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From: Christiane <robbins {AT} usc.edu>
     Subject: Re: <nettime> loeffleriana digest [druckrey, rose, dietz]
From: waz {AT} easynet.co.uk
     Subject: a true genius of net.art

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Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 09:16:34 -0800
From: Christiane <robbins {AT} usc.edu>
Subject: Re: <nettime> loeffleriana digest [druckrey, rose, dietz]

This announcement of Carl's passing has been a bit of a shock... to say the
least. To continue this online commerative  ....

I knew him as well - from San Francisco - the 1980s' - Art Com - co-founded
with Nancy Frank and embarked upon an early involvement with screening
distrubuting " video art " as well as performance and  books ...  from
their original loft space on South Van Ness ( next to SF Camerawork ).  I
believe that they also published their own book on performance - the title
of which escapes me at the moment.

He was very much a part of the rather fractious SF scene.  From video he
soon migrated into computers  and technology ( familar scenario ) and was
one of the earliest to support and advance the port-a-pak / reel-to reel
"purist " sensibility of the '70's.  For the most part, the artists that
ArtCom distrubuted exemplified that approach to time-based practice, and
included Ant Farm, Dara Birnbaum, Jeanne Finley, Doug Hall, Gary Hill,
Lynnn Hirshman, Chip Lord, John Sanborn / Kit Fitzgerald, Bill Viola,
myself etc.

Again, he was one of the earliest proponents to recogonize the potentials
of on-line with his association with the WELL.  He and Anna Couey, the
WELL, et all were also supportive of one of the first online cultural /
activist global projects " 69 hours / On-line against AIDS " which took
place in 1990 and involved a singularly impressive collective of
alternative art spaces, community participants and health care services.

As with many non-profits in the US during the early to mid 90's,  Art Com
was suffering from severe financial problems due to ( among other things)
the shrinkage of funding opportunities which engendered the expected
results - loss of staff, loss of space+++++.  I think that it all proved to
be a bit too much at that point .  My understanding is that Carl was
offered either a research or teaching position at Carnegie Mellon and left
SF.  I had hear little about him since 1995 /96 execpt that he was doing
well at CM.... what he was doing - I'm not at all sure.

Another url is:
http://lists.village.virginia.edu/listservs/pmc-talk/essays/artcom.mailart



- Exit Communication -


Christiane Robbins
Associate Professor / Director
Matrix Program for Digital Media
University of Southern California
Watt Hall 103
Los Angeles, CA  90089-0292

Tel:  213.821.1539
Fax:  213.740.8938

email:  robbins {AT} usc.edu

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From: waz {AT} easynet.co.uk
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 00:30:07 +0000
Subject: a true genius of net.art

David Gonterman:

http://www.commuterbarnacle.com/gonterman/

:)

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