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Finally I got some time to respond, including my initial thoughts on from Renee's and Stephen's recent postings on 'time' and 'commodification'. At the same time I am watching the news unfold on the latest burst of the world economy (at one point I imagined I was imagining looking instead at Tatsuo Miyajima 'Counting' installations).
On 24 September n.e.w.s was introduced in an interview with FBI Radio, FBi 94.5FM, an independent, community-based radio station in Sydney, Australia. The interview was part of FBI's Artscape program, and introduced n.e.w.s. to their listeners of Sydney - many of whom are hopefully joining us online.
In 2008, in my role as Senior Research Curator at the Casula Powerhouse and the Center for Contemporary Art & Politics, College of Fine Arts/UNSW in Sydney, I organized the Forum 'Extra/Ordinary Cities: The Cultural Dynamics of Urban Intervention'.
A few months ago, I was asked to respond to a questionnaire on 'What is Contemporary Art' by C-Arts magazine (http://www.c-artsmag.com). A brief report of the questionnaire was published in C-Arts #2 (March/April 2008). The discussion is still ongoing, and I feel multiple platforms should address these issues. N.E.W.S. is one of these platforms, and hence I would like to challenge the contributors to consider the issue of 'Contemporary Art: 'Now' or 'Never'?
s with any new platform for communication, there is the need to ask questions on the role of control, distribution, and reception. This means asking the simple, but important questions of: 'Who are we writing for?'; 'What are the responsibilities of authorship?'; 'Are we just preaching to the converted?'; and '[Well then,] What about the readership?'
This forms the last in a series of 3 initial discussions that I am hoping to publish before the Launch of n.e.w.s. during ISEA 2008 in Singapore. Unfortunately time is running too short for a more profound introduction. However, discussions on the internet and cyberspace as possible 'total works of art' have been taking place in the past, so hopefully a discussion can start before I have time to post my extended introduction.