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FREE SPEECH INTERNET TV NEWSLETTER   Jan 24, 2000
--The power of the Internet in the people's hands
--The largest library of progressive video on the Internet
--Over 7000 free hosted websites
--Join us. Support us.

http://www.freespeech.org

If you no longer wish receive this newsletter, please scroll
to the very bottom for instructions.

______________________________________________________________________


T A B L E  O F  C O N T E N T S

1. NEW AT FREESPEECH
New website design
New 24/7 Digital Broadcast Satellite Channel
New online store to get an arsenal of progressive video
New call for support (technically new)

2. CURRENT FEATURED FILM AND VIDEO
Doing Time - Sorrow and rebellion come alive in stone.
Haitian Piggy Bank and A Pig's Tale.
Two films describe another American fist in the face of Haiti.
"Let America Be America Again", Langston Hughes
"Ballad of a Black Man", Chinua Achebe
America's Epidemic of Illiteracy--The Prison Literacy Project.
Lesbian Life in the Philippines.

3. THE BATTLE IN SEATTLE
Find how tens of thousands of workers, environmentalists, students, and
pro-democracy citizens shut down the WTO ministerial.  Complete video
reports.

4. COMING SOON

5. FEATURED HOSTED WEB SITES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
An investigation of the paranormal -- The normal is not enough!?
Euskal Herria Journal - The Basques, a unique language, a resilient people
and the question of independence.
Musique d'Afrique - features Africa's greatest guitarist – Grand Master
Franco.
Twin Peaks Freaks - don't let it happen to you or your kids!!
Inconceivable - The Dharma Bums.
And for those in favor of making it legal - Marijuana Times.

5. MISC.
Shall we feature your site?
Remove me from this list!

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1. NEW AT FREE SPEECH TV

A NEW SITE DESIGN. What do you think?  Does it make it clearer what we are
about?  A site to serve your creativity and passion?  Tell us what you
think

at feedback {AT} freespeech.org

FREE SPEECH TV ON SATELLITE TV: 24/7
Free Speech has secured a license for a 24 hour channel on Dish TV
(Echostar).  You can get our programming in most areas of the US with a
satellite dish and subscription to Dish TV's 61..5 satellite. Available at
most electronic stores or write us for more info.

NEW ONLINE VIDEO STORE:
*Provide guides for making and positing websites and online audio/video. And
encourage you to do it!

*Provide discussion boards to develop conversations about the films and
sites we host and other topics bearing on freespeech and the ability to
"speak truth to power."  We are also developing 'centers' to focus on some
of the most engaging issues on the Web: sex, privacy
and censorship.

*Provide a place to hear some of the best "radio" on the internet. From
Zimbabwe's Radio Bridges Overseas to the Bruderhof's weekly programs.  We
invite you to establish your own "radio" program on freespeech.org.

And we are non profit. So we depend on your support and some of the new and
old revenue generating features of our site:

*Premium accounts: get up to 100 megs of storage space in increased
bandwidth for audio/video streaming.  At $15 to $25 per month it's one of
the best deals around.  And premium accounts can be used for commercial
purposes. (within reason and our guidelines)

*Our new online store: Most of the video's we host are more important,
better quality and more entertaining than 99.9% of the stuff you see on TV.
But you won't see them on TV because of the strong arm of market censorship.
And you won't find them at Blockbuster.  So, to the extent possible, we are
trying to make them available for purchase through freespeech.org's online
store. Or let you know where you can order them.  And a good place to order
independent films you don't find on our site is www.buyindies.com, a new
online film distribution company that has over 50,000 titles.

* We've got the idea of providing an auction space to help you get rid of
stuff or find stuff, and at the same time stuff our thin wallet a bit.  Not
exactly an original idea these days, but maybe something that will work.
Let us know if it's something you'd be interested in.

______________________________________________________________________


2. CURRENT FEATURED FILM AND VIDEO

Note: all video clips require RealPlayer G2. You can download the
free player from http://www.real.com

HAITI'S PIGGY BANK
For generations the Haiti's creole pig had been the peasants' most important
economic asset. Fearful of the spread of Swine Fever to its own pork
industry, the US forced the eradication of the entire stock in 1980, further
devastating the peasants.  The film documents another American fist in the
face of the Haitian people.  But it also shows the work of Haiti's largest
peasant movement, with support from an American group, Grassroots
International, to reintroduce the creole pig.  Narrated by Edwidge
Danticat.
Produced by Grassroots International, 1999.
Directed by Katherine Kilburn and Robyn Lloyd
http://freespeech.org/ramfiles/haiti_piggy.ram

A PIG'S TALE
A shocking documentary of American arrogance and its ruthless disregard for
the people of Haiti, their economy and culture. Haitian farmers depended on
the Creole pig. It was the life blood of the rural economy. "Maybe we made a
mistake" said US agents after the slaughter liquidated the species on the
island.
Produced by Anne Parisio and Leah Gordon 1998
Pariso Productions, 56-58 Clerkenwell Rd. London
http://freespeech.org/ramfiles/pigstale.ram

LET AMERICA BE AMERICA, AGAIN
A video interpretation of Langston Hughes brilliant, provocative poem of
American promise and reality and hope.. "Let America be America,
again....America never was America to me.....there's never been equality for
me...or freedom in the 'land of the free'.." Read by Piri Thomas
Produced by Culture Shock
http://freespeech.org/ramfiles/americabeamerica.ram

BALLAD OF A BLACKMAN
Two poems by Nigerian novelist and poet Chinua Achebe: Answers and Beware
Soul Brother. "I broke at last...terror-ringed fascination that bound my
ancient gaze to those crowding faces of plunder, and seized my remnant life
in a miracle of decision..."
Read by Kweku Dawkins.
Music Ballad of a Black Man, The World Saxophone Quartet.
Produced and Directed by lan C Dawkins-Moore.
http://freespeech.org/ramfiles/newballad.ram

THE PRISON LITERACY PROJECT
Illiteracy is a plague in America. Estimates run as high as 27 million
people. Rates continue to grow and could reach as high as 25-30% of the
population. The highest rates are among the poor in the inner cities, where
education resources continue to deteriorate and the road to prison is paved
by the police, courts and politicians. At Pennsylvania's Graterford Prison,
the Prison Literacy Project is a model of community involvement and respect
for prisoners potential. Prisoner students and mentors from inside and
outside the prison have created an environment of hope, as seen in this
story told by the men and women involved in the project.
Produced by Mick Ostrowski
Directed by Glen Muschio
http://freespeech.org/ramfiles/prisonliteracyproject.ram

LESBIAN LIFE IN THE PHILIPPINES
Filipina lesbians add a new twist to their nations 400 years of resistance
to colonialism.  In audio.
http://www.freespeech.org/ramfiles/phillipines.ram

______________________________________________________________________


3. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

SHOWDOWN IN SEATTLE - FIVE DAYS THAT SHOOK THE WTO
A dramatic documentation of popular resistance and police repression at the
World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle, November 1999. A one hour film
edited from the daily half-hour satellite feeds produced by Deep Dish TV,
Paper Tiger TV, Whispered Media, Changing America, VideoActive and dozens of
videographers and editors at the Independent Media Center
http://www.indymedia.org
http://freespeech.org/ramfiles/wto_full.ram

SHOWDOWN IN SEATTLE: DAILY BROADCASTS FROM THE STREETS
Daily 1/h hour shows broadcast via satellite during the five days of
confrontation at the WTO meting. These reports were accompanied each day by
a half hour video documenting the effects of US financial and trade policies
in the Third World. http://www.freespeech.org/fsitv/wto.html

_______________________________Support_______________________________


BUYINDIES.COM: A great new site has launched that enables filmmakers and
distributors to sell their films and videos online. Over 40,000 titles are
already gathered for the catalog.  To find out more, go to
http://www.buyindies.com/sell.  Filmmakers who wish to show clips of their
films in the BuyIndies online catalogue are invited to set up a premium
site
with http://www.freespeech.org

______________________________________________________________________


4. COMING SOON

DOING TIME
Powerful, painful words of women in prison incarnated in the haunting,
poignant sculptures of Persimmon Blackbridge.  Text by Gero Ferguson,
Michelle Kanashiro-Christensen, Lyn MacDonald, Bea Walkus. This is one of
the most beautiful, engaging works of art we have seen in a long time. A
profoundly moving video that will resonate in your soul.
A film by Lorna Boshman
http://freespeech.org/ramfiles/doingtime.ram

HAVE YOU SEEN LA NUEVA MUJER REVOLUCIONARIA PUERTORIQUENA?
In 1980 11 activists for Puerto Rican independence were arrested in Chicago,
tried on a variety of charges, convicted and sentenced to from 40 years to
life in prison. They joined a long tradition of Puerto Rican nationalists
and revolutionaries jailed by US imperialism, which colonized Puerto Rico in
1896. In 1999, faced with growing demands for the prisoners release, Clinton
granted them "clemency."  In this 1986 interview from prison, four of the
women prisoners, Haydee Torres, Lucy Rodriguez, Dylcia Pagan and Carmen
Valerin recount their experiences growing up with American racism, their
decisions to become fighters for Puerto Rican independence, and how they
withstood and stayed mentally strong during nearly 20 years of
imprisonment.
A remarkable document of ordinary women of extraordinary strength.
http://freespeech.org/ramfiles/puertoricanpow..ram

______________________________________________________________________


5. FEATURED HOSTED WEB SITES

PARANORMAL RESEARCH GROUP OF NORTH DAKOTA
http://www.freespeech.org/paranormal
Reports of paranormal activity in the Upper Plains, includes photographs and
audio examples of some very strange phenomenon (not Bill Murray or Dan
Akroyd). What else is there to do in subzero weather all winter?

EUSKAL HERRIA JOURNAL
http://www.freespeech.org/ehj
Basque Country Journal. A beautifully designed site with political and
cultural information about the Basque people of Spain and France. A unique
language, a resilient people and a history that keeps the question of
independence on front burner. Includes an eskudi language section for those
who'd like to brush up before the next trip to Bilbao.

MUSIQUE D'AFRIQUE
http://www.freespeech.org/afrisounds
This site features the music of Grand Master Franco, considered to be one of
Africa's best guitarists. LUAMBO MAKIADI FRANCO passed away on October 12,
1989. Lots of great music, including "Radio Trattoir", available in
streaming audio. Definitely check it out!

TWIN PEAKS
http://www.freespeech.org/twinpeaksfreaks
A Group Of Kids Who Are Hated At Their School (Twin Peaks High School)
Because Of The Way They Dress And The Fact That They Accept Everybody For
Who They Are. Make People Aware Of Our Story To Prevent It Happening To
Others

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6. MISC.

FEATURES
If you want us to feature your or someone else's Freespeech.org site, please
send a message to editor {AT} freespeech.org with your suggestions.

CALLING ALL DESIGNERS
We are currently working on a new site design to make the site a bit more
organized. If you would like to contribute with your skills or ideas, please
send an email to help {AT} freespeech.org with the subject heading "subscribe
newdesign".

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Here some information of the next project of the Shedhalle: Low Tech

LowTech
cheap, finer, slower

Exhibition & Events

Opening: Friday, 28.1.2000, 7 pm
Duration: 28.1.-19.3.2000


The project "LowTech" collects different initiatives, which question in
depth the actual developement of technology and economy. The present
economic conditions call for the permanent production of apparatus,
which are not primarely orientated on the interests of the users, but on
the demands of growing consumption and profit. Because high tech is
getting more and more complicate, the people get the impression of
powerlessness. Otherwise the machines' applications become constantly
more and more opaque. That high tech keeps getting useless, is used as
an argument of those, who are intensively engaged with low tech. They
have lost their belief in progress by technology, without being hostile
to technology on principle. They use simple technic apparatus and
machines. Their characteristic is, that you can acquire them cheap or
free, and that you can use them without great knowledge. The low tech
fans often fall back on "primitive" machines, which are taken of the
market, to make way for new, mostly more expensive machines. If these
machines are really more useful or not, is secondary to the industry.
That this recourse on discarded or "old-fashioned" machines can imply
nostalgic aspects, is not contested. For that reason you have to
differentiate within the low tech initiatives and artists. The project
"LowTech" of the Shedhalle will primarely present those, who work with
an subversive interest and have a dissident conception. It includes the
media film, video, computer, photography and music. "LowTech" is the
cool reply to the myths of technology and to the desires, which the
industry will evoke.

Participants of the exhibition are:

Sadie Benning, Critical Art Ensemble, etoy, Linsenfrei, KONSUM Art
Server www.konsum.net, Kristin Lucas, Ralf Palandt, David Pfluger,
Redundant Technology Initiative, VinylVideoTM


events

Saturday, 29.1.2000, 20.00

Lift-off
the Super 8-Night to technology and science fiction

with films of

Beatrice Jäggi (Zürich)
Galileo Galilei, 1983, 8 Min.
Super 8ter Januar 2000, 1999, 1 Min.
Godzilla, 1998/99, 2 Min.

Lucas Lumma (München)
Rundreise, 1990-97, 10 Min.
Ärzte auf der Flucht, 1985, 20 Min.

Ralf Palandt (München)
Das Mädchen aus dem Weltraum und das Skelett der Urzeitbestie.
Das antifaschistische Horror-B-Movie, 1992, 35 Min.
Der Gewalt von Rechts keine Chance, 1993, 6 Min.

David Pfluger (Basel)
Säurefabrik Trickfilme, 1995-98, 12 Min.
(Sendeschluss, The Beauty and the Beast, 1:0, The BLOB, Star Wars -
Special Edition, Der Weg ins Glück)
Souvenir Defense, 1996, 2 Min
TV-Snack, 1999, 1 Min.
Nicht von Interesse, 1997, 2,5 Min.
Die Wurstfabrik, 1995, 2 Min..
Remote Control, 1999, 1 Min.


Thursday, 24.2.2000, 22.00, in Substrat (im Rohstofflager, Josefstrasse
224)

high_end_low

live acts: People like us (UK), Institut für Feinmotorik (D), Voice
Crack (CH)
Visuals: Midi
Audio-Installation: Ralf Schreiber

a cooperation of Domzil, Karbon, Shedhalle and Substrat


Friday, 25.2.2000, 20.00

Videos of Sadie Benning

>From early films with pixelcamera to her newest work "Flat is beautiful"
of the video artist and musician (Le Tigre) Sadie Benning (Chicago)


Saturday, 11.3.2000, 14.00

Update11.3.00

A discussion on the relation of high and low tech
with etoy, Margarete Jahrmann, Steven Kurtz (Critical Art Ensemble),
Giaco Schiesser, Thomas Städeli, James Wallbank (Redundant Technology
Initiative)
event: KONSUM art server www.konsum.net featuring Lo_Ser www.lo_ser.org

for further informations: www.shedhalle.ch


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.......2.1. "JOINT VENTURE"


Press Release:
The Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig
Department of Media Art


presents


"Joint venture" - about art and economy


2.2.2000 the New Media department of the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig is
taking on "joint venture" - a project combining a class showcase and works
of final exam students at the BIC (Business & Innovation Centre) Leipzig.
For the time being the students are taking over a office building in an
industrial neighborhood - transforming offices into production places for
works in progress, turning them into labs for experimental
investigations.


"Joint venture" will be a platform for discussion about the different faces
of art practices - here
presented by the student works - but with the focus being shifted towards
the subject of media and not the autonomous singular art piece. Networking
and context integration as main aspect of art. Media specific works
implementing more and more the conditions under which they are being
developed.


Drawing conntections to urban culture, to pop culture and almost playfully
embedding newest technologies the young artists deal with subjects of
political, economical and scientific matters. The choice of the location -
the BIC - is a thrust to leave known environments and to experiment with
new cooperation in the meaning of a "joint venture".


The show is part of the annual "Rundgang" show (February 4th/5th) at the

academy of visual arts and
it ends February 10th 2000.


A catalog will be avaible June 2000.



03.02.2000 - 10.02.2000 :::::::::::::::::::: :::::::::: ::: : : ...   ...



open:
Mo-Tu.   10.00 - 18.00
Fr.         10.00 - 21.00
Sa.        10.00 - 19.00


adress:
BIC - Business & Innovation Centre Leipzig
Karl-Heine-Strasse 99, (Corner Gießerstrasse)
04229 Leipzig,
Germany


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.......2.2. "JOINT VENTURE X-TENSION"


Additional to the "Joint Venture" exhibitition at BIC (Business &
Innovation Centre Leipzig) a extension is being shown at academy of visual
arts. Beside a documentation of "Joint Venture", works of Tamas Szakal
("Dialtone"), Alexander Joscht (Unterdruck - "PAL-VHS with 24db Lowpass"

(Work in Progress)) and Stephan (spiv) Schröder (INFOTERMINAL) will be
presented.


Joint Venture X-tension adress:


Room 2.30 (Fachbereich Medienkunst)
Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst / academy of visual arts
Wächterstraße 11,
04107 LEIPZIG
GERMANY


open:
Friday    , 4.2.2000 18.00-24.00
Saturday, 5..2.2000 10.00-19.00


Programmguide for Friday  4.2.2000
20.00 - 21.00  : JOINT VENTURE / BIC PRESENTATIONS
21.00 - 22.30  : Tamas Szakal "Dialtone"
22.30 - 23.00  : Unterdruck
23.00 - 24.00  : JOINT VENTURE / BIC PRESENTATIONS


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.......2.3. "JOINT VENTURE HINT"


Joint Venture Clue:
In conclusion to "joint venture", the BIC plans a forum discussion about
the artists work that where made as "art on architecture" on the BIC
building, February the 9th 2000 at 18.00 Uhr.


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for more information please consult:
http://www.verybusy.org/jointventure/


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Time's Up, in association with BIOMACHINES and r a d i o q u a l i a present:


Closing the Loop 2000
CTL2000

http://www.timesup.org/closing/ctl2000.html

A laboratory on sound & gameplay across networks

Adelaide, Australia
February 2000


"When you work with digital sound, when you start to sample and you have
sound pieces that can recombine in several circumstances, you very fast get
this idea of a pluralistic space of possibilities. As soon as we entered
digital technology, we lost the position that we are in control of the
result."
Gerfried Stocker, Director of Ars Electronica Festival.


Sound culture has begun a process of reflecting the permanent flux of the
new century. Because of the lower technological thresholds required to
manipulate and transmit sound, it has the ability to morph and mutate at
the pace of technological and cultural evolution, in a way that the
televisual image, can not as yet. On the internet, sound is being used as a
way of collapsing geographical boundaries, of extending musical
conversations across timezones and cultures, and catalysing new and complex
systems of collaboration.

An international research and performance project, set to take place in
Adelaide Australia, will examine how sound, technology and gameplay can
conspire to promote collaboration and inventiveness across networks.

Why Adelaide? Over the past three years a small but uncompromising group of
sound artists and musicians have overcome the city's [sub]cultural inertia
to produce a series of inventive and enduring live performances, using a
variety of analogue and digital technologies, including the internet.
Unfortunately though, the micro-scale of these events, exemplified by the
mesm.eon <http://rorschach.test.at/mesmeon> performances staged by Matthew
Thomas and dj zyzx, the fledgling a p h a. S ia  series, and isolated live
episodes such as those organised by Zonar Recordings, has rendered this
tide of activity largely invisible.

These innovations have not, however escaped the attention of Austrian media
group, Time's Up <http://www.timesup.org>, internationally renowned for
their pioneering presentations of art and technology.  In association with
Australasian sound collaboration, r a d i o q u a l i a
<http://www.radioqualia.va.com.au>, and Adelaide Festival project
BIOMACHINES, Time's Up are siting the latest manifestation of their Closing
the Loop research series in the city.  A precursor to the multivariant
cultural activities taking place at the Telstra Adelaide Festival, Closing
the Loop 2000 will research sound experimentation on networks,
investigating the effectiveness of techniques for internet based
collaboration. The Loop involved is that between two or more active
participants, their vectors of transmission aimed at one another, the loop
involved leading to a collaborative process.

Many techniques have been found to be appropriate in previous
investigations. At pivotal junctures such as the Net.Radio Days conference
in Berlin in June 1998, and OpenX at Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria
September 1998, assumptions about technology and the hierarchies of
interaction were able to be examined. In these instances radio and audio
projects on the internet provided an excellent illustration of the
collaborative and networking potential of online working communities. As
Dutch critic Josephine Bosma observed, "What is most interesting about
these experiments is how they connect groups of people over large distances
and how they allow for collaboration between different 'scenes' during
performances or happenings that are open to an outside audience."

CTL2000 has amongst its goals the appraisal of such techniques and the
collection of these experiences into a coherent form; in some sense a "Net
Collaboration HOWTO." Using the twin mediums of sound experimentation and
game play, CTL2000 aims to provide a testing ground, research space and
performative arena to assess how we can work with the inherent frailties of
the format (error messages, buffering, lag, dial prefixes, crashing, busy
signals). Are there games that we can play that are not disturbed and
distorted by buffering and time delays?

The realities of geographical distance, technological resourcing, tool
development and creative approaches to transcending technological problems
will be workshopped in the laboratory phase of Closing the Loop 2000.
Issues at stake here address the problems that are common to the network
collaborations outside large corporate or governmental structures. How can
significant collaboration be achieved without massive investment in up to
the minute hardware, software and connectivity? What tools are readily
available for experiments? How can technological hurdles be smoothed
without reducing the collaborator to a mere "user?"  Investigating answers
to these questions will require CTL2000 to examine the timing of
information flow and effect, to analyse the pace of time in virtual space
vs the pace of time in actual space, the mathematics of digital sound, and
the physics of the space it virtually crosses.
The manifestations of this research will be presented at a series of
performances, beginning in mid-February, and concluding during the Adelaide
Festival in March.

Persons interested in participating in the project are invited to contact
the organisers for further information.

CTL2000 is produced with the assistance of the South Australian Government
through Arts SA, the Western Australian Government through ArtsWA, with
additional support from the Australian Network for Art and Technology, and
PATU.  The organisers would like to thank the Media Resource Centre,
Ngapartji Multimedia Centre and Virtual Artists Pty Ltd.

Biomachines (March 9 - 12) is a co-production of The Performance Space,
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and The Adelaide Festival supported by the
New Media Arts Fund of The Australia Council, Mawson Institute of TAFE,
Port Adelaide and Enfield Council and NSW Ministry for the Arts.


For more information on CTL2000, please contact:
Time's Up:
tim {AT} timesup.org
http://www.timesup.org

r a d i o q u a l i a:
honor {AT} va.com.au
http://www.radioqualia.va.com.au


        ~                       +               ~

                         in transit
                         in 2000

honor {AT} va.com.au

presently:
http://www.timesup.org/closing/ctl2000.html
http://www.radioqualia.va.com.au


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Studio XX presents, in collaboration with the Cinémathèque québécoise,
its 3rd edition of the Maid in Cyberspace Web Festival which will take
place at the Cinémathèque québécoise, 335 Boul. de Maisonneuve E.,
Montréal from February 1 to 6, 2000.

The Maid in Cyberspace Web Festival explores Web art creations and
installation works that combine digital media and traditional art
practices.

A selection of Canadian and international Web art works by 10 women will
be presented on computers in the lobby of the Cinémathèque québécoise.
The artists are : Laiwan (Vancouver); Liz MacDougall (Halifax);
Christine Stewart (Vancouver); Isabelle Hayeur (Montréal); Eva Quintas
and Mitsiko Miller (Montréal); Melinda Rackham (Australia); Helen
Thorington  (New York); Angie Eng (New York); Zoe Beloff (New York);
Olia Lialina (Eastern Europe).

The multimedia installation presented in the lobby of the Cinémathèque
québécoise will compliment the selection of Web art pieces. Exhibiting:
Diana Burgoyne (Vancouver), Gisele Amantea (Montréal), Marie-Christiane
Mathieu (Montréal) and  Mary Shannon Will (Calgary).

Daily round table discussion will feature: the installation artists; the
Web artists from Canada and abroad; and renowned Canadian
cyber-theorists: Laura U. Marks (Ottawa); Francine Dagenais (Montréal);
and Cathy Busby (Ottawa). Discussions will focus on the technological
and philosophical uses of the Web combined with digital media as
exploited by women today.

“Cyber Maids” will be on site to guide you through the real and virtual
landscape of our festival and exhibitions at the Cinémathèque
québécoise.

Don’t forget to check out Studio XX’s Web site <http://www.studioxx.org>
to visit the Web works, installations and for  schedules of our events -
as well as daily video and sound clip updates of our conferences and
visitors.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, February 1, 2000  {AT}  7:30pm, at the
Cinémathèque québécoise.
Exhibition Hours: Daily, 1:00pm - 11:00pm.
Conferences: Daily, 7:30pm-9:30pm, Salle Fernand-Séguin, Cinémathèque
québécoise.

Price: Web art and multimedia installations: Free.
Conferences in the Salle Fernand-Séguin: 4.00$ for non-members, free for
members.

Information: Valérie Lamontagne, Programming Coordinator
Studio XX, 24 Mont-Royal O., # 605, Montréal, QC, H2T 2S2
Telephone: (514) 845-7934
grrls {AT} studioxx.org <http://www.studioxx.org

Founded in 1995, Studio XX is a dynamic group of women striving to make
positive and creative interventions  in the field of digital media
technologies.

Studio XX wishes to thank the Canada Council, the Conseil des Arts et
des  Lettres du Québec, the Conseil des Arts de la Communnauté Urbaine
de Montréal and the Cultural Human Resources Council.


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# 1 - 16 January 2000

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C O N T E N T S


1 - Only two weeks to go...

2 - A whole new web site

3 - What's happening next

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1 - Only two weeks to go...

NairoBits is finally about to start after one year of
preparation. The official beginning in Nairobi is January
31st 2000! After a whole year of preparations, from
establishing contacts with African and Dutch partners,
setting up a foundation, opening bank accounts and
developing creative programs, the real excitement is about
to begin. All computers are boxed and ready for departure.
Emer Beamer, Hester Ezra and Fiona Whelan, would like to
be boxed and ready for departure but they are still
running around Amsterdam arranging things at the last
minute. They arrive in Nairobi January 21st.
This has all been made possible by all the sponsors to whom
we are extremely grateful, the full list of sponsors is on
the web site: http://www.nairobits.org . We hope you are as
enthusiastic as we are and will be watching online as the
project takes wings.

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2 - A whole new web site

The NairoBits web site has been updated!! Check out our
brand new site at http://www.nairobits.org ! Lots of new
things have been added. You can for instance leave your
comments in our guest book, or join a discussion with lots
of people from around the world - but that also depends on
you! Furthermore, you can read everything about the project
and the participants from Kenya, Ireland and the
Netherlands. You can also see the results of our day at the
Child Rights Festival in Utrecht, the Netherlands, where
kids drew pictures and thoughts for the youth in Nairobi.
As you are reading this newsletter, you are probably online,
or at least at a place where you can surf - so take your
chance!

Site:
http://www.nairobits.org
Guest book:
http://www.nairobits.org/guestbook
Discussion:
http://www.nairobits.org/forum
Child Rights Festival:
http://www.nairobits.org/childrights

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3 - What's happening next!

In every newsletter, we will pay attention to upcoming
events, which can be visited physically or followed online
via the web site.

  * 31 January : official opening of NairoBits
This will take place in Nairobi. The NairoBits crew, as
well as the 20 members from youth organization MYSA who
will participate in the workshops and representatives of
several organizations involved in NairoBits will be present
at this festive occasion.

  * 4 February - 31 March : workshops
In February and March, 20 members from MYSA will take part
in workshops in Nairobi. From the 4th of February, we will
be updating the web site daily with new creations resulting
from these workshops. We want your feedback, let us know
what you think!

  * From 7 February : virtual exchange
>From the 7th of February, a virtual exchange will take place
between youth from Nairobi, Dublin and Amsterdam. The three
groups will build a virtual village on a deserted island
together.

  * 31 March : opening exhibition
An exhibition about NairoBits will be held in the National
Museum in Nairobi. The opening of this exhibition, on the
31th of March, will be broadcast live on internet by
"De Digitale Stad".

In the next issues of NairoBitsNews, you will find more
detailed information about place, date and time of these
activities.


More info on the exchange:
http://www.nairobits.org/getthevibes
De Digitale Stad:
http://www.dds.nl

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C O L O F O N

NairoBitsNews is the newsletter of the multimedia project
NairoBits, and is sent about once a month to those who are
on our mailinglist. More information on NairoBits can be
found on http://www.nairobits.org . If you have any
questions about the project, you can send an e-mail to
info {AT} nairobits.org or write a letter to NairoBits,
Rustenburgerstraat 405/1, 1072 GW Amsterdam, the
Netherlands.

Editor:
Maaike Fekkes, maaike {AT} nairobits.org .
Archive:
All issues of NairoBitsNews can be found on
http://www.nairobits.org/newsletter .
Comments:
If you have any comments or suggestions regarding
NairoBitsNews, or if you want to contribute to
NairoBitsNews, please write an e-mail to
newsletter {AT} nairobits.org .
Subscription:
If you want to subscribe or unsubscribe to
NairoBitsNews, please send an e-mail to
newsletter {AT} nairobits.org .

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For the eighth time, the Broadcasting company Südwestrundfunk and the
Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe organize an award for the media arts
(video, CD-Rom, Internet). From now on, the \\international media\art award
will be dedicated to a yearly changing theme - in 2000 this theme will be
'urbanism'.

The award will consist of 30 000 EURO for an interactive work, a video art
tape, and a special award, bestowed by an international jury.

For entry forms contact:
ZKM
\\internationaler medien\kunstpreis
Lorenzstr. 19
76135 Karlsruhe
Fax 0721-8100-1139
medienkunstpreis {AT} zkm.de

Information and entry forms are also available at: www.medienkunstpreis.de

Deadline for entries: 1   M A R C H   2000

If you would like to receive infomation about the award also in the future,
please join the mailing-list in sending back an e-mail to majordomo {AT} zkm.de
and write in the mail-body: subscribe imkp {AT} zkm.de.



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