[off list] Re: Attendance Requirement


Subject: [off list] Re: Attendance Requirement
From: Dennis Bathory-Kitsz (bathory@maltedmedia.com)
Date: Sun Jan 30 2005 - 11:45:42 EST


I sent this to Kevin off-list, but he suggested I send it on to the list in
order to air some of the points.

At 10:44 PM 1/28/05 -0500, Kevin Austin wrote:
>How many people would pay the registration fee to go to a conference
>where few (or none) of the composers are present?
>What are some of the options given the harsher economic realities.

Well, my electronic colleague, to save myself embarrassment, I'm sending
this off-list.

You've found me at an especially unsympathetic moment. What's in your
department's dumpster? Unless yours is different from the university
dumpsters I've dived for supplies, it's a treasure trove of the nearly-new.
And those academic discounts? Equipment & studios to use? Support staff?
Months off? Print shops? Sabbaticals? Health insurance? Maybe even pension
plans?

This "harsher economic realities" thing is a real class issue.

And lucre aside, I'd think avoidance of creative inbreeding might be worth
paying for. Quite a few names I see on published attendance lists turn up
as names presenting at other conferences and then turn up as names
presenting at university seminars and doggone if they don't also pop up on
university faculties (with few dumpster-divers among them).

On the other hand, we independents are cordoned off from those "harsh"
(dumpster-free) "economic realities" by our own harsher realities.
Collaterally, our groundbreaking work becomes invisible and excluded from
the histories of the artform that are written in academia because we're
economically de-schmoozed. In truth, even if we document the work ourselves
(say, on the web, as you've suggested), it's not likely to find itself in
The Big Book of Really Important Electroacoustic Stuff, is it?

Okay, back on topic: In my experience, projects that can't economize in
order to increase their diversity might want to reconsider their existence.
(The pooled resources of several academic conferences might provide one
diverse one).

Alas, not having attended class-barrier conferences, I haven't observed the
production mechanism first-hand, and so can't offer my skinflint suggestions.

As I say, you've found me at an especially unsympathetic moment.

Dennis



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