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SMRN Meeting in the Form of a Scroll, July 2020

SMRN had another wonderful meeting on July 30 with our members joining including: Bahar Akgün, Steven Baris, Çigdem Borucu, Juan Castrillón, Nina Czegledy, Siying Duan, Azadeh Emadi, Nezih Erdogan, Gustavo Procopio Furtado, Jan Hendrickse, Farshid Kazemi, Lynn Marie Kirby, Laura Marks, Radek Przedpełski, and Kalpana Subramanian.

Laura and Azadeh shared that they had decided to postpone our Vancouver symposium and exhibition to 2022, given the unlikelihood that we will all be able to travel next year. In the meantime, we would like to start publishing SMRN activities, for example group publications in journals and an SMRN Post-Pandemic Provocation.

Our member Siying Duan presented her long-term project on the traditional Chinese aesthetic concept xiang (image) and its theoretical potential for contemporary media arts analysis. Siying started her introduction of xiang (image) by comparing the title of Olafur Eliasson’s 2016 Shanghai exhibition in English and Chinese. The concept of xiang (image) points to the openness and multiplicity of things. And artistic xiang (image), by being dynamic and relational to the presence of the audience, embraces this openness and multiplicity of things without determination and specification. Siying proposed that xiang (image) may offer insightful analysis of contemporary media artworks which share dynamic, relational and non-dualistic features. Siying’s presentation aroused enthusiastic discussion on global cultural perspective, individuating, light and qi, agential realism, object-oriented ontology, among many other thought-provoking issues.

Radek’s bandwidth problem, deep in the forests of Poland, prevented our group discussion on healing technologies, but we were comforted to know that he was surrounded by the healing trees.

Lynn and Juan shared a beautiful multimedia exchange they held on our members’ blog, which you can see there in the form of a scroll.