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01 . Jordan Crandall         . <voti><blast> CULTURAL PRACTICE AND WAR
02 . radar-mail              . Announcing Radar-mail
03 . alex galloway           . RHIZOME launches new STARRYNIGHT interface
04 .        . FUSION: collaborative interactive
                               telepresence events

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Date:  Wed, 02 Jun 1999 13:25:11 +0100
From: Jordan Crandall <>
Subject:  ann! ...  (no subject)


the summer of 1999
an online public forum presented by the X Art Foundation and VOTI

Artists, critics, curators, and other cultural producers are today
struggling with the terms of their own practice, in a global context of
crisis when much of their work seems insignificant. How to navigate this
relation between aesthetic and political intervention is a nagging
question, made all the more acute during times of war. What are the
terms of our involvement -- do we fight at the frontlines, do we devote
ourselves to humanitarian efforts, or do we rather make strong
interventions in the realm of symbolic production?  Because clearly we
are faced with wars of images, of communications networks and propaganda
machines.  Where are we needed most?  Have we developed useful tools
with which to decode images, that can have practical consequences in a
situation where television continually overwrites reality?

Recently an extraordinary thing has happened on the Internet. As Robert
Fleck has pointed out, it is the first time we have been able to
communicate nearly in realtime with people on the ‘other side’ of a war
front. The war in Yugoslavia has exposed the promise and limitations of
the net and has revealed anew the tangled intersections of
representations, politics, and histories that must be navigated in order
to engage in effective cultural practice. It has revealed many things
about how such assemblages cross with daily embodied realities,
uprooting traditional formats of place, identity, and geography
especially during times of national and international crisis. Working in
areas of cultural production, we must learn to contend with the new
forms of cultural identification that are arising, with the faultlines
of ethnic tension that contest national borders, and with the underlying
processes of militarization.

The <voti><blast> forum will address these issues in the context of a
3-month online public forum, beginning today and ending September 1,
1999.  We invite you to join us.


ZDENKA BADOVINAC, Director of the Moderna Galerja, Ljubljana, Slovenia;
BART DE BAERE, organiser and writer, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele
Kunst, Ghent, Belgium; WAYNE BAERWALDT, independent curator in Winnipeg
and Santa Monica; CARLOS BASUALDO, poet and freelance curator, project
director of Apex Art Curatorial Projects, New York; DANIEL BIRNBAUM,
Director of IASPIS, Stockholm; WALING BOERS, curator and publicist,
director of BüroFriedrich, Berlin; FRANCESCO BONAMI, Senior Curator at
the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Artistic Director Fondazione
Sandretto ReRebaudengo per L'Arte, Torino, and Artistic Director of
Pitti Discovery, Florence; DAN CAMERON, Senior Curator at the New Museum
of Contemporary Art, New York; CAROLYN CHRISTOV-BAKARGIEV, art critic
and independent curator, Rome; UTE META BAUER, curator and head of the
Institute for Contemporary Art at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna;
CHRISTOPHE CHERIX, curator Cabinet des Estampes, Geneva; LISA CORRIN,
Senior Curator at Serpentine Gallery, London; JORDAN CRANDALL, artist
and media theorist, New York; AMADA CRUZ, Director of Exhibitions at the
Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York; OKWUI ENWEZOR,
curator, Artistic Director of Documenta XI; CHARLES ESCHE, writer and
exhibition organiser, co-director of The Modern Institute, Glasgow;
ROBERT FLECK, independent critic, curator, and director of the
post-graduate program at the Ecole Regionale des Beaux-Arts in Nantes;
DOUGLAS FOGLE, Curator of Contemporary Art, Walker Art Center,
Minneapolis; JESUS FUENMAYOR, curator and writer, Caracas; BETTINA
FUNCKE, associate publications editor, Dia Center for the Arts, New
York, and doctoral candidate at ZKM Karlsruhe; REBECCA GORDON NESBITT,
curator, founding member of Salon3, London; HOU HANRU, independent
critic and curator, Paris; SUSAN HAPGOOD, Curator of Exhibitions,
American Federation of Arts, and Senior Fellow, Vera List Center for Art
and Politics, The New School, New York; MARIA HLAVAJOVA, Director, Soros
Center for Contemporary Arts, Bratislava, Slovakia;  JENS HOFFMANN,
independent curator, New York; UDO KITTELMANN, Director, Kölnischer
Kunstverein, Cologne; VASIF KORTUN, writer, curator, educator, and
founder of the Istanbul Contemporary Art Project, Istanbul; MARTA KUZMA;
CORNELIA LAUF, art historian and curator, founder and director of Camera
Oscura, San Casciano dei Bagni, Tuscany; MARIA LIND, Curator of
Contemporary Art, Moderna Museet, Stockholm; ROSA MARTINEZ, historian,
art critic and independent curator, Barcelona, and curator of III
International Site Santa Fe Biennial; LAURENCE MILLER, Founding Director
of ArtPace, San Antonio, Texas; VIKTOR MISIANO, independent curator,
Moscow; AKIKO MIYAKE, Program Director for CCA Kitakyushu, Japan;
STEPHANIE MOISDON TREMBLAY, art critic and freelance curator, Professor
at the Universite Paris I – St. Charles, la Sorbonne; ASA NACKING,
associate curator at the Louisiana Museum, Denmark; MICHELLE NICOL,
curator, art and film historian, Zurich; HANS-ULRICH OBRIST, independent
curator, Paris, Vienna and London, operator of the Migrateurs program at
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; PEDRO REYES, artist and
critic, curator at the Museo de Arte Carillo Gil, Mexico City; KATHRIN
RHOMBERG, curator of the Vienna Secession, co-curator of Manifesta III;
JOSE ROCA, curator and critic, Visual Arts Department at the Biblioteca
Luis Angel Arango, Bogotá; NANCY SPECTOR, Curator of Contemporary Art at
the Guggenheim Museum, New York; JON-OVE STEIHAUG, independent curator
and critic, Oslo; BARBARA VANDERLINDEN, founder and director of Roomade,
Brussels; HORTENSIA VOELCKERS, Director of the Wiener Festwochen,
Vienna; OCTAVIO ZAYA, independent curator and writer, New York.

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Date:  Wed, 2 Jun 1999 22:05:34 +0200
From: radar-mail <>
Subject:  ann! ...  Announcing Radar-mail

Please note:  You must subscribe to radar-mail if you want to continue
to receive this free service.  You received this sample as a one time
supplement to The Thing Newsletter.


Welcome to radar-mail, the electronic mailing service of,
designed to serve the needs of the international art community.

In conjunction with the radar arts calendar, this new mailing service
will keep you informed of upcoming events in selected galleries by
delivering timely notices directly to your e-mailbox.

Radar-mail is geared to the art professional. The Thing has been an
artists' bulletin board, website, independent service provider and
project space since 1991. Over the years we have developed and are
constantly updating a powerful database of critics, arts editors,
collectors, consultants, galleries, museums and publications. The goal
of radar-mail is to deliver information quickly, succinctly, and in a
highly usable format, to those people who need to know.

We welcome your input in this new venture. Visit the radar-mail
homepage at to subscribe and
to share your suggestions and observations.


Following are selected exhibitions opening later this week.

Deitch Projects is proud to announce "Vanessa Beecroft US NAVY", a
performance to be staged in the Farris Gallery of the Museum of
Contemporary Art, San Diego on Saturday, 5 June, 1630 to 1800 hr.
For more information:

Sandra Gering Gallery is pleased to present "Branding", the first New
York one person exhibition of Kenny Schachter. In the project room,
John Corbin recreates a set from the critically acclaimed independent
film "Joey's Practice". The exhibitions open on Thursday 3 June, with
receptions from 6 to 8 PM, and close on 2 July.
For more information:

I-20 Gallery is proud to announce "Random Grace", an exhibition of
sculpture by Tatyana Murray, opening with a reception on Saturday
5 June from 6 to 8 PM, and continuing through July 17.
For more information:

Photographer David LaChapelle will be having a solo exhibition of new
photographs at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery, opening on Friday 4 June and
continuing through the summer.
For more information:

Stefan Stux Gallery is pleased to invite you to an exhibition of new
paintings by B.G. Muhn and sculpture by Clay Ervin. The shows open on
Saturday 5 June with receptions from 6 to 8 PM, and continue through
July 10. For more information:

The Jack Tilton Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition presenting
new works by Eduardo Abaroa. Entitled "Recent Models and Freaks", the
exhibition will open with a reception on Wednesday 2 June from 6 to 8PM
and continue through 3 July.
For more information:



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Date:  Thu, 3 Jun 1999 21:01:38 -0400
From: alex galloway <>
Subject:  ann! ...  RHIZOME launches new STARRYNIGHT interface

June 3, 1999

New interface allows for visual browsing.

Contact: Mark Tribe <> (212) 625-3191
         Alex Galloway <>

Each time someone reads an article on the RHIZOME web site
<>, a dim star appears on a black web page. When an
article gets read again, the corresponding star gets a bit brighter.
Over time, the web page comes to resemble a starry night sky, with
bright stars and dim stars corresponding to more popular and less
popular articles.

STARRYNIGHT links each star to the article it represents, and connects
related stars into visible constellations. "STARRYNIGHT represents a
totally new way of visualizing and browsing databased information," said
RHIZOME Founder and Creative Director Mark Tribe.

STARRYNIGHT currently has over 750 stars, and is growing quickly.
Thousands of web surfers have helped calibrate the intensities of these
stars simply by reading texts at RHIZOME and clicking on stars on
STARRYNIGHT. You can create a new star by sending a text to
<>. And by using STARRYNIGHT, you increase the
brightness of the stars corresponding to the texts you read, leaving a
visible trace of your activity (intensities are updated daily, so
results are not immediate).

STARRYNIGHT depends on two pieces of original software: a set of Perl
scripts that sort texts by keyword and record their individual hits, and
a Java applet that filters this information to draw stars and
constellations. "The STARRYNIGHT browser is the beginning of a new,
community-oriented software innitiative at RHIZOME," says RHIZOME
Technical Director Alex Galloway. "We sent out a call for Java
programmers, and several RHIZOME subscribers agreed to collaborate on
the project. This represents a move to remain on the edge of new
technology, while staying true to our community focus."

STARRYNIGHT is both a mirror and a map. On the one hand, it offers a
reflection of the RHIZOME community's reading habits. It is up to you to
decide whether to click on a bright, popular star, or a dim one that
fewer people have read. On the other hand, it acts as a navigational
interface by connecting similar stars/texts into constellations
regardless of their brightness. "Finally, a map that can rightfully be
mistaken for the territory!" writes David A. Ross, SFMOMA Director, on
the new STARRYNIGHT interface.

STARRYNIGHT is also an artifact and an agent of global networking. It is
produced by the contributions and activities of an online community, and
it enables members of the community to see the results in abstract and
metaphorical terms: as you surf the site, your click-trail helps
illuminate the night sky.

As interface art, STARRYNIGHT explores several new possibilities offered
by the internet: global artistic collaboration, real-time collection and
filtering of information using automated software, the integration of
user-generated data such as web site hits, and the dissolution of
authorial control.

+ + +

For more about STARRYNIGHT, please visit <>.

RHIZOME COMMUNICATIONS is a non-profit organization dedicated to
advancing the public interest in and understanding of new media art.
RHIZOME's email lists and web site serve as an online platform where
members of this community exchange ideas and information.

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Date: Fri, 4 Jun 1999 11:10:47 +0930
From: Australian Network for Art and Technology <>
Subject: MEDIA RELEASE: FUSION: collaborative interactive telepresence

You are invited to attend:

the first in a series of three collaborative interactive telepresence events

The live manifestation of the first FUSION event will take place at:

College of Fine Arts, Selwyn Street, Paddington, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
June 9 and 10 : from 6-11pm;  June 12 from 6-10am

Medien Faculty, Bauhaus University, Weimar, GERMANY
June 9 & 10 9.00-14.00; June 11, 22.00 - 02.00

and online at

FUSION'99  is the first in a series collaborative interactive telepresence
events which explore the current break down of definitions, dualisms and
geographical boundaries on the internet. The theme focuses on the fusions
occurring between the artificial, the organic and the virtual through the
collapses and interactions of "Cyberspace".

Next week, the Medien Facultity of the Bauhaus University Weimar, The
Australian Network for Art and Technology and The College of Fine Arts,
University of New South Wales, Sydney will host Fusion '99, an experimental
event from point to point over the Net.

The event which features the work of 12 Artists and Computer Scientists
from Germany and Australia, attempts to push the boundaries of cyberspace
past simple e-mail and net-surfing.   By using the latest real- time
technologies and collaborative techniques, the artists in Australia and
those of Germany pair up to test new levels of interactivity, conceptual
collaboration and virtual space. The work ranges from live audio streaming
and installation, to video manipulation, to the use of various available
net softwares which have yet to be utilised creativity such as Net Meeting
or Hotline Chats, WWW sites and VRML possibilities and finally to the
concepts of telepresence performance.

It promises to break new ground, furthering collaborative techniques
between educational institutions, inventing new programs for net
communication as well as expanding current applications for use by creative
artist and students. Participating artists will question and re-define old
definitions of space, nature, evolution, identity and artistic authorship.

Jill Scott, the initiator of  this project says "The intention is to hold a
series of FUSION  events over time, which will form  a body of researched
results to assist with the development of  protocols for telepresence
events, defend the sponsorship of more online collaborative techniques
between educational institutions, and simultaneously test applications for
industry standards by creative artists and students."

The projects being initiated from Sydney are:  Live Audio Streams: A stream
of work by composers who modify and manipulate sounds from Sydney,
developed and produced by Damian Castaldi and Scott Horscroft and including
works by Sigma editions; Digiplasma, a highly charged gap devoid of content
emersed within an infinite electr magnetic spectrum parading as message by
Brad Miller,  Collectorscope is an interactive animation device for
capturing images off the web and animating them., by John Hughes; Web based
projects, Carrier,  the domain of a www based infectious java agent which
navigates the user through immersive visual and aural landscapes of viral
symbiosis b y Melinda Rackham and Notes Towards A Place ,  a space for text
and audio that encourages contributions by users into a VRML environment.

Emanating from Weimar are: What's Cooking In The Realm? A network
surveillance installation, transporting old folklore into the next
millennium,  by Sue Machert; Transonator a parallel interactive sound
installation, by Andreas Krach and Johannes Sienknecht; Schlaglichter  a
series of media ideas about emergence using Net-meeting and Mac Morph
software by Marion Meyer.; |a|s|c|v|i|d|,  ASCII video client/servers by
Andreas Schiffler and Bernd Diemer; Future Bodies (Stage 1),  an
interactive script writing research project to determine the future of
three virtual characters with genetic modifications and multiple
identities, by Jill Scott; Virtual Cuts,  a performance and a mixture
between the real and the virtual, by Ulla Marguard; as well as soundworks
from SeaM-Studio fur elktroakustiche Musik in Weimar:  Soundtracks, by
Pablo Aura-Langer, Holger Haessermann, Hyo-Sung-Kim, Anne Koenig, Su-Young
Park, Jae-Hi Uh; Impromptu a live improvisation by Peter Lan, and
soundfillers by Ludger Kisters.

For further information & interviews contact:

In Australia:
Amanda McDonald Crowley, Director, ANAT
0419 829 313;

In Germany:
Professor Dr Jill Scott, Bauhaus University

FUSION is proudly supported in Australia by: the Australian Network for Art
and Technology; the New Media Arts Fund of the Australia Council; the
College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales; and Metro Screen Ltd;
and in Gemany by: the Media Faculty of the Bauhaus University in Weimar,
and Deutsche Telekom AG.

postal address: PO Box 8029 Hindley Street, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia
web address:
ph:  +61 (0)8-8231-9037
fax:   +61 (0)8-8211-7323

Director:  Amanda McDonald Crowley (tel: 0419 829 313)
Administration and Information Officer:  Anne Robertson
Administration Assistant: Samara Mitchell
Web and Technical Officer:  Martin Thompson

Memberships: $A12 (unwaged), $A25 (waged), $A50 (institutions)

ANAT receives support from The Australia Council,
the Federal Government's arts funding and advisory body

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