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John Stillframe on Fri, 10 Aug 2012 10:18:56 +0200 (CEST)


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Re: <nettime> Fwd: e-flux's vision for the .art domain


Dear Nettimers, 

e-flux is a for-profit venture that sells announcements for         . 
exhibitions, events, etc for considerable amounts. The so-called    . 
"announcement" service is not free and runs an enterprise that like . 
other similar capitalist ventures funnels some cash into arts and   . 
culture. The threat of venture capitalists claiming the .art is not . 
that greater than any other organization. Already other top domain  . 
names belong to various other business ventures and other wise.     . 
This is definitely not a Good-Samaritan gesture as is portrayed (oh . 
a nice little artist run organization in the lower-east side) But   . 
while there is nothing wrong with making $$ in a capitalist society . 
and e-flux or any other for-profit enterprise can cash in on .art   . 
or any other thing for that matter, what is strange is using a free . 
platform for a global community of thinkers such as nettime and ask . 
for their support for a highly profitable financial investment.     . 
If anything, the benefits of such domain going to the public, for   . 
instance NEA in the US (or other similar public organizations       . 
elsewhere) , is indisputable. The least is that the money that      . 
e-flux or any other institution whose .art bid will be taken will go. 
to artist grants, and support of artistic practices at large        . 

JSTILL






Betreff:        Our vision for the .art domain, the issues involved, and what is at stake for the art community

Datum:  Wed, 08 Aug 2012 09:07:06 -0400

Von:    e-flux <info {AT} mailer.e-flux.com>





The .art domain



Visit http://www.artdomaincommunity.com to

learn more about our vision for the domain, the issues involved, and

what is at stake for the art community.





Dear Colleagues,



As you may already know, e-flux is currently applying for the rights to

administer *.art*, one of many forthcoming top-level domain names that

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is releasing with the hope of broadening the space of the internet and making it more legible.



We have developed a new site: *www.artdomaincommunity.com*

<http://interspire.e-flux.com/link.php?M=91575&N=3322&L=6573&F=H> where

you can learn more about our vision for the domain, the issues involved, and what is at stake for the art community.



The top-level domains will bring the internet into a completely new era, and this means that managing the .art domain will be a massive

responsibility with few historical precedents. *Visit our discussion

board*

<http://interspire.e-flux.com/link.php?M=91575&N=3322&L=6576&F=H> to

contribute your ideas on what you think the domain of art on the

internet should and could be.



Among the many parties that have applied to administer .art, e-flux is

the only one that represents a vast community of people who make, study, and present art to the global public?and we need your support! To grant the domains, ICANN needs to hear from the community of people who gather around these names.




*Between now and August 12, you can submit a public comment

<http://interspire.e-flux.com/link.php?M=91575&N=3322&L=6088&F=H> to

ICANN to say why you think e-flux deserves this opportunity.**

<http://interspire.e-flux.com/link.php?M=91575&N=3322&L=6088&F=H> **

<http://interspire.e-flux.com/link.php?M=91575&N=3322&L=6088&F=H> *The

comments will be considered by independent evaluators and will make a

real difference. Your endorsement comment can include your name, a link, and a little bit about you or your organization. It could also be a short note on how and why e-flux has been important over the years to

you, as an artist, curator, organization, writer, thinker, lover, or

practitioner of art.





Thank you!

e-flux





*P.S.* We are profoundly thankful for the numerous endorsements and

letters of support we have received so far from museums, art centers,

independent and artist-run spaces, academies, publications, galleries,

international professional associations, and individual artists,

curators, and critics.









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