This initiative is not yet defined so the idea is that it will evolve in time depending on the public’s needs and participation.
Sur><South is an ongoing media concept that is being facilitated and hopefully will be incubated by many Latin American, Australian and International new media artists.
Sur><South envisions the development, design and implementation of new strategies for collaboration within a decentralized, international networks of digital culture – a network of networks, with participants implementing a series of virtual and physical projects and events that take advantage of contributors’ pooled resources in order to foster cooperative development, growth and self-sustainability.
In its virtual tentative capacity, Sur><South is a web platform featuring different tools for exchange, documentation and dissemination – an evolving, collaborative platform for collective incubation, production and coordination of a range of digital culture initiatives.
The platform intends to hold the capacity to facilitate remote articulation of projects undertaken by interdisciplinary actors who seek to analyze and develop alternative solutions for various contextually informed social issues faced by threatened, disadvantaged and/or marginalized communities. The platform also intends to perform a secondary function as an Open Archive – a database housing the collaboratively produced content of its users, including data, research and information, theory, documentation, outlines of methodologies and prototype technologies that will be freely and publicly accessible.
BiotroniK 2.0 is the prototype opportunity for the physical materialization of Sur><South. Taking place as part of the three-day Sur><South workshop at ISEA2013, BiotroniK 2.0 will team up six Chilean artists with six Australian artists, along with several more remote viewers who will participate online. The workshop will be inspired by the Open Space format and Methodology via which participants arrive with no preconceived outcomes, but simply with the intention to meet, discuss and generate new ideas in real time, with the view to conceptualize strategies for realizing a range of collaborative outcomes beyond the event.
8th and 9th June – 8am to Noon – Public Morning On-line Presentations (Free Entry general public):
The first two days Sur><South will incorporate morning online presentations and discussions between representatives of International and Australian organizations working in new media or with collaborative models, and will be open to the public.
8th and 9th June – 2pm to 6pm- Afternoon Brainstorming and Mapping Workshops (Free Workshop with registration general public):
The first two afternoons sessions will be conducted by an Open Space facilitators and participants, who will engage in discussions and mapping exercises in order to conceptualize problems and their potential solutions.
10th of June – 9am to 6pm Public Presentations and Final discussions (Free Entry general public):
On day three participants are invited to attend the workshop to hear presentations by the artists, who will present their collective progress and projected outcomes plenary-style.
Bernardo Piñero is a presently a candidate in the Master of Technology and Aesthetics of Electronic Art at the National University of Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) having recently completed a Canadian Bureau for International Education-supported research fellowship at Hexgram, Montreal. Since 2006 Piñero has been a research team member at UNTREF’s Electronic Arts Experimentation and Research Centre, where he has coordinated projects including Cooperation and Exchange Gatherings and Electronic Arts Resources Database. Along with Natalia Pajariño and Gerardo Della Vecchia, Piñero is a co-founder of IQLab, a collective that has completed a series of major installations and interventions, as well as develop commercial interactive and multimedia products for several Argentinian brands. Piñero has exhibited public works and participated in gallery exhibitions in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Canada.
Natalia Pajariño is a Buenos Aires-based new media artist. Since 2007 Pajariño has been focused on Proyecto Abrigo (UNTREF), a major collaborative research and creative community outreach project that draws together a team of technicians, artists, teachers and students to engage with techniques for merging art and technology with fabric and textiles design. Pajariño is also a founding member of IQLab with Bernardo Piñero.
Alejandro Duque is a dual Columbian-Swiss citizen and graduate from Medellin School of Fine Arts, Colombia. Duque is presently a PhD candidate at the European Graduate School in Switzerland where he is working on a thesis titled Gifted Malice: Kinship Through the Wires and the Waves. Duque’s research focuses on HAM radio, streaming media and satellite listening/spotting, and employs GNU/Linux OS and IRC as a fundamental component of its ethos. Duque is further interested in exploring possibilities for collaboration and participation within Southern Hemispheric networks seeking to agitate and problematise the notion of the North-South divide. His artistic production embraces process-based methodologies within affective networks that integrate old and new technologies to explore both experimental and utilitarian aesthetic experience. As a member of Dorkbot-Medellin Duque founded the non-localised hacklab [k.0_lab], is founder of labSurlab.org and is also an active member of Bricolabs. Duque has also led workshops titled Into the Electromagnetic Spectrum, Invisible Landscapes and TRUeQUE at the Locus Sonus Laboratory in Southern France.
Claudio Rivera-Seguel is a British Columbian-born multi-disciplinary artist, curator, educator and consultant specialising in cultural initiatives that focus on the intersection of art, science and technology. An expert in digital graphics, new media installation, performance and public art, Rivera-Seguel has also experimented in the fields of immersive telepresence and physical computing. In 2001, River-Seguel co-founded the Chilean cultural NGO Corporación Cultural Arte y Tecnología (www.artek.cl), an umbrella organisation that fosters the development of cultural initiatives in the fields of art and technology. Rivera-Seguel graduated from UBC’s School of Architecture in 1992 where he specialised in public art projects. Since 1988 has been an active curator, administrator and participant in several international cultural events and exhibitions, has convened workshops and presented talks in numerous educational and cultural institutions and has promoted and participated within many local and international new media networking initiatives.
Matías Hermosilla holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Visual Production from the University of Concepcion Art School. Hermosilla’s work engages media spanning illustration, sculpture, video, photography and physical computing. His audiovisual research merges high and low-tech aesthetics with natural history matter and utilises a variety of non-traditional materials and formats.
Roberto Larraguibel Is a Chilean new media artist born in 1957 who is a pioneer in Chile in the development of art and technology models. He has a background based on electronic engineering that explores in the field of instrumentation research and production. Since 1998, he begins to incorporate HCI (Human Computer Interaction), psychophysics, and diagnostic applications in his creations. He experiments applying new audio-visual resources, designing the intervention of monumental spaces, and innovative presentation formats for videos within his installations . He has participated and colaborated with several Chilean artists, such as Lotty Rosenfeld, Rivera-Seguel, Demian Schopf, and Alicia Villareal among others. In 2003 he participates in the 6th Biennial of Video and New Media in Santiago, with an installation of light, sound, and video based on an interpretation of signals of equilibrium, SICO-CIBER-ARTE. In 2006, he colaborates with Nury Gaviola (www.artoficio.com), Víctor Larraguibel and Lotty Rosenfeld, in the creation of a permanent piece for Santiago’s Museo de la Solidaridad (Solidarity Museum), that embodied a memorial of Salvador Allende (an installation composed of a kinetic sculpture, a sonorous sculpture, and an installation of objects that summarize the voices of an entire period in the history of Chile). In 2008, he participates in the DigitalChile_08 collective new media exhibition at SAT Gallery, Montreal, Canada, with the Equilibrium_Explorer installation, in which visual perception is manipulated by the subject’s Bio-feedback scheme. In 2009 he worked on [re][des]arm[o] installation for Santiago’s Museo de las Artes Visuales, MAVI (Museum of Visual Arts).
Nury Gaviola Artigas is a Chilean new media artist, born in 1957. Holds a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Literature (San Jose State University, San Jose, CA USA) and a post-graduate degree in Aesthetics (Universidad Católica de Chile), since 1990 she has worked for technology based companies in Chile. From 1995 to 2001, she was the executive producer of Octubre Cine y TV, (dedicated to commercial and artistic film). She has worked as General and Creative Producer in national and international initiatives in various stages of creative design, development and fabrication of new multimedia technologies. These events include: 1998 – 2nd Presidential Summit of the Americas; 1999 – Chilean Pavillion, Guest of Honor in the International Book Fair, Guadalajara, México; 1999 – Design and Production of Chile’s participation in Hannover’s International Fair. From 2001, she works alongside Roberto Larraguibel in artOficio, a Chilean company that is a pioneer in the development of proposals that join art, science, and technology. She has participated in various installations of Chilean artists, such as Lotty Rosenfeld, Rivera-Seguel, Demian Schopf, Alicia Villareal, among others. She also has participated in the conceptual, development, execution, and installation process of 3 commemorative works for the installation “Memorial de Allende” Museo de la Solidaridad (“Allende Memorial” Solidarity Museum). In 2009 she participated in [re][des]arm[o], an installation presented at the Santiago’s Museo de las Artes Visuales, MAVI (Museum of Visual Arts).
Felix Lazo is a visual artist, electroacoustic music composer, multimedia artist and programmer, currently working on interactive feedback systems in the boundaries between the visual and the auditory. Studied biology for three years at the University of Chile, while completing his music studies. He has a Bachelor Degree in Music Performance from the Catholic University of Chile. Fulbright scholar completed a Masters in Music Education and Master of Education in Art at Columbia University, Teachers College, New York. Between 2002 and 2003 he studied music composition at the Centre of Musical Creation Iannis Xenakis in Paris (www.ccmix.com). He has exhibited and presented his work regularly in Santiago de Chile and in cities like Berlin, Cordoba, Lima, Madrid, Montreal and Paris. His latest exhibition (2012) “m: n: m :: l” an interactive visual and audible installation was presented at the AC Institute Gallery New York.
Hamilton Mestizo Reyes Graduated from fine arts, in 2006 in Bogotá Colombia. His intrest lie within the field of science and technology and also explores around electronics, biology, sound and social-culture implications. From 2008 to 2012 he teached in design and architecture department of the Javeriana University in Colombia. Mestizo has participated in events and workshops in Colombia, Europe and South America dealing with biotechnology and electronics and about collaborative DIY and techno culture. He is presently developing projects in the Hackspace London. http://librepensante.org
Workshop Facilitator - Matt Wicking
On-line Collaboration - Alejandro Duque, Michel Bauwens, Ed Mitchell, Jaime Dames, Monica Barros, Jorge Castro, Felipe Fonseca, Constanza Piña, Frankling Lopez, Jorge Crowe, Marco Valdivia, Rodrigo Diaz, Hugo Baronti, Andrés Osorio Parraguéz, Alonso Fernandez, Lila Pagola, Rigoberto Vasquez, Yolitzin Acatl, Bruno Vianna, Cínthia Mendonça, Metiendo Ruido, Frederick Cummings, James Dimond, Gabriel Vanegas, Fabio Barone, Andres Burbano, Felipe Cesar Londoño, Camilo Cantor, Victoria Sinclair, Michel Baffico.
Es la convergencia inevitable?
Sur><South tiene como objetivo discutir, analizar, diseñar y conformar una Red Internacional de Colaboración entre Creativos-Activistas del ámbito de la Cultura Digital, con el fin de favorecer el desarrollo y la sustentabilidad de diferentes comunidades.
Mediante esta red de redes se llevarán a cabo proyectos y encuentros, virtuales y presenciales, aprovechando los aportes específicos que poseen tanto los entornos y herramientas web, como así también los espacios físicos de intercambio.
SurSouth se apoyará en una plataforma web, que contendrá y vinculará diversas herramientas de intercambio, colaboración y difusión. Se convertirá en una plataforma colaborativa de incubación y coordinación de proyectos.
Allí se podrá articular de forma remota el trabajo de grupos interdisciplinarios que analicen y desarrollen soluciones alternativas a diferentes problemáticas contextuales de comunidades y sociedades amenazadas, en desventaja o marginales.
Será una herramienta para la creación, producción y difusión cooperativa que permita y asista la elaboración e implementación de soluciones creativas, que promuevan el buen vivir, la igualdad social y la economía sustentable.
Modalidades de trabajo:
Proyectos y encuentros virtuales (a distancia): serán frecuentes y distribuidos, (pudiendo ser simultáneos), todos ellos documentados y facilitados por la plataforma virtual.
Proyectos y encuentros presenciales: serán talleres, espacios de producción, espacios de debate y discusión, realización de catastros, presentaciones de proyectos creativos, y otras actividades; que compartan un espacio físico.
Proyectos y encuentros híbridos: actividades presenciales en espacios físicos compartidos, con complementación y soporte web para comunicación a distancia, documentación y difusión online.
Base de Datos “Archivo Abierto”:
El contenido generado por las colaboraciones (datos, información, teoría, producciones, documentación, métodos, modelos de desarrollo, tecnologías, etc.) estará disponible de forma abierta y gratuita en una base de datos denominada “Archivo Abierto”, accesible desde la plataforma.
A partir de su publicación y difusión (clara y didáctica), estos contenidos se podrán replicar y/o adaptar a diferentes contextos, fomentando la colaboración y el intercambio, convirtiéndose en herramientas potentes para el desarrollo comunitario sustentable.
Organización y metodología:
SurSouth procurará organizarse de manera descentralizada, inspirándose en diversos modelos emergentes de intercambio y colaboración de la Open Culture, como las comunidades P2P, Open Source, , Hacktivistas, Culturas de Autogestión, Creative Commons, “Crisis Commons”, y metodologías como BookSprints, CrowdFunding, UnConferences, HackLabs, etc.
En esta primera etapa uno de sus rasgos distintivos será su flexibilidad, de modo que los más diversos actores puedan discutir profundamente, entre otras cuestiones: estructura organizativa, prácticas y dinámicas de intercambio, campos de acción, roles, prioridades, objetivos y alcances de corto, mediano y largo plazo, criterios de éxito, estrategias de financiación y sustentabilidad, requerimientos tecnológicos y recursos humanos, nivel de institucionalización, ecología y economía de la organización, y por que no, la pertinencia del proyecto SurSouth en sí mismo.
Al finalizar esta primera etapa de debate, se dará lugar a un período de consolidación, sobre las bases de los consensos y conclusiones alcanzadas.
En este comienzo, se espera que a largo plazo SurSouth sea un sistema autogestivo, sustentable, con dinámicas horizontales, auto-covocante y dinámico, que fomente la generación de conocimiento sistémico, colaborativo e innovador (inspirado en lo mágico, y espiritual) al servicio de las culturas periféricas y marginales.