PRIVATE PHILANTHROPY

Outside the United States, private philanthropy seems to play an important, although relatively less prominent, role as a source of funding for the arts and IT. Although the committee did not attempt a comprehensive survey of relevant programs, one initiative did come to its attention that deserves mention. The Daniel Langlois Foundation has established the Program for Organizations from Emerging Regions,115 through which it financially supports projects that allow artists or scholars who are not European or North American to immerse themselves in technological contexts that are non-existent or difficult to access in their own country. The aim of the program is to promote the integration of knowledge and practices specific to different cultures, and grants may also support research projects that combine traditional artistic practices with advanced technology or that explore methods and processes based on the unique aesthetic principles of certain cultures. Each year the foundation selects two different priority regions. Examples of projects funded through the program include the following:

  • Lima, Peru: Alta Technologia Andina (ATA), Media Laboratory for Education, Research and Creation in Video and New Media. Funding was used to help integrate electronic elements into local artistic practices and to set up a shared space for cross-disciplinary education and the creation and distribution of experimental artwork.

  • Delhi, India: Center for the Study of Developing Societies: Interface Zone. Funding was used to create a physical meeting place in Delhi to act as a dynamic node for fostering the exhibition, online dissemination, and pedagogy of new-media culture.

  • Sofia, Bulgaria: InterSpace Media Arts Center. Funding was used to support new-media projects and to showcase projects generated by the media lab in an effort to foster sustainable growth in the independent artistic scene in Bulgaria and to encourage artistic experimentation with new media.

  • Riga, Latvia: The Center for New Media Culture: Acoustic Space Research Lab and Program. Funds were used to establish two media labs and to develop the Acoustic Space Research Program to investigate the field of streaming media; to coordinate projects in sound art, audio, radio, and streaming media; and to organize international events on sound and acoustics.

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The primary source of information for this overview was the Daniel Langlois Foundation Web site at <http://www.fondation-langlois.org>. For 2002, the foundation gave priority to West Africa and South America.



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