THE INTER-SOCIETY FOR THE ELECTRONIC ARTS THE ISEA NEWSLETTER #55 DECEMBER 1996 ============================================ Editors: Alain Mongeau, Isabelle Painchaud (Canada). Contributors: Dirk Boon (Holland), Yoshiyuki Abe (Japan), James Faure Walker (UK), Roger Malina (USA), Shawn Decker (USA), Roy Ascott (UK) ============================================ ISEA, P.O. Box 508, Succ. Desjardins, Montreal (Qc), H5B 1B6, CANADA Phone: (514) 861-4077, Fax: (514) 861-7262 Email: email@example.com URL: http://www.sat.qc.ca/isea Secretariat Coordinator: Isabelle Painchaud ============================================ ISEA Board Members: Peter Beyls, Theo Hesper, Roger Malina, Amanda McDonald Crowley, Alain Mongeau, Simon Penny, Patricia Search, Wim van der Plas Ex-officio Board members: Shawn Decker (ISEA97), John Hyatt (ISEA98) ============================================ CONTENTS ============================================ EDITORIAL . ISEA NEWS . JOB POSTING . CALLS . CONFERENCES & SYMPOSIA ============================================ Check out the digital version of the Newsletter on our Web site HTTP://WWW.SAT.QC.CA/ISEA With in addition the Member's corner of the Newsletter EDITORIAL GREETINGS FROM THE NEW MONTREAL HEADQUARTERS The Inter-Society has been located in Holland since it has seen the day. Since last September, ISEA has moved its headquarters to Montreal where it will evolve in the hands of the team that organized ISEA95, the 6th International Symposium on Electronic Art. The new HQ is committed to enhance ISEA's role as a META organization facilitating communication and complementarity in the field of electronic arts. The ISEA symposium is already very successful in bringing together the international community year after year, offering an excellent opportunity to show work, exchange ideas, develop contacts and initiate collaborations. The new HQ intends to extend ISEA's importance and presence by consolidating its members' network and accrue the benefits related to the membership. The new HQ will also undertake to become more active as a platform for the convergence and dissemination of information related to all disciplines in the field of electronic art. And finally, efforts will be made to reach and involve countries and continents that have traditionally been underrepresented in the electronic arts circuit and community (South America, Africa and Asia). All in all, the Montreal Team wishes to induce new blood into ISEA as an organization, developing new ways to animate the associative life of its members. We would like to thank everybody who has contributed to ISEA in the past 8 years. There's already some history to the organization, with a past membership of more than 400 individuals and institutions and the sponsoring of 7 international symposia that have been held on 3 continents. We sense that there is an ISEA community out there and that ISEA represents a wonderful vehicle for the coordinated development and the critical evolution of the field of arts & technology. Most of the work done at the new HQ in the past few months has been directed to prepare and reorganize ourselves in order to take on this new ISEA mandate. The signal that we want to send through this edition of the newsletter is that the new Montreal team is now ready to help ISEA make its transition into the next millennium and assume its role as an umbrella organization serving as a catalyst. We invite you all to join us and participate in making this happen by sending us contributions, suggestions, ideas of collaborations... ISEA's Board of Directors has just finished holding its first "Virtual Meeting". From now on, such meetings will be held every two months. They will insure that the new HQ has ongoing contacts with the Board. This regularity should also help to induce more continuity in ISEA's development. You will find below a few announcements related to Board decisions and to initiatives taken by the new Montreal team in order to enhance the role of ISEA as a key platform for the interdisciplinary development of arts and technology. 1) CREATION OF TWO SUBCOMMITTEES A first SUBCOMMITTEE was created to ensure that ISEA looks seriously at developing strategies to address issues of cultural diversity and the inclusion of peoples from diverse cultural backgrounds in its activities and programs. The starting point of this subcommittee is the working group that formed spontaneously at the end of the Rotterdam plenary. The Board did not elaborate further on the mandate of the subcommittee. The idea is to let it to the committee to define its own agenda. The ISEA97 symposium will be used as a point of convergence to reveal the results of this subcommittee. This development is very recent so potential members of the diversity subcommittee have not been contacted yet. If you are interested in participating to its deliberations, please contact the ISEA office. The idea of an ISEA PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT SUBCOMMITTEE was also adopted. Its mandate is to work on a 5 year development plan for ISEA. Initial exchanges would start on-line. Real life meetings will then be held in Chicago to finalize a development plan that will be presented during the ISEA plenary/general assembly. Once adopted, the development plan should be mapped onto the HQ's plan of action and serve as general guidelines for the future of ISEA. Again, if you are interested in participating to this process or to contribute with suggestions, do not hesitate in contacting the ISEA office. 2) CALL FOR CANDIDATES FOR ISEA99 and ISEA2000 The ISEA Board of Directors has just adopted a new rule stating that the process for the selection of candidates is to be launched three years in advance for any given symposium. This new disposition implies that the location for both ISEA99 (10th International Symposium on Electronic Art) and ISEA2000 (11th International Symposium on Electronic Art) will be decided next year. The timeline will be the following: -Deadline for submission: April 1997 -Assessment: July 1997 -Announcement: September 1997 All interested parties are encouraged to contact the ISEA office in Montreal and request a copy of the Guidelines for the symposium. 3) ISEA has a NEW WEB SITE: http://www.sat.qc.ca/isea A few volunteers have designed the basic structure of the site. The main task that now awaits us is to develop its content and to animate it. The new ISEA site has two main functions: • to document the past, present and future life of the organization and its annual symposium; • to develop communication tools and Internet activities enabling the interdisciplinary development of arts and technology - these are to be found in the INTERZONE, a section of the site dedicated to ISEA members In the months to come, the ISEA HQ should have staff that will continuously maintain its web site. Do not hesitate to send contributions and suggestions as to how you would like the ISEA site to evolve. 4) ISEA's NEWSLETTER The former Dutch team has produced 54 ISEA newsletters in the past 5 years, under the dedicated care of Dirk Boon. In the next few months, we will proceed to restructure the newsletter. A global calendar will also be maintained on the ISEA web site. If you have suggestions on the format of the newsletter or for any announcement to be included in the newsletter or the calendar, please send your information to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org 5) ISEA-FORUM: A NEW ISEA DISCUSSION LIST A new ISEA discussion list has just been launched. The purpose of this list is to provide an open forum for our membership. This discussion list can be used to exchange ideas about ISEA and its symposia, to propose projects for ISEA, to ask questions, and to share information of interest to ISEA members. To subscribe, send a message to: email@example.com no subject with the message in the body: subscribe ISEA-forum First_name Last_name All the messages are sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org 6) ISEA MULTI-CULTURAL A new ISEA discussion list dedicated to the issue of multi-culturalism and representation has been launched. Hosted by the University of Vermont, this is a closed discussion list for those who want to extend cultural diversity within the ISEA framework. It grew out of the discussion at the plenary session of ISEA 96 in Rotterdam. Since one of the primary obstacles to making ISEA more inclusive appears to be the English language bias of the organization, we are experimenting with making this list multi-lingual. To subscribe, send a message to: email@example.com no subject with the message in the body: sub ISEA-Multi Your Name ISEA NEWS ISEA96 PROCEEDINGS The Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Electronic Art should be made available in January 1997. The Proceedings will contain most of the long and short papers as well as several papers based on the ISEA96 Poster presentations. The ISEA96 Proceedings will be printed in a limited number. The Proceedings can be ordered for Hfl 50,-. This price includes postage, 6% value Added Tax and credit costs when necessary. We strongly encourage payments via credit card (Euro, Master and Visa) to the secretariat. We will only process your credit card payment when mailing the Proceedings to you. However if you wish to pay other than by credit card you may send it via bank transfer. The price in those cases due to banking costs will be Hfl 70,-. We would also like you to take note that the CD-ROM of ISEA96 will still be available for a short while yet. The CD-Rom contains pictures, abstracts selected websites and other ISEA96 projects. The CD-Rom can be obtained for Hfl 22,50 also postage included. If you wish to receive one of the above materials please fill out the form below and return it to us. ORDER FROM ISEA96 PROCEEDINGS Name: Mailing Address: Email address: Tel/fax: O I wish to order ... copy/copies of the ISEA96 Proceedings @ Hfl 50,- O I wish to order ... copy/copies of the ISEA96 CD-ROM @ Hfl 22,50 Payment will be via: O credit card----name credit card: number card: expiration date: cardholder name: O Bank transfer (at an extra Hfl 20,-) Bank: Postbank Amsterdam, account# 4524912 to Stichting ISEA96 ------------------------------ ISEA96: Seventh International Symposium on Electronic Art POB 8656, 3009 AR Rotterdam, Netherlands Courier mail (only!) St. Jobsweg 30, 3024 EJ Rotterdam, Netherlands Tel/fax 31-10-4778605 email firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.isea96.nl ============================================ ISEA97 GOALS REGARDING DIVERSITY Here's a brief statement of what we in Chicago have initially set out as our goals with regard to having a more diverse conference next year in Chicago. We have already spent a great deal of time discussing and working locally on this issue, and look forward to broadening this discussion onto the ISEA diversity list-serve. For ISEA97 in Chicago, we have formulated a set of goals which we will work to achieve to the best of our ability. These are: 1) To get all calls for participation, registration information, etc. out to as internationally, racially, culturally, and economically diverse a population as is possible within our means. 2) To make the honorary board, international program committee, and local program and other committees as diverse as possible. 3) To work to increase community involvement on a local level with all interested parties. 4) To work to provide resources to assist members of under-represented groups or communities whose distance or economic situation makes it difficult for them to attend. We feel that the correct way is to work "from the top down" making sure that everyone is invited to submit, and that the review and decision process is as representative as possible. Our hope is that this will lead to a conference which includes those issues of importance to previously under or unrepresented groups at ISEA, and that this increased diversity will appear at all levels of the conference. Likewise, on a more local basis, we are striving to these same goals within the Chicago and midwestern United States region, and currently already have a number of initiatives underway which we should be able to announce soon. What we could use most from this list is help! Specifically, we need your recommendations and contacts in the following areas: 1) Suggestions for Keynote speakers you would like to hear from. 2) Suggestions for sources of mailing lists, web pages, organizations, etc. from underrepresented areas (particularly, Africa, South and Central America, Asia, and Eastern Europe) which we should contact to distribute our calls, registration info, information. 3) Suggestions for members of our international program committee 4) Ideas for workshops and proposals for panels which you would like to see. 5) Potential sources of funds for underwriting travel, conference fees, translation assistance, etc. with the aim of increasing representation and diversity. Please feel free to contact any of us with ideas or information, or of course to bring it up on the ISEA diversity list-serve as well. I look forward to working with you all to make ISEA97 a success! Shawn Decker Associate Professor Chair, Art and Technology Studies Dept. Chair, International Symposium on the Electronic Arts, 1997 School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL 60603 (312)-345-3566 HTTP://WWW.ARTIC.EDU/~ISEA97 ============================================ NEWS FROM ISEA98: REVOLUTION The Foundation for Art & Technology, Liverpool John Moores University and Manchester Metropolitan University are currently setting up research units based in both Liverpool and Manchester. The Research Units will contribute to the ongoing process of developing the ISEA98 Conference, its related events and exhibitions and will both coordinate and network development opportunities related to ISEA98:REVOLUTION. Full mailing details including e-mail addresses will be circulated to members in due course. In the interim, please contact: ISEA98 c/o F.A.C.T. Bluecoat Chambers School Lane Liverpool L1 3BX UK Tel: +44 151 709 2663 Fax: +44 151 707 2150 e-mail: email@example.com ------------------------------ The Foundation for Art & Creative Technology (FACT) The UK's leading development agency for video and electronic media art (formerly known as Moviola) ************************************************* JOB POSTING ************************************************* *The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Full-time, tenure-track faculty position listing Art & Technology Artist Rank open. Teach electronic/computer media at first-year, advanced undergraduate, and graduate level in an interdisciplinary fine arts program. MFA or equivalent and two years college/university level teaching experience preferred. Strong exhibition or performance history and ability to teach innovative curriculum essential. Experience in one or more of the following necessary: electronic media installation, kinetic art, interactive multimedia, telecommunication art, algorithmic composition, computer programming, electronics. Send resume, 20 slides or up to 10 minutes of work on video or audio tape or disk with one-page description/list, names and addresses of three references, and SASE by January 15, 1997 to: Art & Technology Search Committee/inet Dean's Office SAIC 37 S. Wabash Chicago, IL 60603 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer/educator. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. *The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Full-time, tenure-track faculty position listing Animator Rank open. Animator with teaching responsibilities in both filmmaking and art and technology departments. Ability to teach at both the beginning and advanced levels, as well as in the First Year Program. Experience in 2D/3D film and computer animation, experience with UNIX as well as Macintosh-based platforms, knowledge of Softimage and motion control systems preferred. Applicants interested in combining traditional approaches to animation with new techniques, and applicants interested in immersive environments, VRML, interactive media, and alternative media are encouraged to apply. MFA or equivalent professional experience and teaching experience at college/university level preferred. Send resume, artist's statement, sample syllabi, 20 slides or up to 10 minutes of work on video, film, or disk with one-page description/list, names and addresses of three professional references, and SASE by January 15, 1997 to: Animation Search Committee/inet Dean's Office SAIC 37 S. Wabash Chicago, IL 60603 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer/educator. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. ============================================ CALLS ============================================ CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR THE EIGHTH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON ELECTRONIC ART to be held at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on September 22-27, 1997 APPLICATION DEADLINE: All EMAIL, FAXED and MAILED applications must be RECEIVED by January 15, 1997 English is the official language of ISEA97. ------------------------------------------------------------------ Conference theme: Content In the decades since McLuhan's observations on media, a profound change has taken place in the arts. As computer technology becomes increasingly widespread and affordable, many artists are asking "Now what?" For years, the challenge for electronic artists has often been the overcoming of technological barriers and the pioneering of new media. Today, we find ourselves wrestling with the more perplexing questions of meaning, content, and social context. Is the medium still the message? How are computers shaping the languages of expression for our age? What can we say now that we could not before? Do these new media fundamentally change our vision of ourselves and the world? How is physical experience, even architecture, being redefined by the virtual? Does advancing technological obsolescence preclude historical continuity? At ISEA97, people from around the world will meet in Chicago to discuss these questions and many more. Join us and participate in this exciting discourse. What questions are you asking? Your participation in our web-based chat group will help determine the topics to be discussed at special round-table discussions at the conference. To respond, please fill out the form below and send it with attachments to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org While this form may be printed and mailed, receiving via EMAIL is the preferred method. ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JANUARY 15, 1997 All supporting materials (video, slides, audio tapes, etc) MUST BE RECEIVED BY FEBRUARY 24, 1997 Applications not received by January 15 will not be accepted and any materials will be returned. Anyone wishing that submitted materials be returned must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Joelle Rabion, ISEA97 Conference Coordinator The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Department of Art & Technology 112 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor Chicago, IL 60603 312/345-3571 phone 312/541-8078 fax email email@example.com Web Site http://www.artic.edu/~isea97 ============================================ CONSCIOUSNESS REFRAMED: art and consciousness in the post-biological era. Call for Papers and Multimedia Presentations DEADLINE EXTENDED BY TWO WEEKS 1st International CAiiA Research Conference 5 & 6 July 1997 Organised by CAiiA - the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts, University of Wales College, Newport, UK. http://caiiamind.nsad.newport.ac.uk An international conference to look at new developments in art, science, technology and consciousness. Papers, posters, multimedia presentations and performances are invited from artists, professionals, theorists and researchers in the arts, architecture, communications, education, biology, cognitive science, complexity and artificial life, and other relevant fields. Deadline for Paper Abstracts and Multimedia Presentation proposals 15 December 1996 Notification of acceptance 20 January 1997 Deadline for Final papers, detailed Multimedia Proposals and/or CD ROM 1 April 1997 Composite Fee (Conference Registration, accommodation and meals) will be circa 350 pounds including VAT. CAiiA Director: Roy Ascott: firstname.lastname@example.org Programme Committee: Jonathan Bedworth: email@example.com Char Davies: firstname.lastname@example.org Dew Harrison: email@example.com Gillian Hunt:firstname.lastname@example.org Jill Scott: email@example.com Bill Seaman: firstname.lastname@example.org Joseph Nechvatal: email@example.com Miroslaw Rogala: firstname.lastname@example.org Victoria Vesna: email@example.com Contact: Joseph Nechvatal: firstname.lastname@example.org Conference Coordinator, CAiiA, Newport School of Art & Design, University of Wales College, Newport Caerleon Campus, Newport NP6 1YG UK Phone/Fax +44 (0)1633 432174 email:email@example.com http://caiiamind.nsad.newport.ac.uk ============================================ 30 YEARS OF LEONARDO: CALL FOR TEXTS In 1997 LEONARDO will be celebrating its 30th year of publication! As an editorial board member I have been asked to actively seek out and solicit articles in two particular areas of interest, which Leonardo wishes to focus on in its 30th volume. 1. Artists' writings: Artists' Articles (3000-5000 words), Artists' Notes (2500 words) and Artists' Statements (500-750 words). 2. Art and Genetics/Art and the New Biologies: We will be featuring this theme throughout the 1997 volume. Articles by artists, theorists and historians investigating aspects of genetics, genesis of form, etc. are sought. Articles may be submitted directly to me: Roy Ascott firstname.lastname@example.org ============================================ TRANSVERSE WORLDS A Call For Web Based Art | Writing Initiated by digital eARTh http://www.digearth.bcit.bc.ca/dedocs/ co-curated by Thecla Schiphorst & Oliver Hockenhull supported by the Canada Council for The Arts and BCIT ------------------------------ digital eARTh announces a call for web based art and writing under the theme of Transverse Worlds. This is an invitation to construct web work based on notions of cultural, personal, theoretical, political, and physical transversal. ------------------------------ [ < L < trans- prefix across, beyond, through; on the other side of; through and through, changing completely, surpassing; transcending; across, transverse ] [ Fusion of OE fers and OF vers, both < L versus a turning, verse http://www.digearth.bcit.bc.ca/dedocs/ Thecla Schiphorst 1128 Rose Street Vancouver BC Canada V5L 4K8 ============================================ THAW 97: A Festival of Film, Video and Digital Media F O C U S : THAW 97 is a festival of alternative film, video and digitally-produced moving images. The festival was organized in the spring of 1996 as a forum for the presentation of new experimental works which have often been unrecognized, overlooked or refused by conventional exhibition circuits. Thaw implies emergence, movement, and a loosening of the rigidity that often locks the artistic moving image into preconceived categories. The festival seeks to present a wide range of new work. There are no restrictions based on content. Independent productions, especially those which challenge the conventional standards of their media through experimentation in form and content are strongly encouraged. E L I G I B I L I T Y : THAW 97 is organized by media artists as a venue for groundbreaking works using film, video and digital media. Intelligent and impassioned works in any of these formats is welcome. Entries must have been completed after January 1, 1994. Anyone and everyone, including amateurs, professionals and students, are encouraged to submit. A W A R D S : Cash prizes will be given for the best work in each category. A panel of distinguished media artists and critics will select entries of particular merit to receive these awards. These, together with other works of merit, will be publicly screened during the festival, which is to be held at the University of Iowa in May 1997. The amount of each award will be based upon number of entries received. F O R M A T : We will accept entries for our review purposes in the film and video categories only on VHS-NTSC. Digital media submissions may be made on CD-ROM. (Other formats may also be accepted, but please inquire by phone or e-mail before sending them.) After the selection is made for the festival screenings in May 1997, we may contact you for a copy of the work in its original format, where applicable. Entry fee $15 per entry for works of 30 minutes or less in duration, or for Digital Media works, including Websites $25 per entry for works longer than 30 minutes Make checks/money orders payable to- School of Art and Art History/THAW 97 Entries must be received by March 1, 1997 E-mail inquiries can be directed to email@example.com For ongoing updates on the festival's progress http://www.uiowa.edu/~thaw The University of Iowa THAW 97 c/o Intermedia & Video Art 6 International Center Iowa City IA 52242-1802 Ph.: (319) 335-5402 or (319) 358-1053 Fax: (319) 335-1774 ============================================ WRO97 6th international sound basis visual art festival April 30 - May 4, 1997 WRO 97 is an international biennale of media art which for the sixth time will take place in Wroclaw, Poland from April 30 to May 4. WRO presents the artistic interpretation of new technologies and the decisions made in art in relation to new experiences. WRO is also devoted to exploration of the aesthetic and technical potentials of the visual representation of sound in various fields of media art. WRO features International competition for video art and computer animation works in which image and sound equally create an artistic form. See regulations and entry form for details . Deadline: February 1st 1997 Exhibition of media installations Mixed media Performances Broadcast live events in the studio of Telewizja Wroclaw Concerts Lectures and seminars on problems of media culture For more information: Open/Studio/WRO---P.O.Box 1385---54-137 Wroclaw 16---Poland tel/fax: 48 71 448369 ---email: firstname.lastname@example.org://info.wcss.wroc.pl/~wro/prog.html ============================================ Impakt Festival for audiovisual arts, Utrecht The 8th Impakt Festival will be organized from May 7th to 11th, 1997 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Impakt is an international festival for innovative audiovisual arts. The festival is a showcase for avant-garde film, video art, music, installations, performances and multimedia events. Lectures and exhibitions complete the programme. With its unique approach to the audiovisual arts the Impakt festival clearly distinguishes itself form other festivals. To push creative frontiers forward, a historic perspective or context is essential. Therefore we put great effort in the presentation of contemporary art in combination with works from the past. We believe that similarities between artforms are more important than differences and we try to stimulate the interaction between the audiovisual arts as much as possible. In 1997 Impakt festival will present several thematical programmes in which music, film and video will be integrated. In one of these programmes we will explore the influence of the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze on audiovisual artists. In another programme, called the "Art of Destruction" we will focus on artists integrating destruction in their work. Deadline for contributions is January 1st 1997 For more information: Impakt P.O. Box 735, 3500 AS Utrecht, The Netherlands Tel: +31 30 2944 493 Fax: +31 30 2944 163 email: email@example.com ============================================ Jim Noble, Printmaking Research Project I am currently in the third year of a doctoral research project looking into computers and printmaking. Part of the project is an international E-Mail survey of artists` beliefs, opinions and thoughts concerning their use of computers and print. If you have access to E-Mail and use computers in your artworks which are in some way (however bizarrely) printed, I would like to include you in this survey. Please E-Mail me at Thank you. ============================================ The Inter-Society aims at joining a world-wide network of artists, scientists and their institutes, making it easier for the institutes and individual members to share expertise with each other. The aims of the Inter-Society are to promote a structured approach to electronic art and to help finance worthy electronic art projects. For membership information contact ISEA at the address on the front page. ISEA distributes a hard copy version of this Newsletter in order to keep its members, who have no access to Electronic Mail, informed. Those members can, if they desire, get in touch with the Email addresses mentioned in this Newsletter by contacting ISEA. Support: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, ANAT, FACT, Leonardo, EMAF, Ars Electronica, University of Vermont, Marche Bonsecours, SAT, McGill University, Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Ministere de la culture et des communications du Quebec. ============================================ MEMBERS' CORNER Notes on terminal conscience from " the cathode-ray" window (Virilio) a re-defining of intellectual practice, trials Migratory concepts Economic principles of chaotic determination With and without borders Culture technology To hold conflicting ideas in the mind and continue to function is defined as intelligence To stay on the edge, on the line, one terrifies oneself Any imbecile can cross a boundary, go beyond or over the line, and frighten everybody else Electronics Visual communications Concepts and research Contemporary cultural studies, dynamics Consumer-economic positions of enough [igloo.gif] The igloo The silkworm The planting of rice paddies over thousands of years And writing Wisdom-knowledge technologies of enough The impossible is immediate not necessarily relevant Try the probable Then maybe a graceful accident with some kind of a truth The shock of the old Orthodox is radical "Please" "Thank you ", "excuse me", " I made a mistake" Or respect for physical life And plain speech What we used to call "civilisation" when we used to call the "new" politics of "leverage", blackmail Then, I once overheard a loud cellular rap on the subject of a family member's death during surgery, at a newsstand in a shopping mall and wondered whose dignity, privacy, had been invaded, subjected, co-erced When maybe I was expected to say "Hello Caller!" Indeed, how is content determined except by technical means ? Mapping cultural practices So many "captive audiences", "nomadic" subjects, "outlawed" intellectual minorities Cultural exile It's all in one place, really Shopping mall Po-mo tourists gazing around taking snapshots They don't know where they're going Phantom existences Hi-jacked identities Self-interest Smarts with bank accounts to prove it Self-preservation The ethical being in the shopping mall Try walking the walk A maxim, original premise, a fundamental justification "Technology is access for those who don't have it" As in power Harwood's "Rehearsal of memory" Geert Lovinck's "Organized Innocence" in solitude and independent media A chance of significant relation between form and substance Maybe, culture is the ultimate self-denial Not a hero No cult status Just human refusal to master the horrible off the face of the earth Sensibility in the face of sensationalism, self-definition in the sensual torrent Consciousness fragmented by joy, by fear, by pleasure, by pain ? Or, over-exposure at a time-center ? Try switch on, again A reconstitution on a broad base with a conceptual approach Practice. Theory. History. Criticism. Politics. Maintaining integrity It's just too easy to attack somebody else's and build a reputation on their backs while you're doing it. Intentionally inflicting emotional psychological distress, destroying livelihoods and reputations with cheap shots, interrogations, convictions with no chance of defense, recourse, ambushes with baseball bats. Annihilation by hearsay. McCarthies in residence. Too blindly exacting "a pound of flesh" to notice that Miller's "The Crucible" has staying power. And nature is cruel. One day we all wake up to the realization that access to power has been given to those who use it to pervert one's own principles. Moral meltdowns. Switch on , again Imagination The citadel The observatory The sanctuary The igloo Domus Home Emits light Daring simplicity The mindful flaw Rather than mindless perfection Reflections, introspections of a cybermonk re-fusing orders from , incarcerations by, those with no past, no dark and no compelling histories, no re-thinks, no re-writes, no-rememberings, no re-visions, no "common-sense" (sense in common) that truly, the foundations of human nature are quite uncertain And for those who love the world and try to have a cigarette while they're doing it December 1996 N.C Wagner Assoc. Prof. and Coordinator Interdisciplinary Studies Faculty of Fine Arts-VA Concordia University 1455, de Maisonneuve West Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3G 1M8 (514) 848-4600 (Messages) e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ============================================ Mark Tribe RHIZOME INTERNET RHIZOME INTERNET is an organization dedicated to fostering communication and community in the field of new media art. Our energies are focused on this Web site and our two email lists (RHIZOME RAW and RHIZOME DIGEST). Together, these services constitute a comprehensive resource for information and critical writing about what's going on at the intersection of emerging technology and contemporary art. A forum for the exchange of ideas is crucial if new media art is to emerge out of its current boom as a significant contribution to the broader concerns of contemporary art. Such a forum will also help bring the ideas generated within the relatively rarefied world of new media art to a broader public. The RHIZOME community is geographically dispersed, and includes artists, authors, designers, programmers, musicians, curators, critics and others. RHIZOME brings people together by providing a platform for meaningful communication and the exchange of ideas. Check out their Web site: http://www.rhizome.com ============================================ ISEA - INTER-SOCIETY FOR THE ELECTRONIC ARTS The Survey Results of the survey, compiled on November 11, 1996 Personal Info How would you describe yourself ? 17 Artist 5 Developer 2 Student 5 Author/Writer 8 Educator 2 Journalist 5 Researcher 1 Scientist 3 Other: - 1 performer - 1 visual communicator - 1 cultural theorist What age category do you belong to ? 1 - 00-20 5 - 20-30 9 - 30-40 3 - 40-50 4 - 50 + In which category is your annual income ? (In American dollars) 3 - 0-10,000 13 - 10-30,000 4 - 30-40,000 2 - 40- and more Do you have access to the Internet ? 21 - yes 1 - No If so, what kind of connection do you have ? (modem 28.8, T1, etc) 3 - modem 14.4 8 - modem 28.8 3 - T1 3 - don't know 3 - university facilities General Info How did you hear about the Inter-Society ? 2 - Web 2 - TISEA 92 1 - Through an Erasmus project in Gent 1 - Through ARTEC 1 - Through the Uni of Art & Design (Helsinki-ISEA'94) 1 - Through the ICMC (international computer music conference) 4 - Brochure or Leaflet 3 - Friends 1 - Assisted to a symposium 1 - Was invited to do a panel 2 - Mailing announcement for FISEA Utrecht 1 - reading Wired Are you or have you been an ISEA member in the past ? 6-Yes 15-No What brought you to become a member ? YES - solidarity - information - the conference, discount on publications - participation at ISEA94 - enthusiasm for the idea, and because it was from Holland. - I want to become a member. I appreciate ISEA potential an unique position vis a vis the Fine arts. NO - for work/interested What was your main interest in joining ISEA ? 4 -the 10% discount 11 -being part of an association for the advancement of the electronic arts 2 - other: - interact with other artists, excuse to travel especially in Holland -Showcasing work * note only 1 person checked only the 10% case the others was with the being part of.... If you are not a member, what would it take to interest you in becoming one ? 1 - an affordable rate for old independent artists who are contributing every year 2 - being part of an association for the advancement of the electronic arts 1 - cheaper costs all round: Symposiums, Leonardo& other related subscriptions 1 - better PR, Reclame 1 - Student rate 1 - Reducing the price for unemployed artists 1 - don't know 1 - If African experience both in terms of culture and art becomes a visible reality in ISEA 1 - Connections not just with art, but also science & theory. 1 - A reasonable membership fee. Don't make it prohibitive. Would you be ready to pay more and become a member for a longer period ? 5 - Yes 9 - No 1 - possibly Comments: - I'd need a serious senior discount If so , How long would be best ? 3 - 2 years 3 - 3 years Comments: with discount 0 - 5 years What other organization(s) do you belong too ? 1 - Various music related (e.g. ICMA, Sonic Arts) 1 - AIAP (Rome, Italy), ICOGRADA (London, UK), IIID (Vorareberg, Austria) 1 - ISAST, YLEM, SIGGRAPH, etc.. 1 - different educational institutions 1 - ICMA 2 - ANAT 1 - AAAI, SLS 3 - none 1 - several 1 - Aarhus Filmworkshop 1 - Association of Women filmakers Are you a longtime follower of the symposiums? What was the first symposium you've attended Symposiums Lecturer Exhibiting artist Performer Attendee FISEA 2 1 SISEA 1 TISEA 2 1 FISEA93 1 1 1 1 ISEA94 2 1 4 ISEA95 1 2 ISEA96 6 3 1 8 Do you think the ISEA symposium attains its goals ? 1 - Not always as it can some times be very "clicky" & not mix enough successful & not so successful artists, researchers, scientists, etc... 1 - Yes, but it is theoretically funded and it should (as a whole week the symposium itself) 6 - yes 1 - If to physically meet others round the world (that have access, finance, etc..)then yes. 1 - No ! Only to talk and show work but not succeed in development 1 - Yes, Depending on organizing committee 1 - In many ways yes, but the exhibition this year (the ISEA exhibition) was very poor and that is some very serious trouble for the organization! 1 - To some extent 1 - It reflects the view point and interest of a dominant elite 1 - more or less 1 - no What is the best exhibition relating to electronic art have you seen in the past years? 3 - DEAF in Rotterdam 1 - Jean-Michel Jarre 1 - none 1 - Digital Diaspora 1 - Joachim Santer's VR in Sydney 1 - As a total impression I think the ISEA'94 was 2 fine exhibition. An installation by Brian Eno at Kulturhaus in Stockholm many years ago is still in my memory and I think there were some good works 1 - Mediale'93, Hamburg Germany 1 - Burning the Interface and Phantasmagoria, and ISEA95 1 - TISEA Sydney, the use of gallery is vital 1 - ARTEC95 Japan 1 - Too new to area to comment 1 - KRC+F in Vienna 2 - The Tony Brown "Downtown" at Witte de With Rotterdam 1 - Electronic Ballerinas ISEA94 1 - Can not specify but learning from a wide variety was always good. Meeting other artist such as the Bangerts, Roman Verotsko and Hans Dehlinger. What is your opinion on the ISEA Branches ? (Netherlands, Japan, Brazil, etc...) Do you think local representation is needed ? 1 - Yes, it can be helpful to obtain information locally, relatively local, & cheaper to communicate with ISEA branches 1 - I miss one in Scandinavia 2 - Yes 3 - No 1 - Don't know 1 - Probably 1 - No. ISEA is small enough to get info to the people. 1 - Yes, we use communication systems which make this easy 1 - Good Idea 1 - Yes very much so otherwise you are mimicking a colonial relationship which would be .....to set a medium of communication 1 - Definitely it is needed if the society is to be called international. 1 - If it is consistent and remains representative of ISEA central, then yes yes yes What kind of benefits would you like to have as a member of ISEA? (Please check all the benefits you would like) A web environment containing: 9 - a "members only room" where discussions between the members can take place. A password would be given to you as you register. 11 - a gallery where works of art would be exhibited 15 - a data base with information on artists and their works; 9 - a "New Media Marketplace" where one could purchase available works. 7 - a hard-copy passport containing a members' directory. Permanent cover with removable sheets. It would be updated every year. 10 - services such as translation of documents, representation of your work at symposiums and festivals, etc... suggestions... - site for music distribution on the web - "birds of a feather" room with equipment at every symposium. - ISEA site should link to other art sites, - Papers available on the net - Financial Help for members projects which would otherwise never realize & advice on how to acquire funding. Do you think ISEA could act as a promoter of your works ? 12-YES 5-NO Do you personally need such a promoter? 8-YES 8-NO Have you ever sold a work of art ? 12-YES 4-NO Would you use a space on ISEA's Web environment? 13-YES 1-NO 3-perhaps Would you like the I-Society to become a reference center, a place where you can always turn to with your queries, demands and questions ? 13 yes 2 No A reference center bringing you information on the symposium or festivals you missed, and wish to know all about it ? 13 yes 2 No What would you like to see developed as an ISEA-related activity? 1 - Get connected 1 - Linking with indexes, existing Electronic Art sites artists and organizations. 1 - Concerts of Electronic/computer music 1 - New Media Marketplace 1 - Web based art exchanges, maybe workshops, philosophy, discussions, networked seminars 1 - Exhibitions spread out ("satellites") (linked) during the ordinary yearly ISEA exhibition. 1 - Real discussion venue, more round tables 1 - Don't know 1 - A critical stance on itself 1 - More performance (electronic) & more cooperation between countries & a web page where artists could seek funding for ISEA future exhibits.. 1 - The annual symposium is a very important activity. I would not detract from it. I would focus on the Fine Arts. I would invite more scientists. Would you like to become more active in ISEA? 8 -yes 4-No 1-possibly If so, in what field of action: - Electronic Performance Art & robotics, etc... - Exhibition co-ordination for Australian artists & International - Maybe more exhibition options of the art - to be discussed - linking - Making TV-documentaries about the symposiums. - Maybe locally in Spain - Art & Science collaborations - Possibly on 2D art (aesthetics) - Stress on Fine Arts and inclusion of "others". Comments, questions, Rants&Raves, ..... - Questions of power etc, not addressed. More critical (theory) debate needed. - I don't know much about ISEA, so it's hard for me to comment I am also not a professional artist. - How can I get the necessary funding to continue with my project "Olmec Stamp designs" first demonstrated at ISEA94 ? In a dormant state at the moment even though following many conversations with other ISEA96 participants in Rotterdam it is obvious that the public interest on this project is great. I need help & I am ranting & raving about How I would like to present this next stage of the "Olmec Stamp Designs" project at the next ISEA in Chicago. - Good food is always needed - I have just completed a CD-Rom archiving and presently almost 50 years of my Fine art highlighting the transition from traditional media to digital media. I'd like to find a non-commercial conduit to help sell copies of this enormous project esp. to museums, galleries, libraries and schools. - ISEA conferences are getting too academic, based on a competitive-based ideology rather than collaborative; this is very destructive for the arts. - I marked almost everything on question 10 and 12, but I am afraid it is not realistic to expect that ISEA could do that many things at the same time. - ISEA needs to be more representative of people and cultures of the world. The majority of the world's population are being used by the west as disposable commodities to feed western ideas, theories and even your self content but like all commodities we become disposable only to be renewed- never ending cycle. ISEA needs to acknowledge us as people with a wealth of potential that could only benefit and therefore propel ISEA into a new age of respect of others. No more master & servants relationship. The world is tired of that archaic non-productive stale mentality that has only crippled the potential of humanity. Lets us through ISEA free ourselves of such decadence ! - I believe that we can make ISEA an important focus for science and art with the focus on art and science as help thereto. I think most other major groupings focus too much on the practical arts. Some of the strongest do not seem to understand painting, sculpture, etc... I think it would be good to be partners with symposia who focus on music so that we can combine efforts on occasion.