|Geert Lovink on Thu, 23 May 2019 16:05:01 +0200 (CEST)|
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|Re: <nettime> Remember shih-chieh ilya li|
I also just heard that our dead activist-friend Ilya from Taiwan died because of complications from cellulitis, a few days ago.
Thanks, Graham, you have described his warm character very well!
I can't trace the exact beginning of my friendship with Ilya but it must have been in the last nineties. His trip to the third Next Five Minutes tactical media festival in Amsterdam was a huge event for him (and all of us). The idea of creating networks of artists and activists working at the crossroads of politics, aesthetics and new media was a very real, living thing.
In 2001, I did an email exchange with Ilya, for nettime: https://nettime.org/Lists-Archives/nettime-bold-0107/msg00508.html. In my 2002 book Dark Fiber there is a travel report about my 1999 visit to Taiwan and my work with Ilya. Since then I came to Taiwan and he to Amsterdam on a number of occasions.
Ilya’s politics I found always very interesting: a unique mix of radical practices, government policies (or the attempt to somehow address them), research and IT startups. His passion and enthousiasm to translate concepts from elsewhere to the high tech policy of the ‘renegade island’ that was going its own way, investigaring what freedom on many level could mean, inspired all of us. Farewell, Ilya!
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