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   final call for user_mode = emotion + intuition in art + design                  
     honor harger <honor {AT} va.com.au>                                                  

   info about mahiti (bangalore)                                                   
     "geert lovink" <geert {AT} xs4all.nl>                                                

   Extended Vacancy Professorship Computer Visualisation                           
     Petri Leijdekkers <p.g.j.leijdekkers {AT} pl.hanze.nl>                               

   Our gallery                                                                     
     RP <reasonpolice {AT} yahoo.com>                                                     

   RE: <nettime> Religious Sect Announces First Cloned Baby                        
     jcates {AT} artic.edu                                                                

   Re: <nettime> Religious Sect Announces First Cloned Baby                        
     FAITHWILDING {AT} cs.com                                                             

   Re: <nettime> Re: No-Collar                                                     
     Murphy <murphy {AT} thing.net>                                                       

   WTC design notes w/images (2/2)                                                 
     bc <human {AT} electronetwork.org>                                                   


Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2002 14:25:29 +0000
From: honor harger <honor {AT} va.com.au>
Subject: final call for user_mode = emotion + intuition in art + design


= emotion + intuition in art + design

an international symposium and festival
9 - 11 May 2003
Tate Modern
London, UK

A collaboration between Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design
<http://www.csm.linst.ac.uk/> and Tate Modern <http://www.tate.org.uk>

user_mode is an international, multidisciplinary symposium looking at
interactive art and design practices. It will examine one of the key
concerns for many creative practitioners - engaging the emotions of the

Artists, designers and critics frequently refer to "emotional engagement".
What is meant by this? Is it immersion, rapture, agency, reflection? This
question is crucial to interactive art and design practice where the user's
response is sensitive to context and can not only influence the form and
content of the work but also, in some cases, the future direction of
technological development. user_mode will aim to locate techniques,
instruments, contexts and terms to provide clearer insight into this theme.

user_mode will provide an opportunity to hear from internationally renowned
artists, designers and theorists as well as emerging practitioners. It is
intended that concerts, performances and drop-in studios featuring artists,
designers, architects, researchers and technicians informally presenting
works in progress will complement presentations and panel discussions.

Key contributors include: Gary Hill (Artist), Sara Diamond (Director, Media
and Visual Arts Banff, Canada), Stuart Jones
(composer/performer/interactive sound artist based in the UK), Lev Manovich
(New Media theorist), David Ross (Director of the Beacon project New York,
and formerly Director of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney
Museum of American Art) and Tobi Schneidler (Architect, Interactive
Institute, Stockholm)

___user_mode : thematics

How do you engage and sustain the interest of the user/visitor/player in an
interactive experience whether it be reflexive architecture, interactive
film, art installation, responsive environment, computer games,
performance, product, communication or experience design?

Questions for discussion may include: does interactivity promise a more
profound experience than more traditional responses to art and design? What
does it add? How is it measured? Does interactive work offer more than
conventional cinema, theatre, painting or architecture in emotional terms?
Is there more sense of participation?

user_mode will seek to identify models of emotional engagement, aiming to
question, extend and rework the most topical of the categories outlined

- - Emotion as content or theme of the work
- - Emotion as agency and control
- - Emotion as subjective experience
- - Emotion as a cognitive and physical process
- - Emotion as an element of discovery learning in interactive exhibitions
- - Emotion and navigation in architecture
- - Emotion and narrative in film
- - Emotion and gaming
- - Emotion in sound composition and audio environments

___user_mode: submissions

We are now calling for papers from artists, designers, theorists,
technologists, scientists, architects, musicians, philosophers and others
interested in this field.

The call for papers is aimed at all disciplines that can contribute to this
discussion. Fresh perspectives will be sought by bringing together
different disciplines to share their views.

You are invited to submit a short proposal for a 30-minute
visual/audio/verbal presentation in the conference or a performance or a
studio demonstration. Your proposal should include the following

1. Name
2. Location
3. Contact Details
4. URL (if applicable)
5. 250 word proposal
6. Type of proposal (is it a paper, a studio demonstration or performance?)
7. 200 word biography

Proposals must be sent via email. Please include: "user_mode proposal" in
the subject line. The following formats will be accepted:

* plain text format in the body of an email.
* RTF attachments (rich text format)

Support material can be sent via post, if necessary. Please contact us if
you wish to post support material.


Email proposals to:

Tricia Austin, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design
Email: p.austin {AT} csm.linst.ac.uk


Honor Harger, Tate Modern
Email: honor.harger {AT} tate.org.uk

___user_mode: collaborators

Tate Modern
Tate Modern is Britain's new national museum of modern art. Housed in the
former Bankside Power Station, Tate Modern displays the Tate collection of
international modern art from 1900 to the present day. There is also a full
range of special exhibitions and a broad public programme of events
throughout the year. Tate Modern is committed to education, and as a new
national museum is determined to seize the opportunity to pioneer
innovative approaches to education and interpretation. Tate Modern's
wide-ranging public programme includes talks, courses, films, conferences
and symposia involving artists, critics, writers and academics. user_mode
will be the latest in a strand of events which explore the context of
culture and technology.

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design has a worldwide reputation
for fostering creativity and innovation. The courses and research
activities are a key part of the international contemporary art world and
design industries. From communication design, industrial design to fashion
design and performance the college aims to develop practitioners with
agility and intelligence who question convention, anticipate change and
experiment with new forms and new technologies. Central Saint Martins
College of Art and Design is part of the London Institute. user_mode is a
collaboration between Tate Modern and The School of Graphic and Industrial
Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and represents an
ideal opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of topical themes
within a multidisciplinary context.

Intel Corporation
user_mode is supported by Intel Corporation, the world's largest
manufacturer of microprocessors, also a leading supplier of computer,
networking and communications products.

___user_mode: contacts

Website to be launched in January.

For more information about other Tate Modern events, please see:

or contact:
Honor Harger, Webcasting Curator, Interpretation & Education, Tate Modern
Email: honor.harger {AT} tate.org.uk
PH: (44) 020 7401 5066

For more information about Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design:

Email: p.austin {AT} csm.linst.ac.uk
URL: http://www.csm.linst.ac.uk


Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2002 22:43:51 +1100
From: "geert lovink" <geert {AT} xs4all.nl>
Subject: info about mahiti (bangalore)

via: sunil {AT} mahiti.org

Infosheet about MAHITI (Bangalore/India)

MAHITI aims to provide affordable and appropriate Information
Technology   services to the Indian voluntary sector. We specialise in
the areas of web / intranet / kiosk / multimedia applications,
consultancy and training. We design and execute projects in the areas of
resource mobilisation, collaboration, advocacy, e-governance and
knowledge sharing. We specialize in the use of Open Source and Free

Over the last 3 years we have serviced more than 75 VSOs directly. And
around 1000 VSOs indirectly. Our clients include Ashoka.org, Indian
Foundation for the Arts, Institute for Bio-Informatics and National Law
School of India. We also have commercial clients such as  I2
Technologies, Datacons, Datamations and Aztec.

MAHITI is also institutional CTO for Tarahaat.com [Rural ICT Project],
ICICIcommunities.org [Donation Portal for the Indian voluntary sector
funded by ICICI  Bank] and Explocity.com [City Centric Portal funded by
NewsCorp]. As institutional CTO we play a wide range of roles from
envisioning the technological road map right through to design,
development, deployment and withdrawal.

MAHITI provides user interface, information achitecture and multimedia
design and production services. For example a reporting system for I2
Technologies, a study of application servers for Datamations, an
automobile dealers MIS for Datacons and a grant recipients portal for
the World Bank.

MAHITI is working on two products. One, Knowledge Manager an Indianized
version of Zope Application Server. This is a joint project with Homi
Bhabha Centre for Science Education. This was a finalist for Erica 2000
- - an award instituted by Ericsson for technical innovation in the
non-profit sector. This software will conform to the standards
prescribed by the Indic Computing consortia. This is an unfunded
project. It is our belief that this tool would increase equity on the
Internet. Just like Mozilla is free tool for consuming information on
the Internet. Knowledge Manager will be a free tool to produce
information on the Internet.

Two, a fundraising software to be developed in collaboration with MCAS
and supported by Ford Foundation. This is only meant for small and
medium organization as it can handle on 10,000 addesses. It is very
similar to a customer management system. With features such as
profiling, case handling and mass personalized email. Both these
products will be licensed under General Public License.

MAHITI is also a founder member of Bangalore Cares - an online and print
directory of over 570 voluntary organizations in Karnataka. In addition
to being a core group member of the Credibility Alliance a consortium of
voluntary sector networks that represent over 15,000 organizations in
India. The Credibility Alliance is working towards enhancing the
credibility of the sector by evolving and establishing standards and
encouraging public disclosure of information. MAHITI is also founder
member technical forums such as the Indian Zope and Python User Group
and Indic Computing.

MAHITI has many partners both non-profit and for-profit for different
types of collaborative projects. Murray Culshaw Advisory Services
[fundraising-india.org] for communication and fundraising consultancy.
Together we constantly update and maintain a database of 7,500 voluntary
agencies. Mithi Technologies [Mithi.com] for multilingual technologies.
Deep Root Linux [Deeproot.co.in] for advanced server appliances. VXL
Instruments [Vxl.co.in] for thin clients and diskless nodes. Vishwa
Infotech for rural information and communication technology strategies.
Pantoto for community platforms. Alternative Law Forum for legal and
intellectual property issues.

MAHITI has a 22 member team located in Bangalore, South India.
Consisting of 10 staff members,  8 corporate pro bono staff and 4
volunteers. MAHITI is headed by Sunil Abraham, an Ashoka Fellow.

- --

Sunil Abraham [MAHITI]
314/1, 7th Cross, Domlur
Bangalore - 560 071 Karnataka, INDIA
Ph/Fax: +91 80 5352003. Pager: 9624 279519
sunil {AT} mahiti.org http://www.mahiti.org


Date: Tue, 24 Dec 2002 16:32:23 +0100
From: Petri Leijdekkers <p.g.j.leijdekkers {AT} pl.hanze.nl>
Subject: Extended Vacancy Professorship Computer Visualisation

Dear reader,

Please find below an extended vacancy for a position of Professor Computer
Visualisation at the Frank Mohr Institute. Learning from questions in the
first round, we like to highlight some aspects of the profile that are
important to us.

We ask the applicant to have a thorough understanding of the computational
aspect of visualisation, especially in the algorithmic image and sound
The applicant needs to be able to translate scientific and technological
knowledge into art practice, therefore s/he will most likely be an
artist/designer. 'Pure' scientists or artists are strongly discouraged to
apply. To bring the field forward in the future, we believe in a breed of
artists/designers that know both sides of the coin equally well; art/design
on the one and science/computation on the other.

Hopefully we grabbed your attention.

Petri Leijdekkers
Director Frank Mohr Institute


The Frank Mohr Institute (FMI, www.mohr-i.nl) is the Institute for Advanced
Studies and Research in the Arts and New Media within the Faculty of Arts o=
the Hanzehogeschool Groningen. In cooperation with the University of
Groningen, the FMI accommodates three master's programmes: MFA IME
(Interactive Media & Environments), MFA Painting and MFA Scenography. In
addition, the institute offers an international programme of courses in the
field of new media for graduate students, artists, designers and business
The FMI works with the University of Groningen (Faculty of Arts and the
Centre for High Performance Computing & Visualisation) and the Groninger
Museum on the Art and Media Cooperative Platform providing education and
research at the level of Masters and Post-Masters.
As of 1 January 2003 the FMI is being expanded with a Professorship in
Computer Visualisation. The board of the Faculty of Arts would therefore
like to fill as soon as possible the position of

man or woman, 0.6 fractional appointment, vacancy number 2002-5.08

Visualisation and computability will play an increasingly important role in
future communication processes, design, art, interactive environments,
theatre and scientific projects. Visualisation is thus a significant factor
in all fields where translating into a visible form is important for
processes and results. The image in a wide sense - that is to say, moving
and static - recorded in a multimedia context or combined with theatre or
music, is the focus of communication processes that are supported or
realised with the aid of digital techniques.

The professor presides over the studies of participants from the
Hanzehogeschool Groningen, the University of Groningen and the business
world, works closely with the director of the Frank Mohr Institute and is
accountable to the Faculty board.

The professor's field of knowledge is computer visualisation. We make a
distinction between:
- -     Visualisation of data and information: graphic representation of
measurements and research data and the designing of virtual environments fo=
use in education and research.
- -     Visualisation of concepts and meaning: primary images that carry
meaning and which, as representation or computer art (algorithmic image
generation with purely artistic aims), are consequently intended to play an
emphatic role in communicational processes.
The tasks of the professor are as follows:
- -    organising an infrastructure of existing knowledge and facilities
within the Hanzehogeschool and the University of Groningen relevant to
computer visualisation;
- -    marking and structuring the research field of computer visualisation
within the Frank Mohr Institute and the envisaged Cooperative Platform for
Art and Media;
- -    providing instruction at undergraduate and postgraduate levels within
the Faculty of Arts and the Cooperative Platform;
- -    developing and supervising of a circle of knowledge and a programme of
- -    exemplary research;
- -    contributing (structurally) to the development and implementation of
media education and research at the undergraduate level within the Faculty
and courses of higher education, particularly the MFA Interactive Media &
- -    advising business projects and start-up companies in the field of
- -    representation in national and international joint ventures;
- -    initiating a documentation centre and library of knowledge for compute=
- -    organising at least one international symposium and other activities
where the research and development results of the professor and the circle
of knowledge are publicly tested and disseminated.

The professor should possess both practical and scientific knowledge and
experience in the field of art and media, and to have a doctoral degree or
to have established his/her authority in the field of knowledge in another
way. He or she commands extensive and up-to-date knowledge of and experienc=
with the visual domain and a thorough understanding of the
computational aspect of visualisation, especially in the algorithmic image
and sound generation. A demonstrable international reputation and a network
in the field of computer visualisation are required.
The professor we are seeking is a good organiser, is demonstrably able to
provide guidance, to communicate, stimulate and convey knowledge.
Competence is required in: coaching and professional leadership, enterprise=
vision, power of persuasion, presentation, organisational sensibility,
independence, results-orientation, planning and organising.

The appointment commences march 1st 2003 or as soon as practically feasible=
The position of professor is established for 4 years. After two years an
evaluation takes place. Appointment is conditional upon the labour
agreements for the higher education sector. The salary scale is 16, with a
minimum of AC 4.487,- and a maximum of AC 6.365,- per month for a standar=
full-time post. The appointed professor holds a chair at the University of

For further information about the post and the application procedure please
contact Drs Petri Leijdekkers, director of the Frank Mohr Institute, ++ 31
50 3187537.
An information kit is available from the secretary of the P&O basis team,
telephone +31-50-5953252. (Please note: during the Christmas Holiday the
secretariat will be closed from 19 December until 6 January.)
For information about the Hanzehogeschool Groningen: www.hanze.nl
For information about the Frank Mohr Institute: www.mohr-i.nl
Letters of application, accompanied by a curriculum vitae, documentation of
your work and a list of publications can be sent until 6 January 2003 to th=
Faculty Board, attn. Drs M.J.M. Regouin, chairman, Radesingel 6, 9711 EJ
Groningen. Vacancy number should be indicated on the envelope. Deadline for
applications: 11.00 a.m., 6 January 2003. It is possible to send your
application by e-mail: s.brouwers {AT} pl.hanze.nl
Part of the selection procedure involves a lecture and an assessment. Anyon=
wishing to draw attention to suitable candidates may also apply in writing
to the director of the Frank Mohr Institute before the closing date
(petri {AT} mohr-i.nl).


Date: Sat, 28 Dec 2002 01:13:52 -0800 (PST)
From: RP <reasonpolice {AT} yahoo.com>
Subject: Our gallery

The Reason Police produce art and political satire.  Submissions welcome.



Date: Sat, 28 Dec 2002 14:41:07 -0600 (CST)
From: jcates {AT} artic.edu
Subject: RE: <nettime> Religious Sect Announces First Cloned Baby 

"Jon Lebkowsky" <jonl {AT} well.com> wrote:

>order custom-grown kids over the web, 
>selecting options as you would select
>options for a Dell computer today. 
>Eugenics, Inc.?

Sounds like:

by Patricia Piccinini 

In particular, check the LUMP aspect of the project.
I love the LUMP as much now as when I first fell for it in '95.

Jon Cates
Film Video New Media
School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Date: Sat, 28 Dec 2002 16:13:03 EST
From: FAITHWILDING {AT} cs.com
Subject: Re: <nettime> Religious Sect Announces First Cloned Baby

Cloning is not a big deal in itself but it is the reproductive technology 
that is used in conjunction with genetic engineering to produce the new 
creatures. Most people don't understand really what this means. 
cheers, faith


Date: Sun, 29 Dec 2002 15:11:14 -0500
From: Murphy <murphy {AT} thing.net>
Subject: Re: <nettime> Re: No-Collar

on 12/27/02 12:32 PM, { brad brace } at bbrace {AT} eskimo.com wrote:

> But it's really about the
> employees: only the servile creeps stay-on and thrive at a hierarchical
> corporate structure. The life-blood moves-on. It's unfortunate that there
> isn't a more expedient manner to unhinge mediocrity.

Amen brother, and I say that knowing from experience what "high-end color
seperation" means and having toiled at Conde Nasty and today being told my
low-pay job in Florida is being eliminated so the corporation can
subcontract Mexicans and Bosnians who don't expect a living wage or

Welcome to BushAmerica, Inc., a global company.

Support The Thing! 


Date: Sun, 29 Dec 2002 22:07:47 -0600
From: bc <human {AT} electronetwork.org>
Subject: WTC design notes w/images (2/2)

[BCC'd to architects involved in the latest WTC proposals]

  This e-mail culminates the general feedback from the
  newest WTC planning proposals for redevelopment.
  In the Long Notes, each proposal was evaluated in
  terms of its positive and potentially negative aspects,
  in addition to what the proposals shared in common.
  It can be found online in the Design-List archives [1].

  First, a bullet list of short notes is presented, followed
  by a visual critique of 'the reinvention of the skyscraper'
  with respect to the former WTC site, known as ground-
  zero. It compares what the WTC was like on the site,
  with the proposals, and asks a general question about
  the utility/ability of very-tall buildings, as a typology on
  this specific site, to be able to convey intended meaning.
  A hybrid architecture, developed using the most innovative
  aspects from each WTC proposal, is proposed as counter-
  point to the skyscraper typology, with the addition of the
  'skyscraper' as a dual-use linking device, benefiting
  inter-building safety and multi-zoned programming. [2]

I. general design issues: towards hybrid architectures

* idea of linking many buildings into one
* WTC footprints proportional to buildings
* collaborative, many architects/architectures
* open development/open architectural design
* skyways used for safety and city networking
* mid-height buildings better for viewing footprints
* park extends around WTC building footprints
* new buildings around the periphery of site
* corner placement/directionality of site plan
* design below-grade, at-grade, above-grade
* phased zoning, from memorial/park outward
* above ground promenade/walkway/bridges
* mid-sized buildings with introverted crowns
* skyways/skybridges for inter-building transit/safety
* mixed-use zoning/programs across multiple buildings
* memorial above/below ground voids, translucent pools
* ramp element symbolic, related to procession
* sustainable design with light, wind, water
* landscaping of both inner/outer environments
* public park amphitheater as cultural place
* wilderness park structurally elevated above site
* transformative development, over time/decades

II. sections & elevations of new hybrid architectures

[Preface: using a mouse and Photoshop LE seemed the
easiest way to share these ideas. Thus, they are not very
precise in terms of scale or precision, but are approximate
to the question of the WTC site, and the recent proposals.
This general exercise was undertaken to demonstrate how
traditional skyscrapers relate to an openly-wounded site,
and its intimate embrace and regeneration, versus that of
an impersonal scale of modernistic machine proportions.]

- --
a) former World Trade Center section with backdrop elevation

b) the current, empty ground zero site, section & section/elevation

- --
c) generic skyscraper 1 components: multiple buildings around periphery

d) generic skyscrapers 1: relation to the memorial site and rest of NY  

- --
e) generic skyscraper 2 components: bridges between multiple buildings

f) generic skyscrapers 2: relation to the memorial site and rest of NY  

- --
g) generic skyscraper 3 components: medium buildings with sloping  
walkway/promenade above streets, unoccupied 'tall' (antenna) corner  

h) generic skyscrapers 3: relation to the memorial site and rest of NY  

- --
i) generic skyscraper 4 components: elevated park with built  

j) generic skyscrapers 4: relation to the memorial site and rest of NY  

- ------------------------------------------
At this point, to sum up the above examples, the effort to place a
very tall building on the site tends to create a 'peak' as a central
focus, and the scale tries to match that of the former WTC towers.
A general strategy is found when placing buildings on the outer
edge of the site, with a below ground memorial. Transparency in
the building allows the rest of the city to enter into the site. Bridges
allow communal aspects between buildings on the site in addition
to safety aspects. The 'crowns' or tops of medium-sized buildings
that slope in towards the site bring focus to the memorial below.

Yet, it is the skyscraper buildings which dominate the memorial
site, and if sectional space were air, there is little of it to breath.
If one were to stand below these 1000 foot structures, on the site
and look up from a memorial, it would be a sense of imposition
and the relation of an individual to a modern architecture of steel,
glass, and technology, not of humans and the tragedy of 9/11,
which should be the focus. Not the skyscraper as building type.
Therefore it is proposed that in mixing these positive elements,
a hybrid architecture could be proposed which approximates
how these different elements might work together for a unique
collaboratively designed architecture, where many architects
and architectures, developers, planners, and engineers can
work together in an open architectural development, working
in the realm of sketches and improvisation, to ask questions...]

Note: Peaking versus Valleying in this hybrid city-architecture...

a) WTC as (filled, human-made) peak as its symbolic-value...

b) Ground-Zero as Valley (emptiness) as its symbolic value...

- ------------------------------------------
new hybrid architectures
- ------------------------------------------

k) hybrid architecture components: 2 story elevated park with
memorial footprints and below-grade voids, small immediate
buildings, small-medium buildings directionally step backward
around periphery of the site, keeping the site empty, preparing
it as a giant volumetric square... walkway bridges street traffic...

l) hybrid: buildings around the immediate site are also related to it

m) hybrid: employing 'skyways/skybridges' [2] for safety, transport,
and commerce, the different buildings and communities around the
site link together as a network city, offering new zoning  

n) network city: the new city as network grows through new linkages...

o) network city: over time, these structural links transform the city...

p) network city: decentralized zoning/building programs develops...
where buildings/people are networked together w/others elsewhere...

q) hybrid architecture: an elevated multi-tiered city-park of roof  
linking into larger networks and park systems using inside/outside  

r) skyline: night view of the network city and its hybrid architecture,
using strips of light in common on buildings, new and old, to glow
with a light regenerated in the valley, a city becomes a skyscraper...

s) the symbolic WTC, a memory to many, now memorialized...

t) skyline: the below-ground memorial voids glow with light through
translucent pools, on overcast nights faintly touching clouds above...

- ------------------------------------------
It is possible that by questioning the skyscraper as a building type,
just as with other highly-centralized planning systems, that an
inversion of this traditional model, in a decentralized network that
links together various buildings, could approach the issues which
are to be addressed in a multi-community,-phased, -zoned, -designed
redevelopment plan for the ground-zero memorial and surrounding
area, with economic, social, and cultural factors of highest importance.

Please consider the hybrid architecture model as an alternative to the
skyscrapers that are ubiquitous in your designs and future decisions.
It is a sketch, a question, not an answer. It does not seek to fill-in  
already full with meaning, but to revere a special place build around  

bc  <http://www.electronetwork.org/>

initial WTC Memorial Park redevelopment proposal


[1] The original 'Re: WTC design reflections (long notes)'
e-mail resides in the Design-List for art & architecture
archives, at: <http://lists.psu.edu/archives/design-l.html>
Each proposal is referenced/evaluated by specific slides:

[2] An e-mail about how skyways and skybridges could
  be used for both new and old buildings, for fire safety,
  building evacuation, multiple zoning, and new transit
  and building-to-building relationships (networking)
  can also be found in the Design-List archives, at:

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