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The TV swansong symposium took place at BALTIC Gateshead on Saturday the
27th and Sunday the 28th of July 2002. There were limited places available
at the symposium - half for artists and collaborators who took part in
the project and the rest for interested individuals. About 55 people attended.
An opportunity for interested individuals from any field who encountered the project, to intensively debate issues raised by TV swansong in a social format.
HOW THE FORMAT HAS BEEN DEVELOPED:
The idea of a symposium that spans two days and works with a limited number of delegates was developed with the TV swansong artists, curators and project manager through discussion at the last two general meetings. All of the artists commented on the value of these meetings for the development of TV swansong as a whole and in relation to their own projects. There was a strong sense that everyone wanted to keep this feeling of a round the table discussion but also expand it to include a wider audience and this largely shaped the format decisions for the symposium.
The other aspect of TV swansong that the artists felt strongly about retaining within the symposium structure was that of both a live or real audience mixed with an online/virtual one. Hence the decision to webcast much of the event live but also to host one of the smaller discussion groups on-line and allow questions from the chatroom to be fed back to the keynote speakers.
WHO IS IT FOR?
We drew up a provisional list of 80 delegates to be invited to the event. The first half of the tickets were for artists or collaborators directly involved in TV swansong projects. The second half of the tickets were for other interested participants and were open. The final list comprised of people we contacted directly and people who read about it on the web or via word of mouth.
WHAT CAN I SEE NOW?
We will shortly be updating this part of the site with a full real media archive covering the general discussions and screenings plus notes from each of the small discussion groups.