A Monthly Newsletter
November 3, 1997
vol 2.07

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Greetings: NOVEMBER couldn't have arrived at a better time. Was it just us or did October seem filled with ominous portends for the future? El Niño and the weather, puppy dog bombs in Bilbao, stock market "corrections," Reno v. Gates, and the NEA deciding that, hey, the problem is really all those elitist artists. Then the final blow: according to The New York Times the French have decided -- after a great deal of philosophical mulling-it-over -- that Halloween, the most crassly American holiday, is actually, well, French. Good thing the weather in New York is turning cold and we have an acceptable excuse for staying inside, hunkered over our computer keyboards to keep warm until the Spring thaw. Things are going well for the artnetweb Online Education Center and the debut of the redesigned quarterly INTELLIGENT AGENT Magazine has been a great success. That means we'll be even busier over the next few months keeping up with what seems to be an increasingly incomprehensible world of art, education and technology. Now, if we could only figure out how to turn the heat up on our computers. Best regards, Remo Campopiano president, artnetweb Christiane Paul editor, INTELLIGENT AGENT Robbin Murphy editor, newsletter A hypertext version is available on the Web: ============================================================ ============================================================ 1. artnetweb NEWS 2. INTELLIGENT AGENT NEWS 3. REVIEWS (WEB) 4. ANNOUNCEMENTS & CALLS FOR PARTICIPATION 5. BOOKMARKS ============================================================ ============================================================ 1. artnetweb NEWS ============================================================ CLASSES at the ONLINE EDUCATION CENTER 426 Broome Street New York, NY, US 10013 It is our pleasure to report that the experimental online course in VRML 2.0 is filled to capacity and a great success. Web-based education, although in its infancy, is predicted to be a multibillion-dollar industry and we've seen several approaches to online education spring up over the last six months. Our approach is three-fold...listserv, web site and journal. We use a *listserv* (multi-user email) to organize a community around the subject, keep track of progress and answer questions. The course *web site* contains and unites the various aspects of the learning process. For instance, in a given week you are asked to read sections of the textbook, visit online tutorials, follow step-by-step exercises, do work assignments, all related to one topic. In the VRML course that topic might be "Using Color and Mapping Images to Objects."At the end of the week, participants are asked to present their work, comments and problems in an *HTML journal* that is accessible to the instructors and the other participants. This gives the instructors a way of tracking progress and the participants something to show and talk about. The web site, which is contained in *one* elaborate frameset, is designed to put everything you need at your fingertips. Next month I will be putting up a one-week example of the VRML site, as we prepare to recruit for the January starting date of our second online VRML course. Remo Campopiano --------------------------------- The artnetweb ONLINE EDUCATION CENTER offers classes both in the physical space of our storefront in New York and on the Internet using e-mail lists, tutorials and the Web. For full course descriptions and syllabi visit our website: If you have questions please contact Remo Campopiano: phone: 212-925-1885 or 508-336-0855 e-mail: ONLINE Classes: 1) VRML: Building 3d Worlds on the Web; 2) Web Design using Microsoft FrontPage; 3) Photoshop for the Web; 4) Computer-Assisted Sculpture Fabrication. STOREFRONT Classes: 1) HTML: Web Page Design--begins November 19th; 2) Introduction to 3d Studio--begins November 8th; 3) Video for Multimedia; 4) Macromedia Director & Multimedia. --------------------------------- <i> i o l a </i> An elitist and biased guide to projects and writing on-line. --------------------------------- ART DIRT A RealAudio and Video WebCast from Pseudo Online Network G.H. Hovagimyan, host Live every Tuesday, 5-6 pm EST and any time from the archives RECENT GUESTS: Roz Dimon, Valery and Natalie Cheraskin from Russia, Kathy Brew of Thundergulch, Helen Thorington of Turbulence, Andrea Wollensack, Vivian Selbo, Paivi Jukla, and Elise Barna and Leo Fernekes of Elecktrokinetics Gallery. If you'd like to telephone in during the webcast the number in New York is: 212-925-1391 2. INTELLIGENT AGENT NEWS ============================================================ Intelligent Agent's editor, the always fashionable Christiane Paul, attended the "Wearables" Symposium at MIT's Media Laboratory on October 15, 1997 and filed this report: Prêt à Compute High technology and fashion collided at the MIT Media Laboratory's "Wearables" symposium -- a research-meets- fashion/industry event -- that brought together leaders from worldwide corporations, academic centers, and press agencies. Hosted by Leonard Nimoy (himself a pioneer in the field of the "fashion of the future"), the symposium consisted of panels focusing on the topics Body Electric, Ready to Ware, Wear Ware where?, and Be Wear; the symposium climaxed in the fashion show Beauty and the Bits, featuring living, fully interactive models on pedestals. According to the visions and prototypes presented by various panelists, our future "Body Electric" might be equipped with the following features: glasses with integrated monitors that constantly project data right into the eye without impeding eye contact with other people; attachments, such as jewelry, that measure bodily functions (blood pulse etc.) or give psychological profiles; jackets that have been transformed into musical instruments, complete with keyboards, synthesizers, and speakers; circuitry embedded within the fabric of our clothing. (More info: Our T-shirts may turn into wearable boom boxes, our bodies into local area networks capable of "broadcasting" ads. While wearable computing might become more and more of a necessity for researchers and industries relying on "mobile workers," musical jackets and T-shirts will probably turn out to be as infamous as cell phones and roller blades already are in public places. Among the outfits featured at the fashion show, the ones that enabled the handicapped to better communicate seemed to hold the most promise for the future. Surprisingly underrepresented were the possibilities of voice-recognition and speech-to-text transformation, which would free us from having to type on the keyboards attached to our hips. (The full text of the report will become available online soon: 3. REVIEWS (WEB) ============================================================ Featured in the fall issue of INTELLIGENT AGENT The full texts of the reviews will become available online soon: MAKE ME A MAN Sonya Rapoport's latest project is a reflection on the universal stereotype of manhood and how it has been sustained in diverse cultures at the expense of women. The process of "growing a man"is divided into stages such as "Initiation" (purge the female stuff absorbed from the mother), "Indoctrination" (muscles as an emblematic icon of seminal continence), as well as "Documentation," "Science/History" and "Adult Responsibility." Rapoport's hypertextual exploration of manhood provides a provocative mix of imagery and quotes, ranging from Darwin and Hitler to the Economist ("Every known human society rests firmly on the learned nurturing behavior of man." 10/28/96). "Make me a man" manages to pull off a humorous and campy rendition of rather depressing "factoids." METAPHORIUM At Bell Labs' "Metaphorium" the message is the medium. Users can explore several metaphorical environments which use real world analogies to facilitate unconventional Web communications. Two of the projects explore messaging services that are random, ephemeral and finite in a medium where messages are usually targeted and information can be stored indefinitely. "Message in a bottle" leaves visitors stranded on an island surrounded by a large sea. The only means of communication left to the stranded visitor is to place a message in a bottle and then throw it into the sea; the server determines when a particular user has access to a specific message. "SandTypewriter/SkyWriter" places visitors at random locations along the coastline where they can use the sand typewriter to leave a message in any blank area on the shore, or the sky writer to create a broadcast message in the sky. Eventually, sand messages are washed away by waves while sky messages slowly fade. The projects featured at the "Metaphorium" -- created by Dorée Seligmann, Cati Laporte, Alvaro Muñoz and others -- are inventive explorations of user surfaces that are subversive in a very subtle way. MMF-THE HALL OF HUMILIATION It's a site with a mission: "Putting an end to online scammers... or at least laughing at them mercilessly." MMF stands for "Make Money Fast" and refers to the posts that are essentially old- fashioned (illegal) chain letters promising you'll be rich beyond your wildest dreams. "The Hall of Humiliation" tries to combat this phenomenon by providing information, recourse strategies as well as the MMF loser list and the most pathetic or funny MMF of the week. Virtue-al Web activism. THE MULTI-CULTURAL RECYCLER Yet another take on "Web colliders"--the sites that allow you to generate "collided" pages by grabbing random information from the Web. This collider recycles images from sites that connect video cameras to the Web. "The Multi-Cultural Recycler" selects two or three of these websites at random, and grabs the live or latest image from their cameras. The major development of this recycler is its "Make your own Cultural Compost" option: users can select the cameras themselves, or re-recycle images created by previous visitors; the Recycler performs digital image processing on the shots to recycle them into a new image. The point? As Andy Warhol put it, everybody can be famous for 15 minutes. With recycling, the time span for fame might be stretched to around twenty. 4. ANNOUNCEMENTS & CALLS FOR PARTICIPATION ============================================================ [On-line Performance] STRUT November 12-15 1997 A series of performances relayed over the internet. Works will be broadcast live; some will derive from audience interaction whilst others will utilise the web both as an information resource and means of continuous documentation. [Call for Participation] STATE OF THE ARTS: PRODUCTION, RECEPTION, AND TEACHING IN THE DIGITAL WORLD University of Maryland College Park Campus October 8-11, 1998 The Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies and the Committee for Creative Humanities Applications in the New Technologies (CHANT) at the University of Maryland, in conjunction with the statewide Celebration of the Arts, is issuing a call for contributions to an interdisciplinary conference for an audience of university faculty and students, K-12 faculty and administrators, artists, museum curators, archivists, and the interested public. Proposal Deadline: December 1, 1997 email: web: [Call for Participation] ART AND TECHNOLOGY: IN THE AGE OF INFORMATION Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts Liverpool, UK July 1-3, 1998 This conference is aimed at a wide range of participants. In addition to academic specialists in areas such as Art Theory and History, Cultural/Media Studies, Sociology, Philosophy, Psychology, and Literature, we would like to invite artists, technologists, art critics, art teachers as well as interested members of the public to take part in this conference. Indeed, one of our main aims is to create discussion among these different groups about art and technology in the age of information. email: www: [Call for Participation] CROSSING THE BOUNDARIES VI A Counter-Disciplinary Graduate Student Conference March 27-28, 1998 SUNY Binghamton Binghamton, New York The collective of the 6th annual Crossing the Boundaries Conference invites members from various cultural spaces and different academic disciplines to examine the issue of resistance and metamorphosis in visual culture. We invite paper and panel proposals, as well as encourage creative, non-formal, and interactive presentations (e.g. video, performance art, installations, interactive multimedia, etc...). Deadline: January 15, 1998 Contacts: Jean Cucuzzella email: Sharon Smith email: [Call for Articles] JOURNALISM AND NEW MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES Convergence 4, no 4 (Winter 1998) School of Media Arts University of Luton Luton, UK The Journal is seeking research papers about journalism and new media technologies. Submit original research on topics related to the effects of changes in information delivery systems on news or on news workers, organisations and audiences. In addition, contributions to a debates section, features reports, and reviews of books or other materials on the same range of topics also are sought. The deadline for research manuscripts is 30 April, 1998. Proposals for other sections is 15 January, 1998 and the copy deadline for these sections is 15 May, 1998. email: www: 5. BOOKMARKS ============================================================ Pedestrian: Walking as Meditation and the Lure of Everyday Objects A work for the Web by Annette Weintraub. Circuit_Bored The Web BBS with an attitude problem by Beth Carey. Other Minds Site dedicated to new and unusual music in all its forms. DESKTOP IS Spontaneous online exhibition organized by Alexei Shulgin. Computing in the Arts Syllabus Links from a class taught by Natalie Bookchin at UC San Diego, Fall '97. The Web Writer Guide to writing online from Steve Gilliard. Ascii Pictures by Allen Mullen Cartoons and paintings reproduced with ascii text and html tags Most Luminous Star One of the intrinsically brightest stars in our galaxy in an image taken with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Robert Rauschenberg Index Links to the artist on the net. Fakeshop Live on-line performance from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Paint Estimator Use this calculator to estimate the amount of paint you'll need. Stir-Fry Dispatches from China from Barbara London, Associate Curator, Department of Film and Video, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. If you have suggestions or contributions send them to: ============================================================ ============================================================ We'd like to thank the following for their generous financial support to the newsletter: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN Program in Film and Video Studies ART CALENDAR The Business Magazine for Visual Artists WEB MONSTER Web and Mailing List Hosting PIXELYZE Digital Design You, too, can be listed above by giving a $100 contribution to ARTNETWEB, 426 Broome St., NY NY 10013. Make checks payable to Virtual Real Estate, Inc. 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