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Communication Front is about art and technologies about how artists can make use of new technologies to open up new possibilities in their work about how communication technologies can help us break out of geographical isolation - imposed by visa regimes like Schengen and by financial dependency on funding from abroad - by spanning across continents networks of people with common interests Communication front is also about how those technologies influence the relations between people in and from East and West and how these relations take shape within the communication structures based on said technologies When reflecting on art and new technologies a key notion seems to be that of elites There have been many traditions in the history of art that referred in one way or another to their being part of an elite an avant-guarde more perceptive of developments and chances more apt to show a way forward than others Extreme examples may be the futurists or the expressionists At the same time perhaps because of the perception of the state socialist regime until 1989 as levelling down and hindering any effort any search outside of a prescribed ordinary there is a tendency in Bulgaria even outside the field of art for people to count themselves as part of an elite to see themselves as different from the herd as standing out from a majority of common people who are seen and described as simple-minded uneducated relicts without a future This elitism whether in art or in Bulgaria or both often comes hand in hand with contempt towards people who live in less industrialized conditions who are less included in the modern world less familiar with modern technologies A frequently used derogatory word in Bulgarian is selianin which means peasant or villager The relation between the city Sofia connected to the world and the countryside with an altogether different time regime is ambiguous Few people in Sofia including net artists are completely cut
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