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Organized by a r t n e t w e b
MIT List Visual Arts Center
January 25 through March 29, 1997

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Art Dirt Im-Port
GH Hovagimyan and guests
Live RealAudio, chat and CUSeeMe streams with participants in PORT and other guests.
Tuesday, 1 - 2 pm EST

Rabinal Achi/ZapatistaPortAction
Ricardo Dominguez and Ron Rocco
Ricardo Dominguez and Ron Rocco present a fusion of high drama and social politic in a work which spans eight hundred years of Mayan history. Their eight broadcast events bring news clips from the Chiapas front, interviews, discussion groups and Mayan theatre to the List Center Gallery and the internet.
Tuesday, 2 - 2:45 pm EST

Homeport Palace Site
Lawrence Weiner with äda'web
There are nine hidden passageways in HOMEPORT. Only one person at a time can pass through a porthole to embark on a voyage. These portholes are revealed when you use one of the secret words.
Opening reception 1/24/97
Tuesday, 3 - 4 pm EST, Feb. 11, 25, March 11, 25

Eight Dialogues
John Hopkins
Live, text-mediated IRC dialogues.
Wednesday, 2 - 4 pm EST

David Bartel with äda'web
An international, participatory sculpture involving palettes of sound and color, gesture, and alphabetical graphics. It is a large scale, complex sculpture taking full advantage of distributed computing on the world wide web using ShockWave, Java, or a similarly flexible application.
Tuesday, 3 - 4 pm EST, Feb. 18, March 4, 18

emergent(c) room
Floating Point Unit: Jeff Gompertz, Bruno Ricard and Volcano
Broadcasting from the Internet studios of Pseudo T.V. in New York City F.P.U.will collaborate with participants in Brazil & Tokyo.
Tuesday, 4 - 6 pm EST

Raku Writing
Duane Whitehurst, Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Chris Spain, and Nathan Fruin
A series of high heat, real time, collaborative writing performances.
Wednesday, 12 - 2 pm EST

Eight Dialogues
John Hopkins
Live, text-mediated IRC dialogues.
Wednesday, 2 - 4 pm EST

Plastic Mother
Beyond the QE2
Live audio and video internet broadcast. The theme deals with imagery and sounds generated by our synthetic society; colorful plastic renderings of animals and people; the idea of a maternal digital assistant with all the potential negative implications; earth is our mother turning plastic with new structures and waste.
Wednesday, 4 - 6 pm EST
March 26, 1997

Prosthesis To A Well, 1997
Sawad Brooks
A potentially infinite and multi-participatory space which participants navigate by "caressing" (with a circular motion) the interface of the program.
1/24/97, 5:30 - 7:30 pm EST
Every Thursday, 12 - 2 thereafter

Virtual Streetcar
Flying Leap Studio / The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
A streetcar that travels between walkthrough websites where riders can interact with each other using text chat or avatars.
Thursday, 2 - 4 pm EST

Finding a way of meshing the synchronicity of a live performance with the asynchronicity of the net helps us to focus on the dismantling of this "illusion of the window of belief". Synchronous material on the net not only does not work very well, but is somewhat against the nature of the medium. so it is interesting to find ways to engage with realtime happenings in an asynchronous way.
Thursday, 4 - 6 pm EST

rDNA (imagined)
Prema Murthy
A metaphorical interpretation of the current experimentation in biotechnology to duplicate the human genome through a compilation of newly deciphered DNA sequences from laboratories all over the world. A biomorphic, imaginary form is created from a recombination of human DNA and experimental broadcasting technologies.
Friday, 1 - 3 pm EST
(except 2/7 and 2/14)

Adrianne Wortzel
STARBOARD is an episodic, interactive theatrical work originated by Adrianne Wortzel. A hybrid of scripting and improvisation, it provides a realtime performing space on-line and off, a writing space, an acting-out and re-acting space, as well as a place for real time avatars to hold discourse on the nature of life and art. Combinations of motifs from prior episodes are blended back into the arena to spark new material.

Themes include: "Recursive Nesting", "Clandestine Cross-Platform Meetings", The Ship's Detective, as well as rare interviews and in situ documents.
Friday, 3 - 5 pm EST

Helen Thorington
An open-ended sound composition centering around the idea of turbulence that will enlarge and alter as live improvisational performers interact with it.
Friday, 5 - 6 pm EST

Mr Z: or I Was a Teenage Cryptologist
Myth Machine: Hal Eagar, Jason Tarantino, Marah Rosenberg, Jason Valdina, Michael Wilson, Erin Eagar, Jason Kruk, Jill Paxton, Corina Lyons, Maninder Saini.
An attempt to show how perspectives converge over time to create a shared narrative from which we construct our own identity. An interactive event across three sites: a New York theater; the MIT List Center; and the Internet.
Friday, 6 - 8 pm EST

CyberDance Myths: New Charts for New Realities
Carmin Karasic and Leslie Everett
This performance intends to provide a familiar reference point in cyberspace for gallery visitors. The sounds of chanting, primitive drumming, computer beeps and keyboard clicks, and amplified heartbeats will lure the visitor. Mythological symbols, icons, and images will be displayed and collaged via the Internet.
Saturday, 12 - 2 pm EST
Starts 3/1/97

Conductor #1: Getting In Touch With Chicken
Cary Peppermint
An interactive performance and installation in which the artist will be placed inside of a box, assume the role of "conductor" and attempt to attain an energy that may complete a "circuit" with a chicken called "resistor" in a second box 10 meters away.
Saturday, 2 - 4 pm EST
2/22 - 3/15

ParkBench: Emily Hartzell and Nina Sobell
A performance studio at the crossroads of analog and digital: clay, fabric and graphite coexist with a digital video mixer, frame grabber and Sun workstation.
Saturday, 4 - 6 pm EST

Jesse Gilbert and Marek Walczak with Henning Knueppel
Soundings attempts to explore the boundaries between public and private space, as they relate both to experience on-line and in the physical world through the construction of an evocative RealAudio score, as well as an animated VRML 2.0 world.
Sunday, 2 - 4 pm EST

Marek Walczak with Mike Mittelman, Mark James, Jesse Gilbert, Henning Knueppel and Sophia Warsh
An on-line interactive 3D world using Blacksun's Cyberhub. Avatars created during PORT with an animation node added "dance" to a series of tunes that refer to a subject discussed on the Listserv or elsewhere.
Sunday, 4 - 6 pm EST

Wailing in the AlulA Dimension
Ebon Fisher
A live CU-SeeMe broadcast view of the set for the AlulA Dimension. A couple of Alulians would be present, and periodically move forward near the camera, and emit a wailing/worbling sound and then return to silent climbing about the chamber.
1/24/97, 5:30 - 7:30 pm EST (other dates to come)

Mapping Project for the List Gallery
Daniel O. Georges
Changing construction on walls of the List Gallery built and altered according to instructions received from the listserv and chat channel.
On-going throughout the exhibition

Telerobotic Camera
Benjamin Tremblay and William Tremblay
An infrared-sensitive monochromatic camera suited to the indirect lighting conditions of the PORT gallery. It is mounted on a custom-made robotic pan-and-tilt platform suspended at a height of eight feet from the floor in the center of the exhibit. On-line viewers manipulate the position of the camera through directional buttons on the Web page.
On-going throughout the exhibition


January 24, 1997, 5:30 - 7:30 pm EST

  • Prosthesis To A Well, 1997
  • Homeport Palace Site
  • Wailing in the AlulA Dimension
  • Art Dirt Im-Port
  • Gallery Closed
  • Art Dirt Im-Port
    1 -2 pm EST
  • Rabinal Achi/ZapatistaPortAction
    2 - 2:45 pm EST
  • Homeport / Arrangements
    3 - 4 pm EST
  • emergent(c) room
    4 - 6 pm EST
  • Raku Writing
    12 - 2 pm EST
  • Eight Dialogues
    2 - 4 pm EST
  • Plastic Mother
    4 - 6 pm EST
  • Prosthesis to a Well
    12 - 2 pm EST
  • Virtual Streetcar
    2 - 4 pm EST
  • ellipsis
    4 - 6 pm EST

  • rDNA
    1 - 3 pm EST
  • Starboard
    3 - 5 pm EST
  • turbulence
    5 - 6 pm EST
  • Mr. Z
    6 - 8 pm EST
  • CyberDance Myths
    12 - 2 pm EST
  • Conductor #1
    2 - 4 pm EST
  • ParkBench
    4 - 6 pm EST


  • Soundings
    2 - 4 pm EST
    4 - 6 pm EST

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