1. S.O.S


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    Sign the petition to save Dutch New Media organisations at: http://www.change.org/petitions/save-dutch-media-art-orgs-govt-plans-to-slash-them-all. More info on: http://www.submarinechannel.com/uncategorized/being-punished-for-being-successful/ Last week the Dutch government released their plans for budget cuts on arts and culture. The Dutch cultural community is in shock about the rigorousness of these plans. Many orchestras, theater groups and cultural institutions will cease to exist. Although the Dutch New Media Culture sector is very successful, it too will get in serious problems when these plans will be executed. The Dutch e-culture institutes Mediamatic, Waag Society, WORM, STEIM, NIMK, V2 and Submarine Channel will lose ALL their government funding. And from 2013 onwards there will be no development platform for New Media in The Netherlands. Here’s is the official response of the Dutch Media Art Institutions. Or read our full statement here (in Dutch) here Dear Mr Zijlstra Dear Members of the House of Representatives One of the many decisions in your arts policy paper “More than quality; a new vision on arts policy”, is the liquidation of the total infrastructure for new media and art. The media arts & technology sector, which has acquired a place in arts policy in the past 8 years, has been abolished. The socalled ‘development institutions’: STEIM, Waag Society, V2_, Submarine Channel, WORM and Mediamatic are losing their structural funding. In addition to that the Netherlands Media Art Institute, a visual arts institution which also works in the media arts field, loses its government funding. These structural institutional resources will be rerouted into a new Fund for the Creative Industry, which’s mission is to stimulate the social and economic value of the creative industry as a whole. New media art is an independent art discipline The existance of new media as an independent art discipline, including artistic production, audiences, (inter)national networks, and events, is completely denied in this proposed new arts policy. New media art is a discipline which questions and researches the technological developments and challenges of our times, and designs new applications for these issues. It has its own idiom and art practice. It is an independent discipline sustaining independent thematics, international networks of media labs, festivals, publications and presentations. The Dutch model of these cooperating new media labs with crossovers into other fields (social, educational, economical) has been an exemplary model since years. The above mentioned ‘development institutions’ are internationally renowned, part of vast international networks, and contribute to the position of the Netherlands in the fields of new media and art. Paradox: punished for success Like no other arts field, new media art makes connections to other fields. Its R&D functions are relevant towards the total field of culture, as well as heritage and media. Exchange with science is continually growing, it plays a vital role in the innovation of social domains, and has a large impact on the current renewal of education. The paradox now is that new media art is widely acknowledged and seen as very relevant, but its source: artistic research including its audience outreach, autonomous art prodcution and international network, will now be discontinued. Project based vs structural The policy paper indicates a choice for a project based way of working, and for that reason a total cut in institutional funding for R&D. This is a very remarkable way of reasoning as R&D activities need long term commitment in order to be able to develop from experiment to result. It also requires excellent networking and a sustainable infrastructure, including complex relationships to social fields, business and science. The new media institutions like no other have paved the way for such cooperations, and have shown that arts, sciences, business and society in general can work together in meaningful coalitions. International cooperations that have been opened up to Dutch partners also exist thanks to long term policy. With the abolishment of structural support of these new media art institutions, the basis is washed away and it will be impossible in the future to enter into long term commitments. Like European funding for and participation in research and projects, and participation in national research programs. A project based way of working interferes with continuity. Talent development The new Fund for the Creative Industry is also supposed to work on talent development in a project based manner. This is contrary to the needs of the educational field where there is a demand for structural connections. The new media and art institutions have acknowledged that and play an important role in development of talent and skills through the programs they have set up together with vocational institutions and universities. They also offer internships and work with PHD students. The very same sustainable long term structures are necessary here in order to be able to structurally work within education. The way the Fund for the Creative Industry should work! New media art can only contribute to the mission of enlarging the social and economic value of the creative industry, in case the Fund is enabled to: (1) issue longer term institutional subsidies and (2) means are explicitely made available for artistic research, artistic production and audience based activities We sincerely hope that you will involve the new media and art institutions in the set up and creation of the new Fund, and that the above arguments will lead to the desired adjustments. We will be more than happy to share our views with you, as well as the knowledge that we have in the area of international new media arts policy. Yours sincerely, V2_ Waag Society STEIM Mediamatic WORM Submarine Channel Netherlands Media Art Institute

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    • Congressman Connie Mack (R-FL) Discusses His Penny Plan to Balance the Budget in Eight Years


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      Congressman Connie Mack (R-FL 14) appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to discuss his "Penny Plan," a nickname for a bill he's introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that calls for a 1% per year across-the-board cut in spending that will balance the budget by 2019, the full name of which is the One Percent Spending Reduction Act of 2011. Congressman Mack discussed his plan with hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, as well as guests former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post. Congressman Mack emphasized his desire for Washington to mirror the sort of sacrifices that American families are having to make every day, and at a much deeper rate than the one percent the Congressman proposes. Governor Rendell disagreed with Congressman, calling for some additional taxes, but Congressman Mack stayed firm. Congressman Mack also revealed that 103 other Congressmen have sent him a letter in support of his measure. Air Date: 6/7/11. Source: MSNBC

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      • Teachers Protest Layoff Plan


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        • Texas Workers Speak Out on Budget Cuts


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          Texas public workers speak out about the impact of budget cuts on the people they serve. They are proud members of the Texas State Employees Union -- TSEU-CWA 6186. Includes workers at State Supported Living Centers, State Hospitals, a former parole officer, the Texas Workforce Commission, the Department of State Health Services, a former CHIP recipient, and a Human Services worker.

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          • Budget debates at the Lansing school board meeting


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            Concerned community members spoke out at an April 27 Lansing school board meeting about proposed consolidation and closures in the district. The board is struggling to recommend cuts of up to $25 million for the 2011-12 school year. (For LSJ.com)

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              JUNE 1, 2011 AT NEW YORK CITY HALL THE PEOPLE’S BUDGET PROPOSAL "BEYOND MAY 12 coalition press conference in City Hall park, introducing an alternative budget that provides sustainable options for generating city revenue, as well as maintaining human services and education that will help poor and working people. The press conference concluded with a march on City Hall and the stopping of Broadway rush hour traffic to raise awareness of the impeding cuts proposed by the Bloomberg administration. Their budget will eliminate the human safety net that countless families rely on for medical, housing, social, and education needs." STOP THE CUTS! http://www.onmay12.org/ Video Featured in: http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2011/06/city-councilman-brad-lander-makes-holocaust-allusion-at-rally-against-nyc-serv

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              • Save BSU Theatre dept. - Kay


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                Bemidji State University will cancel the entire Theatre dept. beginning in the fall of 2012 to try to balance the budget shortfall. This page is a protest to the loss of the arts at BSU and a reflection of what we all lose when things like this happen in our world. You can read Dr. Richard Hanson's outline of the recalibration at BSU here: http://www.bemidjistate.edu/bsutoday/news-updates/2011/01/20/bsu-ntc-recalibration

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                • Tommy Lee Jones Education PSA


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                  With Texas ranking 44th out of 50 states in student spending, how can we consider making cuts? Tommy Lee Jones, actor and fellow Texan, calls for all of us to unite and take action to support quality Texas public education - http://www.raiseyourhandtexas.org/index.php/act/issues/advocacy

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                  • Ed Whitacre PSA - Support Texas Public Education


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                    With Texas ranking 44th out of 50 states in student spending, how can we consider making cuts? Ed Whitacre, Former CEO of General Motors and AT&T, calls for all of us to unite and take action to support quality Texas public education - http://www.raiseyourhandtexas.org/index.php/act/issues/advocacy

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                    • May 12th Rally on Wall Street


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                      Thousands and thousands of workers, students, teachers, and peace advocates take to the streets in protest of state and national budget cuts to transportation, education, health and human services.

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