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Date: Wed, 20 May 1998 01:52:51 +0100
Subject: Experience poietique / Poietic experiment
From: Olivier Auber <>

Experience poietique / Poietic experiment


Real-time collective graphic interaction experiment on the web
Art and science research on real-time collective phenomena

The Poietic Generator is now accessible on the web 24 hours a day for
trials and consultations. For the moment, experiments consist of short
sessions announced a few days before in order to get together as many
participants as possible. Please check below the date of the next one and
inform some friends!

TUESDAY MAY 26, FROM 19:00 TO 20:00 (PARIS TIME = GMT+2)

The poietic image available on this site will be also displayed in real
time during the conference "Collective creation on the Internet" animated
by Charles Lenay, professor of philosophy and history of sciences, UTC
University, Compiegne, France.

PS 1 : you may also suggest dates of "rendez-vous" and occasions for
futures experiments

PS 2 : for the moment, the JAVA software runs better on PC than Mac, Ggrr...

PS3 : the softwares which allow this (non-profit!) project has been
developped by many contributors, specialy by some students and researchers
of the "Ecole Nationale Superieures des Telecommunications" (ENST, Paris).


Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 07:30:05 +0200 (MET DST)
From: Molnar Daniel <>
Subject: ancient times art regime

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Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 15:42:26 +0000
From: shedhalle <>
Subject: Shedhalleinfo:MoneyNations


a Web- and VideoZine with contributions of artists, activists
and theoreticians from Middle and Central European cities

including a Conference
>from 24. October- 25. Oct. 1998
and a Presentation of the Zines
>from 23. Oct. to 15. Dec. 1998
at Shedhalle Zurich, Seestr. 395, CH- 8038 Zurich
Phone :++41-1- 481 5950, Fax.: ++41-1-481 5951,

second part of moneynations@access with artists, activists and theoreticians
from Central and South America at the Swiss Institute, New York (concept 
will follow from Swiss Institute)

"..For business purposes.the boundaries that separate one nation from 
another are no more real than the equator. They are merely convenient 
demarcations of ethnic, linguistic and cultural entities. They do not 
define business requirements or consumer trends." (IBM 1990)

"The aparatuses of discourse, technologies and institutions (capitalism,
education, mass media a.s.f.) which produced what is generally recognized as
the "national culture"...but the nation is an effect of these cultural
technologies, not their origin. A nation does not express itself through its
culture: it is the cultural aparatus that produces "the nation". What is
produced is not an identity or a single consciousness...but (hierarchically
organized) values, dispositions and differences. This cultural and social
heterogeneity is given a certain fixity by articulating the principle of 
"the nation". The national defines the cultures unity by differentiating it 
from other cultures, by marking its boundaries; a fictional unity, of course,
because the "us" on the inside is itself always differentiated."(Donald, 

The project "moneynations@access" has a double focus. It is concerned with 
the complex and contradictory nature of contemporary cultural identities, 
and with the role of national-politics in relation to the "transnational flow 
of capital" and their affect on the reconfiguration of those identities. 
The part of the project initiated by the Shedhalle Zurich addresses these 
issues in the context of the current changes in a European identity, which 
has always been defined and is now newly defined in relation to the important 
"Others", i.e.  America, the "East", Islam, Japan or the Orient. In the case 
of the first part of "moneynations@access", our greatest interest will placed 
in the question how the big Other, "the former Eastern Bloc", is redefined in 
relation to the constitution of a West European Union as a "fortress", and 
its contemporary economic politics. The production of a pan-European identity 
will not only be investigated before the background of contemporary national-
politics, but also in its historical context of the Third Reich, the Cold War, 
and the effect which the so-called "collapse of Socialism and Communism" had, 
on the one hand for a leftist discourse, and on the other hand for the power 
structures of transnational accumulation of wealth.

The question is to what extent is the Western "identity" composed in 
opposition to the former Eastern Bloc states and to what extent does this 
affect the so-called "fortress" and its restrictive migration politics? How 
are the West in the East, and the East in the West represented and valued?  
What kind of reports and information does the media convey? In what way does 
the market and the promotion of the "Euro", as the new common currency, 
morally exclude and marginalize people within Europe? And what are our 
perspectives as to a critical discourse, now, after the utopia of Socialism 
is breaking down, converting into Neo-Liberalism?

The aim of "moneynations@access" is to create a "counter-institutional 
pool" of theorists, (media) activists and artists from Middle and Central 
European cities. However, this "counter-information network" will not consist 
of a group of a few individuals. The aim is to exchange a wide range of 
policies of resistance; to link new identities and economic theories with 
anti-border campaigns, anti-racist and feminist movements; to discuss, 
understand and criticize the protectionism of Western Europe with regard to 
migration, while "capital flows beyond national borders and labor rights.

The communication network starts out on two different levels. First a 
mailing list will be issued to instigate open email conversation via a 
WebZine, in which people from different disciplines can submit texts, 
projects and suggestions referring to the issues. The WebZine will be 
established by the end of June. The Second exchange medium is a VideoZine. 
The VideoZine will be used as a correspondent network initiated by a so-
called editorial correspondent group. They contact artists, activists and 
theoreticians from Central Europe, who wish to address counter-institutional 
strategies within the framework of the project. The VideoZine starts right 
now. The first video has already been made by the Liga (a group of non-profit 
gallery spaces) from Budapest. The videos will be sent to Zurich, where we 
will copy them for the editorial group members. (have a look on to 
proceed) The Shedhalle in Zurich established a project team (Agnes Bieber, 
Sascha Rvsler, Natalie Seitz , Marion v. Osten). The Shedhalle team will be
responsible for the coordination of the information, texts and videos, and 
will establish the Web- and VideoZine in cooperation with the "editorial
correspondent group", different (media=1F) activist groups in South-Eastern 
and Central Europe as well as with the ProHelvetia offices in Bratislava, 
Kraksw, Budapest and Prague. Extracts of the incoming internet texts will 
be published in a special edition of a Newspaper. This Newspaper will 
function as a small publication and could be organized together with 
"nettime" (Geert Lowink, Amsterdam). The video productions of the VideoZine 
will be presented at the Shedhalle in October 1998 in the context of a 
conference of theoreticians, anti-racist groups, media activists and artists.  
The VideoZine, the Webproject and the Newspaper will also be presented in the 
Swiss Institute, New York, in November 1998, where the project will be 
proceeded with Central and South American participants. The aim of the project 
initiated by the Shedhalle is not only to represent the "East" in the "West", 
but also to encourage the further use of the WebZine and the VideoZine for 
"multiple" shows or screenings in the various cities and countries of the 
participants. It would be our wish that the project will be more than a "one 
off exemplary project", but an attempt to establish communication and 
discourse between critical working people on both sides of borders.

Theoretical Background:

The West and the Rest... In the past years, the concept of Euro-Centrism has
repeatedly been accused to stand for the hegemony of Western cultural
conception, since the euro-centrist concept always seems to reflect a 
"Western" view of Europe only. The "construction of Europe" as a "fortress" 
has started in 1989: A fortress that excludes the Central European cultures, 
and with media that blocks them out at the borders. This "fortress Europe" 
produces new cultural identities, which are on the one hand based on 
regionalism and on the other hand the very same is denied and replaced by a 
common European identity. Who is in and who is out is redefined. New 
boundaries and new identities are produced, which are strongly related to 
market orientated values and ideologies. The international economic 
"competition", as an effect of the so-called globalization, serves as the 
main argument for the European Union. The spatial matrix of contemporary 
capitalism is one that combines and articulates tendencies towards both 
globalization and localization. Even if capital significantly reduces the 
friction of geography, it cannot escape its dependence on spatial fixity. 
Space and place cannot be annihilated. "The new culture of enterprise 
enlists the enterprise of culture to manufacture differentiated urban or 
local identities. These are centered around the creation of an image, a 
fabricated and inauthentic identity, a false aura, usually achieved through 
the recuperation of "history (real imagined, or simply recreated as pastiche) 
and of "community"(again, real, imagined, or simply packaged for sale by 
producers). (Harvey,1987:274).  In this context the Schengen Agreement fixed 
the boundaries of cultural identities into borders that are protected by 
military and laws. Meanwhile the "East" has become a low-wage location for 
international investors. New technologies of control have been developed on 
the borders: genetic fingerprints; high-tech equipment; new border 
architecture has been erected; and the fortress is now protected by a
specially trained border police who decide on the new Western European 
identity as a part of their job. Those developments, i.e. social 
restructuring, spatial transformations and discontinuities of identities are 
to be seen in the context of the social and economic restructuring of the 
former socialist states through investment, commercialization and 
privatization as well as through transnational accumulation developments.

The conception of identity in a "Western European" society is increasingly 
tied to the lifestyle attributes of a more flexible, creative and efficient 
service elite. These cultural discourses or distinctions of the "European 
identity crisis" include repressive political means against so-called 
"illegalized" people at the borders and within the "fortress Europe". These 
exclusions and stigmatizations of the "Others" are present in Middle and 
Western European cities too, where a low wage working class of "illegalized" 
people serves the service elite to polish up their status, whereas in the 
inner cities there is an increase in repressive and racist politics against 
different marginalized groups. Along its eastern and southern edges, Europe, 
as an economic and political entity, must now re-negotiate its territorial 
limits. Last year a lot of critical events and campaigns took place focussing 
on these developments (Kein Mensch ist illegal, Innenstadtaktionen) . 
"MoneyNations@ access" is trying to broaden these critical actions by 
relating them to the perception of the so-called EAST in institutional 
politics, and its consequences regarding the construction of the borders, new 
nationalism and low-wage production locations.

The Crisis of the "Blind Spot" In the current reports of the West it is
obvious that the propaganda machines of the "Cold War" go on, either through
refusing to recognize the situation in Central Europe, or through its
capitalization. The postulation of Capitalism in all its violence is
legitimized through the reasoning of cultural difference: On the one side 
that of "the East", historically associated with racist representations, 
and on the other side that of power claims against the former socialist 
states. Nationalism and racism are constructed on this, and the West uses it 
to polish up its identity, or better, to create a status of an "acceptable" 

The premisses of the perception of the "East" are confirmed by the 
misrepresentation of an intellectual and cultural tradition of Central 
Europe during Socialism; by the never-ending representation of poverty; by 
spectacular reports on the "new-rich" and the "Mafia"; by the former 
categories of business; by professionalism, advertising and competition; and 
above all, by the unquestioned Western European legislation of rights of 
asylum made for Central Europeans.  The social change from Socialism to 
Capitalism was described by many "Eastern" friends of mine as an every-day 
conflict. In capitalism the way you have to behave, do business, produce art, 
or dress, seemed to create a barrier: In order to cope with this adjusting of 
your personality you either had to position yourself against it, or over-
affirm it.  The capitalist ways of behaving are received as colonization. 
They reflect power relations and Western categorization of values. 
Alternatives like "self-professionalizing" or models of non-profit orientated 
ways of life are rarely found.

The representation of European history in relation to a socialist tradition,
used only as a negative projection, creates, historically and socially, a 
blind spot, which produces an identity crisis in the former Eastern Bloc 
states and its citizens. The only cultural identity which is given to the 
former Soviet states is that of an "older (deeper) European tradition", the 
tradition of the "Abendland". This sentimental and nostalgic view refers to 
a tradition of "culture", which is the very heart of the difference between 
Europe and the so-called "non-cultural" Others (Africa , America, Asia and 
Islam). This collective memory of "what Europe once was", excludes the 
experiences of forty-five years of life in socialist states, as if it had 
never existed. For a Western-socialized person, it is hard to understand what 
effect this devaluation can have on a person's identity. Once there is that 
feeling that Capitalism has "won", we, as Westerners, realized what that 
might mean with regard to our critical potential.

Former West - Former East It is an aim of the project to reflect on this
historical "blind spot" and its political and social implications. We 
suggested that it may be interesting to start a discussion, not from the 
point of view of traditional, materialistic leftist discourse, but rather 
from a perspective of identity politics. Working together with feminist 
activist groups and theoreticians from the "East", in this context, seems 
to be highly political.  How did the social and economic situation for 
women and homosexuals change during the transition from the former socialist 
to the now almost completely capitalist situation? How is feminism, as 
analytic category, valued on each side of the border? Is there a 
deconstructing feminist economic movement which questions the over-
determination of the economic discourse in terms of being right or left wing? 
What position and what kinds of resistance politics might we share together 
against the transnational accumulation processes? Where are the differences? 
How is the political valued? What part plays Pop Culture in the former 
west/former east resistance politics to build new subjectivities which go 
beyond a "whites only" and traditional "genderdifference" identity?  All 
this questions and more might be asked, answered or discussed through several 
media in the project. Join and Let's start.

How to Proceed and how to Take Part: The project will develop progressively 
on an exchange basis throughout the next month and can be accessible and 
presented in different places and institutions and in all the cities of the 
participating artists and theoreticians (if wanted). The project should not 
stop because of the conference in Zurich or elsewhere, it can proceed as 
long as necessary. The submissions of the Web- or VideoZine correspondents 
can be of a documentary, narrative, fictional or theoretical character. 
Besides the presentation of political and economic background data and 
information, the contributions can be texts, internet projects, photo stories 
and videos. They can be, for example, in the form of a guided tour through a 
city by video. (Where does gentrification happen? Where does the 
transformation of the city start? etc.), or may be a report of activities, 
interviews, statements about a video of other participants, or fiction. No 
institutional politics should be involved but current institutional forms 
should be criticized, or counter-institutional points of view could be 

The editorial group (April 1998): A group of artists and theoreticians has 
been formed at my suggestion, which will from now on be looking for new 
partners in relation to their research and subject fields. Each member of 
this group is personally related to the subject of the fortress Europe, 
either through their own biography, or through the content of their work. 
This group acts as an editorial group in which information can be processed 
and brought together. The artists of the "editorial group" are: G=1Fls=1Fn 
Karamustafa (Istambul), who has often worked on the theme of migration and 
works as a correspondent for the complex "suitcase economy", in the Black 
Sea region ( Bulgaria, Georgia, Turkey); Marion Baruch, as artist "Name 
Diffusion" (Paris, Milan), a former Jewish Romanian migrant who will be our 
editorial correspondent for Romania/Ex-Yugoslavia, as well as for migrants 
from these countries living in Paris or Milan. Marie Ringler and Meike 
Schmidt Gleim (PublicNetbase, Vienna) are invited to monitor the feminist 
perspective of the project. Geert Lovink, nettime Amsterdam, will inter-link 
the different media activist groups, and is himself asked to work on the 
question of Georg Sorros in the "East". The art historian Edith Andras, 
former correspondent in New York for Hungary, is invited to work on the 
representation of "Eastern art" in the West . She has made the first contacts 
with economists, sociologists, activists, artists and art historians made, 
together with Susi Koltai, Pro Helvetia Hungary. The group of editorial 
correspondant members can and will be enlarged.  

Marion v.Osten
Please send your comments or contributions to


Date: Fri, 22 May 1998 12:15:15 -0700
From: ricardo dominguez <>
Subject: SWARM: An ECD Project for ARS Electronica '98

SWARM: An ECD Project for ARS Electronica '98

                Ricardo Dominguez
                Stefan Wray
                Brett Stalbaum
                Carmin Karasic

               1998 Tactical Theater Schedule

                Electronic Civil Disobedience

                ARS Electronica Festival '98

      *The information revolution is the key to the development of
         new designs and capabilities for sustainable swarming--from
         the establishment of an initial posture of dispersed forces, to

         the coalescing of those forces for an attack, to their
         return to the safety of wide dispersion, and their preparation
         for a new pulse. Only a new generation of robust information
         gathering and distribution systems can support such pulsing.*
         --In Athena's Camp

       1.1 Digital Zapatismo as InfoSwarm Systems.

       The Zapatista movement in Chiapas, without benefit
       of any technological infrastructure, has been able
       to manifest itself as a transnational network of
       email based activism that has constrained the Mexican
       Goverment from crushing them immediately. The advent
       of these networks has up to now been able to do the
       work that is needed--to spread information about
       the situation in Chiapas on a mass scale. This
       continues to be the most vital element of
       Zapatismo on-line.

       Digital Zapatismo is now concentrating on replacing
       the InfoWar doctrine of cyber-terrorism by pushing
       Electronic Civil Disobedience to the forefront of
       mass media discussion. This will be the main thread
       of the project within the INFOWAR list.

       1.2  Electronic Pulse Systems.

       Digital Zapatimo calls all individuals and groups
       to participate in research and development
       of new methods of Electronic Civil Disobedience
       that move beyond email lists and information

       This investigation should focus on non-violent
       Electronic Pulse Systems (EPS), that function
       beyond the Tactical Flood Nets that we have already
       built (,
       that will enable mass public participation in Zapatista
       actions between now and the end of ARS Electronica.

       We are also building a Zapatista Spider to hit specific

       1.3 Infrastructure and Swarm Tactics

       Digital Zapatismo calls for the development of
       mobile infrastructures consisting of multiorganizational
       networks. This would be done by bringing together
       independent infrastructure nodes (The Thing in NYC ,
       AZ in Austin, TX,CADRE Institute, San Jose, California,
       groups on La Neta, in Mexico, and nodes in Europe).

       These nodes would investigate the development of mobile
       infrastructures of defense and security of a server to
       be setup in a Zapatista Community in Chiapas. To protect
       Zapatista sites and actions from counter-attacks via
       remote firewall setups and the training of the Zapatista
       nodes in Chiapas.

       Finally, and most importantly, to develop a process by which
       the the myth of *CyberZapatistas* in Chiapas can be made into
       a Reality. To create a network of supplies to build a mobile
       digital infrastructure in the Lacondona jungle as soon
       as possible and by any means necessary.

       Ricardo Dominguez

       1998 Tactical Theater Schedule

      Electronic Civil Disobedience
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