then, combined with structured
>     and curated events at other times
>   * Should the reSource network stay Berlin specific or create
>     international ties to similar networks/initiatives? Depends on the
>     aim of the network. Is the aim to gain funding from Berlin bodies,
>     or gaining international attention/recognition? This is still not
>     defined
>   * reSource network has achieved a lot - filled gaps in media art
>     landscape, met every month for almost 2 years - but we need to be
>     more focused with more specific goals for future, and solve some
>     identity issues
> *Newcomer love*
>   * Final comment from guest: perhaps for future meetings we need a
>     'slot' for artists and newcomers to the network to give a short
>     'pitch', introducing themselves and their work, otherwise it is
>     difficult for newcomers to actively engage with a logistical
>     discussion about the evolution of the network
>   * Group agrees: the meetings must remain open to newcomers and give
>     them space for contribution
> -- 
> Michelle O'Brien
> Programme Co-curator & Creative Producer
> Brunnenstr 64, 13355 Berlin
> +49 1577 656 7378
> michelle at supermarkt-berlin.net
> www.supermarkt-berlin.net

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