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01 . Tina LaPorta            . Future_body Version 1.0
02 . Ars Electronica Center  . Ars Electronica 99 - 2nd announcement
03 . Nebojsa Vilic           . Press realease I
05 . benoit fort             . Oh ! Les Beaux Jours
06 . Doina Petrescu          . ALTERITES
07 .          . PARK VIEWERSDAY
08 . Clara Gari              . call for soundscape art works
09 . honor                   . Call for Participation for special
                               edition of Bastard
10 . Lt. Crack               . The Thing Newsletter * Summer 1999

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Date:  Fri, 28 May 1999 22:32:07 -0400
From: (Tina LaPorta)
Subject:  ann! ...  Future_body Version 1.0

Future_body Version 1.0
Tina LaPorta

A web-specific work which explores the disembodied and dislocated nature of
on-line subjectivity within the global networked environment of the
internet. This work has been included in the conference Alterities:
Interdisciplinarity & "Feminine" Practices of Space; Galerie Gauche, École
Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (Paris, France).

Where will the body be in the future?


Using the model of the Network as a platform for distribution, Future_body
Version 1.0 explores the separation of the corporeal world implied by the
use of telecommunications technology. While viewing this work through the
window of the web browser the viewer gains access to the female-body only
as it is situated within the immaterial domain of Cyberspace. The wireframe
model of the female-body is mapped as a series of links: this hypertextual
outline of an engendered body becomes increasingly fragmented and coded
while transferred over the network and displayed on a computer monitor.
Because the wire-frame model is designed for anonymous application as well
as mass distribution: once it has been uploaded into the virtual realm of
the internet, it becomes accessible to anyone, anywhere at anytime. Thus,
the female figure is everywhere and nowhere at all, invisible yet
infinately replicable.

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Date:  Sat, 29 May 1999 00:44:07 +0200
From: Ars Electronica Center <>
Subject:  ann! ...  Ars Electronica 99 - 2nd announcement

Ars Electronica 99
September 4-9, 1999
Linz, Austria

Ars Electronica 99 - 2nd Announcement


1.1 Prix Ars Electronica 99

1.2 Jury

1.3 Winners of Prix Ars Electronica 99

Next update: June 18th 1999

You are reading the second issue of the Ars Electronica newsletter,
focusing on the winners of the Prix Ars Electronica 99
( With a record number of 2119 entries this year,
the Prix Ars Electronica 99, conducted by ORF Upper Austria, has been

German version of this announcement at

1.1 Prix Ars Electronica 99

The Prix Ars Electronica is an interdisciplinary platform for all those
who employ the computer as a universal creative medium in their artistic
work. This award for outstanding achievement in the digital arts has been
awarded annually since 1987 by the Austrian National Broadcasting
Company's Upper Austrian Regional Studio. For over 10 years, it has been
an integral part of the Ars Electronica Festival. The Prix Ars Electronica
is not only considered one of the world's most important prizes for
creativity and pioneering spirit in the field of media art; with yearly
awards totaling over $116,000, donated by Siemens the monetary stipend
accompanying the prizes is also the world's most generous. Entries were
sent to Linz from 60 countries. Participation by artists, scientists,
researchers and professionals from the field of entertainment shows that
the Prix Ars Electronica, now in its 13th edition, is once again the
outstanding presentation forum for international cyberarts today. The
competition is made possible through sponsorship from the Austrian Postal
Bank (P.S.K.), Datakom Austria, VOEST-ALPINE STEEL, and through support
from the City of Linz, the Province of Upper Austria, and Gerhard
Andlinger & Company.

This year, three monetary prizes have been awarded in each of the .net,
Interactive Art and Digital Musics competition categories, and six in the
section Computer Animation / Visual Effects. That means 5 Golden Nicas and
10 Awards of Distinction. In addition, as many as 12 Honorary Mentions
were named in each competition category. And in 1999, the Prix Ars
Electronica's standard categories have been augmented for the second time
by an unconventional one: cybergeneration - u19 freestyle computing is
aimed at young artists in Austria under age 19, and is open to all
activities and projects that have been produced or designed by computer in
any way at all.

The Prix Ars Electronica 99 awards presentation will be held in
conjunction with the Ars Electronica Festival on Monday, September 6, 1999
at the ORF Upper Austrian Regional Studio.

The best works from each category will be shown in an exhibition at the
O.K Center for Contemporary Art in Linz, beginning September 4, 1999.

1.2 Jury

In each category, all entries were judged by a jury of experts.  Chairman
of the jury as a whole (without a vote): ORF Information Director Dr.
Hannes Leopoldseder, whose original idea led to the initiation of the Prix
Ars Electronica in 1987.

.net //
Derrick de Kerckhove, Canada; Lisa Goldman, USA; Joichi Ito, Japan; Declan
McCullagh, USA; Marleen Stikker, Netherlands.

Interactive Art //
Brian Blau, USA; Machiko Kusahara, Japan; Hans-Peter Schwarz, Germany;
Paul Sermon, Great Britain; Jon Snoddy, USA.

Computer Animations / Visual Effects //
Maurice Benayoun, France; Ines Hardtke, Canada; Rob Legato, USA; Barbara
Robertson, USA;

Digital Musics //
Kodwo Eshun, Great Britain; Naut Humon, USA; Jim O'Rourke, USA; Robin
Rimbaud, Great Britain; Laetitia Sonami, France;

Cybergeneration - u19 freestyle computing //
Sirikit Amann, Vienna; etoy.ZAI, Vienna/Zurich; Stefan Sagmeister New
York/Bregenz; Norman Filz, Vienna; Marcus Riebe, Linz.

1.3 Winners of Prix Ars Electronica 99

Of the 18 money prizes awarded in the Prix Ars Electronica, the main
prizes are the 6 Golden Nicas:

.net // (446 Entries)

The Golden Nica for .net (US-$ 8,620/ Euro 7.267) goes to Linus Torvalds
of Finland for the operating system "Linux". Linux is an Open Source
project, i.e. the source code is freely available on the Internet and can
be copied and redistributed without fees or royalties. As a student at the
time, in 1991 Linus Torvalds found a slew of skilled allies for his idea
on the Internet. Today Linux is one of the most important server operating
systems on the Internet.

Awards of Distinction (US-$ 4,310 / Euro 3.633 each):
Jean-Marc Philippe (France) for
Matt Black, Willi Henshall (UK) for

For the 12 Honorary Mentions .net please check

Interactive Art // (270 Entries)

The Golden Nica for Interactive Art (US-$ 17,241/ Euro 14.534) is awarded
to the American Lynn Hershman for "Difference Engine #3". In this
installation visitors, who are represented by individual avatars, can move
through the media museum of the ZKM in Karlsruhe simultaneously from
spatially separated stations via the Internet; the work deals with topics
such as surveillance, voyeurism, etc.

Awards of Distinction (US-$ 4,310/ Euro 3.633 each):
Perry Hoberman (USA) for "Systems Maintenance"
Luc Courchesne (Canada) for "Landscape One"

For the 12 Honorary Mentions Interactive Art please check

Computer Animation/Visual Effects // (271 Entries)

The Golden Nica for Computer Animation (US-$ 17,241/ Euro 14.534) goes to
the American Chris Wedge, Blue Sky Studios, for "Bunny". Chris Wedge, one
of the best computer animators in the world, tells the exciting tale of an
old, time-worn bunny.

The Golden Nica for Visual Effects (US-$ 17,241/ Euro 14.534) is awarded
to Digital Domain/Mass Illusions/POP/Shadowcaster/Giant Killer
Robots/Mobility/Lunarfish, USA, for the special effects in the movie What
Dreams May Come". The  Painter's Sequence', which was submitted for the
Prix Ars Electronica" will, shows Robin Williams (who has died in the
movie) in a landscape that is transformed into the picture world of his
wife, a painter (who has also died).

Awards of Distinction Computer Animation (US-$ 4,310/ Euro 3.633 each):
Bob Sabiston and Tommy Pallotta, Flat Black Films (USA) for "Snack and
John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton, Pixar Animation Studios (USA) for "A
Bug's Life"

Awards of Distinction Visual Effects(US-$ 4,310/ Euro 3.633 each):
Computer Film Company (UK) for Guinness "Surfer"
Alain Escalle (France) for "A viagem"

For the 12 Honorary Mentions Computer Animation and the 6 Honorary
Mentions Visual Effects please check

Digital Musics // (532 Entries)

The Golden Nica for the new category Digital Musics (US-$ 12,931/ Euro
10.901) is awarded to Richard James (Aphex Twin) and Chris Cunningham, UK,
for the music video "Come to Daddy". This video, which has already
received several international distinctions, translates the music by
Richard James (Aphex Twin) into evocative, staccato-like, alternating

Awards of Distinction (US-$ 4,310/ Euro 3.633 each):
Ikue Mori (Japan) for "Birthdays"
Record label Mego: Peter Rehberg "seven tons for free ver 2.1" and
Christian Fennesz "hotel paral.lel" (Austria)

For the 12 Honorary Mentions Digital Musics please check

cybergeneration - u19 freestyle computing // (600 Entries)

The Golden Nica (+Multimedia-PC and Internet for one year) in the category
cybergeneration - u19 freestyle computing goes to the group (conspirat).
from Upper Austria. (conspirat). is what two secondary school students
call themselves, Raimund Schumacher and Jrgen Oman from Linzer HTL
(technical secondary school) for graphics and communication design. The
jury was impressed by their style, power and self-presentation, as well as
by their musical and visual work and their Internet presence.

Awards of Distinction (+ 1 Multimedia-Notebook each):
Phil E. Haindl, Leonding/Upper Austria, for "safer: reality":
Alexander Fischl/Gregor Koschicek, Vienna, for "Von Ignoranten,
Betriebssystemen und Atomraketen"

For the 12 Honorary Mentions u19 freestyle computing please check

Next update: June 18th 1999
Content: Program of Ars Electronica 99

The next announcement update will appear on June 18. The lead feature will
be the 1999 festival program. We'll present the speakers at the
"LifeScience" and "Ars Electronica 79-99" symposia, and run down the
scheduled events, performances, installations and projects. A brief
summary of the net symposium will bring you up to on the online discussion
that's now in full swing. Plus: Ars Electronica Festival Service
(information on hotel bookings, tickets, dates and prices).

Ars Electronica 99:

Organization: Ars Electronica Center Linz and ORF - Upper Austrian
Regional Studio
Co-organizers: Brucknerhaus Linz, O.K. - Center for Contemporary Art

Sponsors and Partners:
Creditanstalt, Digital/Compaq, Gericom, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft,
Oesterreichische Brauunion, Oracle, Quelle, SGI, Siemens AG, Telekom
Austria AG, Novartis

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From: "Nebojsa Vilic" <>
Date: Thu, 3 Jun 1999 07:20:55 +0000
Subject: Press realease I


[Repiblic of Macedonia is not going to participate officially at the 48th
Venice Biennial.
Therefore few people did not want to agree with this and decided to
organize few projects to
represent (unofficially) what is going on in the art in Macedonia.]


Iskra Dimitrova - Nebojsa Vilic - 'Laurens Coster' Skopje - 'Studio
Azzurra' Skopje

have the pleasure to invite You
to the promotion of the projects

'Creature Meravigliose' ['Wonderful Creatures'] - performance
[Iskra Dimitrova]

'Few Candies for Venice. Art in Macedonia at the End of Millenium' - book
[edited by Nebojsa Vilic]

'First Day Covert' - philatelist coverts
[Studio Azzurra]

as an unofficial presence of Republic of Macedonia
at the 48th Venice Biennial 1999

coffee-shop 'Stork' - Friday - June 4, 1999 - 12 o'clock


'Creature Meravigliose'
['Wonderful Creatures']
Iskra Dimitrova

The project of Iskra Dimitrova is a performance of transporting a coffin
with a gondola on the
relation Giardini - San Marco - Giardini. While rowing, the gondolier is
telling the authors text
and a front of him, in the gondola, there is a coffin with a mirror placed
on the whole button of it
reflecting the sky. The performance will be possible to be seen during the
days of June 9-13, from
10 AM to 4 PM.

'Few Candice for Venice. Art in Macedonia at the End of Millenium'
[edited by Nebojsa Vilic]

This book is kind of catalogue-book of art works and texts from and about
the art in Macedonia in
the last few years. The first part is consisted of 31 'catalogues' from 31
last individual projects
of 31 Macedonian artists followed by text from respective art critic's
review. The second part is
consisted of 25 texts from 8 art critics organized in three parts: When?,
How? and Why? trying to
present, locate and interpret the art in Macedonia at the end of this

'First Day Covert'
[Studio Azzurra]

This project is related to the printing of two occasional coverts referring
to the above mentioned
projects as part of the series of coverts. In a sense of a philatelist
object they are noting this
unofficial presence of Republic of Macedonia at the 48th Venice Biennial 1999.


Sponsors of this three projects:

'Prohelvetia' - Zuerich,  KulturKontakt Austria - Wien, Star House Srl.
Mestre-Venezia, Avioimpex -
Skopje, Scanpoint - Skopje, Soros Center for Contemporary Arts - Skopje,
Macedonia, Open Society
Institute - Macedonia, Fersped - Skopje, Macedonian Lotary, Metal - Skopje,
Alkaloid - Skopje,
Makpetrol - Skopje, Meser Vardar Tehnogas - Skopje, Orka Sport - Skopje,
Replek - Skopje, Skopje
Browery, Kometal Trade - Skopje, Veledrogerija Panovski - Skopje, Butel -
Skopje, Macedonia Tabak -
Skopje, A.D. OZ Makedonija - Skopje.

Nebojsa Vilic, Ph.D.
Faculty of Drama Arts
University 'SS. Cyril and Methodius'
Ruger Boskovic b.b. / P.O.Box 134
MK-91000 Skopje, Macedonia
tel. 389 91 37 05 96  fax 389 91 36 12 56

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Date: Wed, 2 Jun 1999 16:36:03 EDT

NY Arts invites you to view
W'e've just posted the June issue.

Table of content #33 June Issue:

Mob Rule (panel discussion)
SoHo: the Undead- Mark von Schlegell
Interview: Achille Bonito Oliva- Daniel Rothbart
Atelier Van Lieshout William Jeffett InClement Weather- Piri Halasz
Disaster Imagery in Contemporary Painting-Merry Meikle
ìIt Hurts:î It Sucks- Grady T. Turner
Virtual 2 - Scott Weiland
A Half Century Later: Chambers/Hiss
- Richard Kostelanetz
Abakanowicz on the Roof -Harriet Zinnes
Ellsworth Kellyís Early Adventure in Abstraction and Representationality
-Shin-Yi Yang 	Charles Henri Ford -Valery Oisteanu
The Creep Michael Peglau
Q & A Tula Telfair
Racing through Space with Llewellyn Shepard -M. Ryan Purdy
Artists Space Project Space 2: 1998ñ1999 Exhibition Season
Colette on Colette
A Tale from Spain, the Painter, the Sculptor and the Gardener -Mariano
de Blas
Letter from Paris -Nina Zivancevic
Centerfold Project: Intro -- The Observatorium
Letter from Italy -Ombretta Agroí
Press Releases
Relocating Politics-Thomas Girst

Toledo-Toledo: Shake Rattle and Roll
-Ana Maria Torres
Global Conceptualism- Lauri Firstenberg
The American Century: Art and Culture
1900-1950 -Harriet Zinnes
Calligraphy After Postmodernism: The Art of Fung Ming-Chip- Robert C.
	The Architecture of Red Vienna, 1919-1934
I Like Mike -Louise Reid
Julian Schnabel -Harriet Zinnes
Picks -Christopher Chambers
Cooper Union Studentsí Writing
Previews and Reviews
Shirin Neshat: Rapture-Horace Brockington
and much, much more
Also check out our fast growing directory

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Date:  Sun, 30 May 1999 14:11:15 +0200
From: "benoit fort" <>
Subject:  ann! ...  Oh ! Les Beaux Jours

" Oh ! Les Beaux Jours "

Exposition organisé par Frédérique Lecerf et Eric Landan
Square des Batignolles
05-06 juin
Métro: Brochant - 75017 - Paris

A.B.=Alain Bernardini
T.B.=Théophile Billich
O.B.=Olivier Blanckart
V.B.=Véronique Boudier
R.B.=Rébecca Bournigault
E.B.=Edouard Boyer
J.F.C.=Jean-François Chermann
C.C.=Claude Closky
P.C.=Patrick Corillon
P.C.DC.=Pierre-Claude De Castro
R.D.=River Dillon
D.F.=Daniel Foucard
A.F.=Arnaud Fremaux
P.G.=Pierre Gaconnet
C.G.=Corinne Gais
Y.G.=Yves Grenet
A.G.=Marie-Ange Guilleminot
A.H.=Alice Hart
F.H.=Frédéric Héritier
T.H.=Tom Ho
V.H.=Véronique Hubert
O.K.=Olga Kisseleva
V.L.=Vincent Labaume
E.L.=Eric Landan
F.L.=Frédérique Lecerf
R.M.=Rémi Marie
R.M.=Rémy Marlot
M.M.=Michel Maucuer
C.M.=Christine Melchiors
A.M.=Antoine Moreau
F.R.=Fabrice Reymond
A.S.=Alain sonneville
S.Sy.=Sidney Stucky
Th.Th.=Thierry Théolier
H.V.=Helena Villovitch
B.Z.=Brigitte Zieger


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Date:  Sun, 30 May 1999 14:11:39 +0200
From: "Doina Petrescu" <>
Subject:  ann! ...  ALTERITES



Paris 4-5 juin 1999
14, rue Bonaparte
(Amphitheatres 1&2, Batiment des Loges)

4-5 juin 1999

Mary Flanagan (artiste multimedia, New York)
Jecca (web artist, Paris)
Olga Kisseleva (artiste)
Tina La Porta (artiste, Cooper Union New York)
Fiona Meadows (architecte)
Marie-Paule Pages (architecte, Paris)
Kirsten Weltzin (artiste, Oslo)


Vendredi 4 juin

moderateur: Doina Petrescu

9.30 - 12.30
Anne Querrien (sociologue urbaniste, Paris)
Monique Minaca (architecte, Paris)
muf (architectes, Londres)
Thorne (architectes, Londres)

moderateur:  Jean-François Chevrier

14.00 -17.30
IIana  Salama Ortar (artiste, Haifa)
Raoul Bunschoten (architecte, directeur de Chora, Londres)
Petra Marguc (architecte, AA Londres)
Karen Bermann (architecte,Iowa StateUniversity)
Emina Petrovic (architecte, University of Belgrad)

moderateur: Catherine Ingraham

14.00 - 17.30
Tina LaPorta (web artiste, Cooper Union New York)
Lucy Sheerman (University of Cambridge)
Niran Abbas (University of London)
Sally R. Munt (University of Brighton)
Carol Schea (architecte, AA, Londres )
Patricia Potter

18.15 - 19.30
invite: Jacques Derrida

Samedi 5 juin

moderateur: Christian Girard

9.00 - 12.30
Sadie Plant (cyberféministe,  University of Birmingham)
Jennifer Bloomer (architecte, professeur Iowa State University)
Harris Dimitropoulos (architecte, professeur Georgia Tech Institute)
Catherine Ingraham (professeur Iowa State University)
Doina Petrescu (architecte, Centre d'Etudes Féminines Paris 8)

moderateur: Christine Buci-Glucksman (professeur, Université Paris 8)

Mireille Calle-Gruber (professeur, Université Paris8)
Bracha Lichtenberg Ettinger (artiste, psychanaliste, Paris) Matrixial
Martine Bouchier (artiste, enseignante EA Lille)
Francesca Hughes (architecte, enseignante Bartlett , Londres)
Sonja Dicquemare (architecte-choregraphe, ENBA Lyon)

moderateur: Neil Leach (architecte, professeur University of Nottingham)

Jane Rendell ( enseignante University of Nottingham)
Katie Lloyd Thomas (architecte, University of Nottingham)
Helen Stratford (architecte, University of Nottingham)
Andrea Wheeler (architecte, University of Nottingham)
Victoria Rosner (University of Texas)
Brigid Mc Leer (Dartington College of Arts, Devon)

invitée: Hélène Cixous

conference co-ordinator
Doina Petrescu

Comité d'organisation / Organising Board
Jean-François Chevrier
Mathilde Ferrer
Christian Girard
Jacques Sautereau

Ecole d'Architecture Paris-Villemin    &
Ecole nationale supérieure
des beaux-arts

Parteneriat / Sponsorship
D.A.P.A. Bureau de la Recherche Architecturale
Department of Architecture - Iowa State University
The British Council

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Date: Sat, 29 May 1999 22:17:11 +0100


</bold>The PARK VIEWERSDAY is a three monthly video screening (with
chat) by the editors of

PARK 4DTV on the INTERNET live from the PARK studio in Amsterdam.

Video-tapes that we recieve from artists from all over the world will
be selected

live, and you can join us on:

<bold>Sunday May 30th 20.00 hrs</bold>. (local Amsterdam time).


</bold>You can check out what time we start in your
<bold>timezone</bold> at:

What do you need to join the PARK viewersday on the internet?

Netscape 3.0 or higher





         AMSTERDAM  -  EVERY NIGHT FROM 01.00-02.00 UUR, KANAAL 4

         NEW YORK  -  EVERY WEDNESDAY FROM 02.00-03.00 A.M., CHANNEL 34


         INTERNET  - 24 HOURS A DAY


         P.A.R.K. 4DTV  Korte Leidsedwarstraat 12

         1017 RC  Amsterdam  The Netherlands

         Tel/Fax +31 20 6390414   -


         H.Haagsma, M.Ploeg, D.Tuinder, W.Seuskens, K.Terwindt,

         S.Hamel, J.v.d.Brink, J.Kooimans, M.Takken

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Date:  Sun, 30 May 1999 01:08:05 +0200
From: (Clara Gari)
Subject:  ann! ...  call for soundscape art works


Symposium En Red 0  1999 is dedicated to Soundscape
Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (Spain)
November 10th-12th 1999

Symposium En Red 0  1999 is dedicated to Soundscape. We call for sound art
& music works related. Selected works will be programmed in chill-out
sessions providing a platform for works produced from materials related to
some aspect of the Soundscape of the creators' environments. The chill-out
sessions will be devoted to the Soundscapes of Barcelona and World
Soundscapes (other cities and environments). Works of all aesthetic
tendencies will be welcome.

Deadline for reception of works: september 30th, 1999.
Formats admitted:  data CD-ROM with AIFF, SND (Mac) or Wave (PC) files- 16
bit, 44.1 KHz, CD-Audio and DAT.

Postal packages should be sent to:
Orquestra del Caos/En Red O
Montalegre, 5

The results of these three days will be made into an audio CD-ROM including
the theoretical contributions and extracts from the works programmed.

As of early October, extracts of the works selected will be on show at:

En Red O is an electronic-electroacoustic music and sound art symposium
held yearly and organised by Asociación de Musica Electroacústica de
España,  Coclea and Orquestra del Caos. It takes place at the Mirador of
the Centre de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona, a huge cultural center
dedicated to urban and humanistic contemporary culture.

This year En Red 0 is dedicated to sound and music related to Soundscapes.
We use the therm soundscape as used by World Soundscape Project comunity
>or Music Department of Simon Frazer University. they take it from Murray
>Shaffer's therminology. soundscape is a sonic landscape, the whole set of
>sonic informations which can reach your conscience in a given
>environmental context. you can also see it as the whole set of sonic
>objects (in therminology of Pierre Schaeffer) in a given environmental
Talks and discussions are combined with chill-out sessions (about 6-8 hours
per day) in calm cool space (Mirador of the Center) . People can come an go
at any time and listen what is on in any moment or come for a particular
request, listening to a particular wotc, etc.
This means that there is not live performance programmed. Anyhow, we are
also interested in live projects as we program other events along the year,
so your information about them is welcome even if we cannot accept them for
En Red 0.

Works are selected taking into account creative quality, technical quality,
fitting with  year's subject (this year, soundscapes) and  lenght  (10
minutes max.) .

We will quotate author's name either in the Symposium's papers and in the
specific program. Author's copyrihgts will be arranged with spanish
author's society SGAE. We do not pay any artist directly. We will also
quotate names and logos of all institutions and associations which will
collaborate with us.

Some unedited works will be recorded on an enhanced cd as a result of hte
symposium. Choosen authors will be contacted for request.

Organised by Orquestra del Caos. Côclea. AMEE.
With the collaboration of Arsonal, CCCB and ICUB

For more information, please contact:

Clara Gari

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Date:  Sun, 30 May 1999 18:18:00 +0200
From: honor <>
Subject:  ann! ...  Call for Participation for special edition of Bastard


Call for Participation for:
A special edition of Bastard produced in response to the war in Yugoslavia

An independent coalition of writers, publishers and critics are producing a
free newspaper which seeks to create an insight into the manifold responses
engendered by the the war in Yugoslavia.  We are calling for input from
those interested in helping create a vehicle of reflection, a method of
amplifying the voices of the observers in this crisis.

Apologies to anyone who receives this message more than once.

War without a cause?

If there is a feeling shared by most who witness these days of war in
Yugoslavia, it is the feeling of historical impotence. Seven weeks of war
has turned us into mere spectators, watching the tough guys play chicken.
The war drive goes on and on, the edge of the cliff gets nearer and nearer.
We watch in fascination, but nobody puts on the brakes.

Is there really nothing we can do? Are the home-viewers really the last
consulted on this war and the first to be defeated in it? Is there any
deeper humiliation for all of us?

History humiliates those who see no sense in it. Blindness to the meaning
of a historical event renders helpless those history challenges. Or as
Hegel said somewhere, "hell is truth seen too late."

The course of history isn't decided only by those who imagine they occupy
the driver's seat. It was Kant who stressed, two hundreds years ago, the
dignity of the so-called passive audience. The truth of an event is not
decided by its protagonists, but by its witnesses. It's us armchair
passengers who observe what passes, and decide what passed.

The vector that connects camera-tipped missiles and eye witness accounts
uplinked by satellite to millions of eyeballs around the world, might seem
to create more and more mere passive observers, but it also creates more
and more witnesses to history, and participants in its assessment and

We, the so called passive audience, today more then ever, should be again
aware of our historical dignity. To "do something" doesn't always mean to
engage oneself in the concrete practical situation. To grasp the meaning of
historical events, can have an impact on them which could be even more
decisive than a practical involvement.

There are too many warriors among pacifists, too many humanitarian
activists among generals, to many politicians among criminals, and too much
stupidity among the smart bombs. To reflect upon all this won't immediately
stop anything, but it can help us to open our eyes to the dangers and
perspectives of the reawakened history we are now faced with.

There is never enough time -- for an accurate knowledge of the history of
the region, for reliable, balanced, confirmed information, for an instant
theory which explains it all, or for an ideology to be led by.  Godot never
arrives, even in Sarajevo. But we can do the best we can.

Therefore, we propose to collect what we already have, to produce a
publication -- on paper as well as on the net.  We are inviting expressions
of interest for another kind of effort -- the effort of the observer,
trying, despite the odds, to render fair witness.

Acknowledging the wealth of the critical and anecdotal texts produced in
response to the unfolding circumstances in Yugoslavia, the publication aims
to draw together critiques, essays, and analyses, as well as important
historical documents, reports from the ground, artists responses, letters,
diaries, protests, petitions, addresses, and URLs - all essential to
creating a candid a picture of the situation: the juridical, as well as the
moral one

Arkzin, the Croatian magazine originating from the anti-war movement in
1991-92 (, has taken the initiative to design and
produce this one-off coalition newspaper. Their graphic accomplishments are
widely acknowledged. Boris Buden, responsible for Arkzin's critical theory
section, "Bastard," will be a key part of the coordination of the

The newspaper will be published in two locations: Zagreb (for Central and
Eastern Europe), and Amsterdam (for Western Europe).It will be in English,
printed in tabloid format, and will be approximately 40-60 pages. The
publication will also be available as PDF files for anyone to download and

Please join us!

* Become a co-publisher or even print your own editions
* Suggest articles or writers for publication
* Help us with the distribution
* Suggest names of groups or papers who would to distribute

The publication is open to contributions, just as the historical situation
is open today to all possible outcomes and their meanings.
Let's follow the hint of history ...

For further enquiries or expressions of interest:

Boris Buden

Honor Harger

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Date:  Tue, 1 Jun 1999 15:29:29 -0400
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Subject:  ann! ...  The Thing Newsletter * Summer 1999

THE THING Newsletter                      June 1, 1999
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