On Tue, 8 Apr 1997, Richard Povall wrote:
> >In response to Richard's post mentioning shinkansen (their homepage is
> >http://www.backspace.org/shinkansen/ for those of you interested in the
> >dance-tech directions they are taking), Terry points towards an important
> >issue for me -- which is the future of education in the dance/arts feilds.
> >We need to encourage and promote complementary modes of education which will
> >include small and large initiatives, to include both students and
> >professionals. Short, intense events independent events linked to longer
> >term institutionalized curricula (this is something I'm personally very
> >interested in seeing happen). Institutions are being pressed to take a
> >stance on new info and media technologies, but they (generally) don't have
> >the expertise. I think we are moving towards a future where institutional
> >boundaries will become (must become) much more porous with less 'teaching'
> >going on inside the ivory walls -- and more facilitating of learning
> >experiences and student led projects.
> Of course, Scott, you're absolutely right about this, and I do think these
> more porous walls are beginning to happen. However, even those schools who
> DO have the expertise to support and build work with new technologies,
> particularly new performance technologies, often lack the resources, and
> the facilities. One of my ongoing frustrations in mt constant academic
> travels is not so much finding the talent, the hardware, and the
> enthusiasm, but the TIME and SPACE to seriously address this kind of work.
> A few hours here and there just doesn't do it (as well all know). We need
> dedicated spaces with dedicated equipment where we can work for weeks at a
> time, able to dive into work on a much deeper level. I sort of managed to
> set up such a space at Dartington - or thought I had, only to find it was
> still to be shared by other classes - thus making it impossible to leave
> complex setups in place for more than a few hours or a weekend. I am now
> trying to build such a facility at Oberlin. Yes, we need more fluid walls,
> and a more flexible approach to the academy. Above all, we need funding to
> bring in the necessary people at the necessary times.
> I would be more than interested in supporting a summer school here in Ohio
> - two or three weeks of intensive work in a dedicated atmosphere. I think
> I might even be able to find the funding for a pilot program in 1998. Is
> there the interest out there to support such a workshop - and is this what
> we really need???
> R i c h a r d P o v a l l
> Assoc. Prof of Computer Music and New Media
> MPO Box 0332 TIMARA/Studio 5
> Oberlin, OH 44074-0332 USA Oberlin Conservatory of Music
> Voice: +1.216.775.1016 Oberlin College
> Fax: +1.216.775.8942 Oberlin, OH 44074 USA
> email: Richard.Povall@oberlin.edu
> website: http://timara.con.oberlin.edu/~RPovall/RPHome.html
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