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Helsinki to host IFACCA's first Mini-Summit IFACCA, 19 August 2004, Australia

m-cult, centre for new media culture in association with Arts Council of Finland and IFACCA will host an expert meeting on 22-23 August to share information on policies to support media arts and new media culture. With participants from Canada, India, the Netherlands, England, Thailand and Australia, the meeting is bound to generate an interesting debate. Reports on the meeting will be published online by IFACCA and the Arts Council of Finland will pubIish (in English) a special edition of their quarterly magazine, ARSIS. The meeting is held in affiliation with ISEA2004, the 12th International Symposium on Electronic Art 12-22 August 2004. The mini-summit will also aim to: * assess implementation of new media policy, both models of best practice and failures * understand the implications of media arts-specific policy in relation to a model where "new media" is supported across the spectrum of all art forms * discuss new media culture policy, where media arts is a focus area * discuss the increasing focus on combined research and production and the challenge the approach poses for traditional divisions in funding * discover ways through which international collaborations (productions, networks, non-local organizations) could be better funded: the networked new media culture. * develop concrete collaborations, possible funding schemes, statistics accumulation, research and development projects amongst the participants ISEA2004, the 12th International Symposium on Electronic Art 12-22 August 2004, is a major media arts and culture event that spans Helsinki and Tallinn and Baltic Sea cruise. To see the ISEA2004 tabloid magazine about its programme, go to: