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<nettime> call for the first net.time meeting, june 7-9, 1995

[official call for the first net.time meeting june in june 1995. In this
document, the nettime mailinglist is mentioned for the first time]


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Date: Thu, 25 May 1995 04:32:52 +0100
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<net.time> Venice Biennal, Teatro Malibran, 7.- 9. June 1995,  2 - 6 pm

The extraterrestrial city consists of islands and communication channels
which shaped centuries of thechnical and artistic work into a beautiful
counterpart of the world. The cultural knowledge which this marine
republic accumalted through international trading, diplomatic connections
and international information networks has to be discovered in its
relevance for the debate concerning internet. Therefor we are organising a
meeting on three days at the Venice Biennale to discuss the relation and
connection between computer based culture and the grown culture of the
city. The context of the Biennale assures a presence of highly qualified
international participants which will be broadened with a list of invited
international guests. Central to the concept is the attempt to use the
potential of the Italian cultural history of city life for the European

1. Day: hi-lo:
Internet daily transmits electronic data to an exponential growing number
of participants of the Western network world. User groups flock together
to become cult movements which materialise also in means away from
electronic media (such as magazines, fashion, music). We want to discuss
what relevance and impact these cult movements have on the art world.

2. Day: smooth and carved spaces:
Within the internet cities are growing ("digital city", "international
city", and so on) containing city councils, city walls and gates. That
reformulates the question of the city: is a city defined by the market
(the "agorazein" in the "magna graeca") or is the city defined by
technology, such as building walls and resource management? Based on
Italian history, we will develop perspectives for electronic cities.

3. Day: the return of the biologists:
Interestingly, the live metaphor returns into technicaly determined
science at the end of the 20th century. Models of "artifical living" are
being overloaded with metaphors of genesis and invite to pedantic
fantasies about omnipotency. The use of the "life" metaphor in the net is
a chance for linguistic critique and the connection of "net-slang" with
other languages. The talks are taking place in small groups in the Theatro
Malibran. Every day will conclude with a brief summary of the results
which are published on the Internet. On the last day the results will be
passed on to the press in form of a "Biennale-Charta".

** participating the meeting:
- contact us if you plan to come to Venice and like to join us.
  we have room for max. 30 people. Please bring material with you like
  articles, magazines, books, floppies, video-tapes.
- subscribe the <net.time> - mailinglist:
  send a mail to with "subscribe" as subject.
  during the next
- group-mind-ware: help to complete the pages at
  check out the net resources list, contextualizing the three topics.
  like :
- interviews via internet - talk

** contact:
  Geert Lovink,
  Nils Roeller, nils@khm.Uni-Koeln.DE
  Pit Schultz,

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