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1...murph the surf........Information Systems for the Visual Arts
2...anat.org.au...........Australian writers win First Prize in
                          International Hypertext Award
3...John Horvath..........war crimes tribunal
4...Josephine Berry.......Exploding Media Symposium
5...Damsel Plum...........Bastard Nation Conference - This week in SF
6...S. Kritikos...........Workshop: The Emotional Design of 
                          Online Communities [Thursday!]


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Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 00:26:20 -0400 (EDT)
From: murph the surf <murph@interport.net>
Subject: Information Systems for the Visual Arts

I will be teaching a class this fall in the department of art and arts
professions at New York University called "Information Systems for the
Visuals Arts." It is a required, graduate-level class for students in the
arts administration program. I'm planning to use "Interface Culture" by
Steven Johnson and "Internet in a Nutshell" by Valerie Quercia as the
texts. I'm in the process of writing the syllabus now and would appreciate
any suggestions as to texts or projects that would be of particular use to
students who will, in the future, be managers of the art world.


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Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 16:21:06 +0800
From: Australian Network for Art and Technology <anat@anat.org.au>
Subject: Australian writers win First Prize in International Hypertext
 Award

          The Australian Network for Art and Technology
			   announces

		Australian writers win First Prize
	   in inaugural International Hypertext Award for
	         *water always writes in *plural
		<http://va.com.au/ensemble/water>.


Brisbane based LINDA CARROLI and Perth based JOSEPHINE WILSON are the
recipients of the First Prize in the Inaugural SALT HILL JOURNAL HYPERTEXT
CONTEST. Judged by Professor ED FALCO - author of the novel Winter in
Florida (Soho, 1990), and the hypertext novel, A Dream with Demons
(Eastgate Systems, 1997) and editor of the online journal of hypertext, The
New River - the first annual Salt Hill Hypertext competition sought out the
best new literature created for the Web, internationally. Their intention
was to source "solid literary hypertext fiction, poetry, and design that
pushes the boundaries of this as-of-yet undefined space in which to create
art. Work incorporating multimedia were preferred, but solely textual
submissions were also considered" according to JEFF PARKER, Web Editor,
Salt Hill Journal.

*water always writes in *plural can be accesssed at the hypertext showcase
of Salt Hill Journal online and Syracuse Creative Writing, Syracuse
University: http://www.hypertxt.com/sh or directly at
http://www.hypertxt.com/sh/hyper98.  The work will also be excerpted in the
print issue #6 of Salt Hill Journal.

In 1997 ANAT http://www.anat.org.au, as a joint initiative with the
Adelaide based Electronic Writing Research Ensemble
http://va.com.au/ensemble (EWRE), and with support from the Australia
Council's New Media Arts Fund http://www.ozco.gov.au, commissioned Wilson
and Carroli to undertake 'virtual' residencies simultaneously. The
intention was that the writers work collaboratively via the internet to
produce work hypertextually.

The writers/ artists worked at their own location and were therefore
in-residence virtually. The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
http://www.imago.com.au/pica and the Institute of Modern Art
http://www.ima.org.au in Brisbane provided the writers with computer and
internet access and the environment from which to work.

Carroli is a freelance journalist, arts writer, essayist, researcher and
curator. During the residency, Carroli was keen to explore writing and its
texture, by exploring not only the potentials of working online and the
terrain of electronic media, but also of the writing itself. "My intention
was to extend my writing practice by addressing, in the context of writing
and virtuality, contingent ideas about process, participation and
performance. This project provided me with a space in which to make
connections between the theory and the practice, blurring a few boundaries
in the process."

Wilson's recent work has been in two fields: narrative fiction and writing
for performance. Her recent performance work, The Geography of Haunted
Places, which drew on post-colonial and feminist theory in dialogue with
contemporary political issues received high acclaim when it toured recently
throughout Australia and in London. "I am very excited by the potential of
online writing and hypertextual narratives, which, if I may hazard an
analogy, seems to have more in common with meta-fiction and with the
metaphoric - if metaphor is about transport, about taking you somewhere
else." Says Wilson

Linda Marie Walker, cofounder with Jyanni Steffensen of the EWRE and
current Director of the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australian says:
"The Ensemble is a project which was established to explore notions of
writing as invention. On the internet language is subject to hybridisation
and experimentation. These residencies provided an ideal opportunity for
two highly skilled writers to explore the practices of writing by embracing
the new technologies of networking which link disciplines and geographies.
This is a hypertextual form which forges links between the literary, the
artistic, the scholarly, the community, and industry. We are delighed that
their work has been so well received."

For further information or interviews, please contact:
Amanda McDonald Crowley or Honor Harger

For further information on the 1998 Salt Hill competition or on the Second
Annual Hypertext Competition 1999 email Managing/Web Editor Jeff Parker at
jsparker@mailbox.syr.edu  They are already accepting entries for the 1999
competition. The deadline is January 31, 1999.


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Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 02:50:38 +0200 (MET DST)
From: John Horvath <h8801joh@ella.hu>
Subject: war crimes tribunal

I thought this might be useful to some nettimers.

John

------------------------------------------------------------------------

from: NUA Internet Surveys
      Volume 3 No. 20
      June 29th 1998

Computerworld: War Crimes on Net

The International War Crimes Tribunal
in The Hague is to have real-time audio feeds,
hosted on Domovina Net, the non-profit website for
Balkan refugees and largely maintained by
refugees.

The 10G byte site brings together real-time
broadcasts, multilingual renditions of both the local
and international press, reports from war
torn Kosovo and video and audio streams from
around the world.

The project began as "ethnic cleansing" claimed
the lives of tens of thousands in early 1995. Those
who fled were desperate for news of relatives caught
in the war.

The website has met that need since its launch in
May 1995 and now has servers in four countries.
Domovina Net attracts 25,000 to 50,000 visitors per
week. They download about 8G to 9G bytes of data
weekly.

"Domovina" translates as homeland and the site
takes a multiethnic stance. The International War
Crimes broadcasts are tentatively scheduled to go
live on Domovina Net July 14.

Observers believe this information source will be
especially important for those inside Bosnia and
Crotia. Local nationalist media in these areas are
unlikely to broadcast the trials or take an unbiased
view.

http://www.computerworld.com/home/news.nsf/all/9806265balk


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Date: Mon, 13 Jul 1998 08:26:44 +0100
From: Josephine Berry <josie@metamute.com>
Subject: Exploding Media Symposium

######################################################

             E X P L O D I N G   M E D I A

             29/08/98 - Salford University
             http://www.yourserver.co.uk/em

######################################################

CONTENT:
> EXPLODING MEDIA
> PROGRAMME & PARTICIPANTS
> PAYMENT / ENTRY / INFORMATION
> BURSARIES

######################################################


     ----===> EXPLODING MEDIA <===----

There is an explosion of media; desktop and on-line 
publishing have become a common place, digital media 
production and broadcasting have lead to a multiplication of 
'channels' and the quality of consumer electronics rival 
high-tech equipment.

The increase of independent, subcultural and grassroots 
media as well as multi-media cross-fertilisation has 
recently been formulated as a hybridisation of the 
mediascape. Coincidentally, the term hybridity has gained 
currency within post-colonial cultural and political 
debates. When talking about hybridity, a deviation from a 
pure origin is implied. And hybridity always points back to 
its points of origin. Does the explosion of media really 
just come down to an extension of a media mono-culture or 
does this fresh harvest challenge its domination?

The issues at stake in an expanding mediascape are 
inevitably multiple. Does such a diversification destabilise 
or add to the culture of simulation? Does representation 
become more or less diverse? Is there a font for everything? 
By taking hold of media, do marginal groups develop 
complicity with mainstream power, or tools for social and 
political leverage? Do the moguls remain unshaken when 
assimilating the shaky cameras of subculture? Are alliances 
between marginalised groups developed or dissolved? Does a 
multiplicity of media promote direct democracy or develop 
into a structurless chaos, or even organise a new culture of 
conformity?

exploding media will dismantle the oldest stencil for 
communication. Organised into three corresponding panels, 
the symposium will explode the sender, explode the signal, 
and explode the receiver.

EXPLODING SENDER:
The manufacture of content is undergoing a parallel 
expansion - across previously untapped territories and into 
nooks and niches of minute market segments. In an 
environment of merging multi-nationals, does niche 
specialisation create the illusion of choice within the 
themed mega-mall of mainstream culture?

EXPLODING SIGNAL:
We have a new set of axioms: There is no pure signal, no 
objective truth, no neutral context, and communication is 
always an interactive activity. What has become of the 
relationship between medium and message in a many-too-many 
media environment?

EXPLODING RECEIVER:
In a culture of hobbyists and 'independent' media 
practitioners, not to mention a highly developed media 
literacy, is it possible (if it ever were) to talk of the 
category 'media receivers'? Do networked and community media 
create a shift in the understanding of the 'audience'?

exploding media has been organised by:
Josephine Berry [josie@metamute.com]
Micz Flor       [micz@yourserver.co.uk]
Robin Hamman    [robin@hrc.wmin.ac.uk]


     ----===> PROGRAMME & PARTICIPANTS <===----

Saturday. 29.08.98
Salford University (address see below)

09:15. registration/refreshments
09:45. introduction

######################################################
10:00. exploding SENDER
       brief introductions by speakers,
       followed by panel debate. (chair:Robin Hamman)
Ricardo Dominguez is senior editor of The Thing, New York
       (a critical community server) and a member of the
       Digital Zapatismo Network. <www.thing.net/~rdom>
Kodow Eshun is a music critic, writer and print editor of 
       i-D magazine, He has recently published his first 
       book More Brilliant Than The Sun.
Armin Medosch is editor of the net culture magazine 
       Telepolis and co-organiser of the symposium Art 
       Servers Unlimited. <www.heise.de/tp>
Terry Ventham is a director of Lakeside Distribution, a 
       company specialised in the distribution of 
       independent and niche market magazines.
######################################################

12:00. break/lunch
       opportunity to view a selection of related
       websites and publications.

######################################################
13.00. exploding SIGNAL
       brief introductions by speakers,
       followed by panel debate. (chair:Micz Flor)
Shirin Housee is the lecturer in Sociology and Applied 
       Social Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, 
       and has published extensively on Media 
       Imperialism. <www.wlv.ac.uk/shass/housee.html>
Geert Lovink is a media theorist and member of Adilkno, 
       the Foundation for Advancement of Illegal 
       Knowledge, co-founder of the Digital City 
       Amsterdam and the mailing list nettime. 
       <www.desk.nl/nettime>
Angela McRobbie is head of the Media Communications 
       Department at Goldsmiths University.
Sanjay Sharma is lecturer of Media Studies at 
       Staffordshire University.
######################################################

15.00. break/tea

######################################################
15.30. exploding RECEIVER
       brief introductions by speakers,
       followed by panel debate. (chair:Josephine Berry)
Backspace (Gio D'Angelo) is a London based organisation 
       offering web access and support, both commercially 
       and independently to members of the local 
       community. <www.backspace.org>
Pauline van Mourik Broekman and Simon Worthington are 
       editors of the independent technology and culture 
       magazine mute. <www.metamute.com>
Tim Read is part of the team operating the net.radio 
       project Gaialive. <www.gaialive.co.uk>
DeeDee Halleck is a lecturer and co-founder of DeepDish 
       TV. <www.igc.apc.org/deepdish>
######################################################

17.30. finish

In the evening, Revolting will give guests and participants 
the chance to continue the debate whilst chilling out at the 
temporary media lab, 135 Grosvenor Street, M1 7HE, 
<www.yourserver.co.uk/revolting>


     ----===> PAYMENT / ENTRY / INFORMATION <===----

To either book your place at exploding media or to receive 
the conference programme please complete and return the form 
below. Alternatively you can email: 
J.Charlton@time.salford.ac.uk (Jo Charlton)

[Due to the impossibility for many community initiatives to 
afford entry fee for the ISEA98 symposium in Manchester 
/ Liverpool, we maintain the right to reserve a number of 
places for local media activists, artists, community 
workers]

If you pay by cheque, please make the cheque payable to 
"University of Salford" - and send the the below address.

Please invoice

Company......................

.............................

Address

.............................

.............................

.............................

Your official order number

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Symposium Fee    15
Concessions      10

Postal address:
   exploding media
   Department of Design and Creative Technology,
   University of Salford,
   Centenary Building,
   Peru Street,
   Salford, M3 6EQ 

   Tel   : +44.161.295.6157
   Fax   : +44.161.295.6180
   Email : J.Charlton@time.salford.ac.uk (Jo Charlton)
   URL   : http://www..yourserver.co.uk/em


     ----===> BURSARIES <===----

Community artists and initiatives based in the North-West 
region can apply for a limited number of bursaries from the 
North West Arts Board. Please send this Entry Form completed 
with an accompanying letter to:
   North West Arts Board
   Visual Arts & Media Officer: Access and Education
   Manchester House
   22 Bridge Street
   Manchester M3 3AB

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From: announce@bastards.org (Damsel Plum)
Subject: Bastard Nation Conference - This week in SF
Date: 12 Jul 1998 18:57:06 GMT

Bastards by the Bay: The Convergence
Come join the fun, education and empowerment at 

Bastard Nation's Second Annual Conference! 
July 17 - 19, 1998 
Radisson Miyako Hotel San Francisco, California 

Our keynote speakers include Christina Crawford (author of "Mommie
Dearest"), Ricki Solinger (author of "Wake Up, Little Susie") and L.
Anne Babb (author of "Advocating for the Special Needs Child")

There will be a Sealed Records Protest on Friday 1 - 2 pm at the Vital
Records Office (101 Grove Street), and workshops on activism,
grant-writing, adoption issues and much more throughout the
conference. Entertainment includes a Picket-making Party Thursday
evening, a Bastards on the Barbary tour and dinner Friday, and an
Awards Dinner and Dance on Saturday.

Registration fees are as follows:
			BN Members	Non-members

Full Conference		$ 125.00	$ 135.00

One Day 		$   60.00	$   75.00

Awards Dinner & Dance	$    50.00	$   50.00
Saturday (extra for 1-day registrants)

You can register with your credit card via fax or phone at
415-680-2420 or on site.

To learn more about the workshops, events and entertainment, visit our
website at http://www.bastards.org/bay.htm

Damsel Plum
Co-Founder & Publications Chair
BASTARD NATION http://www.bastards.org/

Ring Mistress, The Adoption Ring
Over 320 linked sites devoted to adoption issues
http://www.plumsite.com/adoptionring/


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Date: Mon, 13 Jul 1998 11:23:39 -0500 (CDT)
From: "S. Kritikos" <napoli@wwa.com>
Subject: Workshop: The Emotional Design of Online Communities


Hi

I would like to take this opportunity to invite everybody this Thursday
to an online meeting at the GNA Forum room for a presentation by
Barbara Steinberg <barbara@panix.com>, Founder and Moderator, The Web
Sociology List, with subject:

Souls Touching Across Wires:
The Emotional Design of Online Communities

The Web Sociology List
Subscription information: http://www.webmonster.net/lists
Frequently asked questions: http://www.panix.com/~barbara/faq.html

TIME: Thursday, July 16, at 1500 PM NY Time, 1900 GMT

PLACE: The GNA Forum is a virtual room accessible from 20 MOOs from
around the world. Informations about access is available at:
http://admin.gnacademy.org:8001/uu-gna/text/moo/forum.htm

ABSTRACT:

This presentation is the result of three years' life experience on the
internet. I don't see my online life as an essay, but rather a maze of
stories and thought-conclusions leading into the unknown. Who will I meet
whose world view will change my life? Souls touching across wires isn't
about conversation. It occurs when someone expresses their inner power
online and gives you a philosophical, emotional, or intellectual tool
that changes you forever. You can no longer see the world the same
way for having known them, and you would have never met them if the
internet had not allowed you to meet, souls first. Even though
communication takes place with words, the other person leaves a
spiritual imprint with you, which goes beyond words.

This is the gift, and sometimes the danger of the internet. But this
emotional exchange takes place, many times, in online communities. And so
when you are creating one, you have to think about what part of people's
humanity you want to reach and what you want to do with it when you get
there. This is what I mean when I talk about emotional design.

This presentation is going to cover such topics as

* the power relationship between moderator and community member
* how to tap into people's true humanity
* the balance between revelation and privacy
* the trust balance: case in point: the reactions of the community of
  problem drinkers to the man who confessed to murdering his daughter
* the balance between debate and going too far--when to let go of an
  argument and why
* the balance between innovation and social stability.


~~~~~~~

More information about the workshop is available at:
http://tako.wwa.com/~napoli/workshop/index.html

Please forward this message if appropriate. Hope to see you there!

Regards
S. Kritikos

__________________________________________________________

The Virtual Community Mailing List
http://admin.gnacademy.org:8001/uu-gna/text/vc/gna-vc.html
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