15 May 2008 to 18 May 2008

Rehearsing freedom
Why should we discuss the question of freedom within the condition of neo-liberal societies? Is the question of freedom still relevant after all emancipatory movements in 20th century, after the fall of Berlin wall, after global march of democracy, last but not least after postmodernist denial of utopian thinking? 

Learning session 1: Rehearsing freedom with your team
The world of the performing arts is, by definition, a social and communal one. It takes a team of people working together to make a performance happen, and even the performance itself is
arguably void without the presence of the audience. Therefore collaboration is a necessity of our world, and having the skills to be an effective collaborator, either in the rehearsal room, or in the office, can mean the difference between a successful project, and a forgotten one. A minimum of understanding and training in the skill of working together can make a huge difference in the life of a company, project, or organization.

Working group A1: I Speak Through my Programme
The panel consisted of three programmers who use the platform of their professions to champion artists, encourage the development of new forms, and hopefully, to influence an audience and
thereby, a culture. Each shared his/her biography and history within the field, and some of their main aims and ambitions as a programmer.

Panel C: Be Creative! Be Free! Be... an Artist!
The meeting began exuberantly, with a suggested amendment to the title of this panel discussion- Be creative! Be free! Be an artist! …or SHUT UP! This addition was in response to the new trend of championing the qualities and merits of being an artist, without actually experiencing the reality of the struggle to live an artistic life within the constraints of a Neo-liberalistic society- the main
subject of the discussion.

A Quick Trip to Ljubljana: a personal account of the Ljubljana Plenary Meeting by Jim Haynes
A shuttle picks me up and we ride one minute up the street and parks in front of Paul & Carol Roussopoulos’s home in the Villa Seurat. A fellow comes out and gets into our small van. His name is Olivier and we drive him to a suburb in the south east of Paris. When he leaves us, we speed to CdG 1. After clearing passport and security control, I continue to the Adria Airways gate area. There I learn that the flight will be late departing. Settle down to reading that summer in paris. A woman named Anna Mortley is supposed to be flying with me to our IETM conference. But there are so many people waiting to board aircraft that it is impossible to know who it might be.

Notes and report by Mark Leahy
A sunny week in Ljubljana where I caught up with people I hadn't seen for some time, in an intense flurry of seeing thrilling and varied work, thinking about the work of the students I was travelling with, and being excited by the ideas raised in panels and discussions and conversations...

Final report: Participants' evaluation
The Plenary Meeting in Ljubljana counted a total of 408 registered participants coming from 42 different countries, 30 European countries and 12 countries from outside of Europe. From the total
delegates 28% came from Slovenia, 63% from elsewhere in Europe and 6% from outside of Europe.