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   Annette Weintraub, Mirage                                                       
     Annette Weintraub <>                                     

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     "::bea:" <>                                                        

   CFP: Information Aesthetics [Toronto; 15/12]                                    
     carolyn guertin <>                                                                                          
     deKam <>                                                          

   Observatory on the state of democracy in Italy                                                                                   


   Geert Lovink Web Archive                                                        
     "Reinhold Grether" <>                           

   christmas special --- buy one get one free                                                                                         

   new work 'Mailstory' / nouveau travail 'Mailstory'                              
     "Garrett Lynch" <>                                        


Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2001 22:02:43 -0500
From: Annette Weintraub <>
Subject: Annette Weintraub, Mirage


Mirage is a Web-based narrative project that examines the dissonance 
between the romantic expectations of travel and the realities of 
place. Based on a journey to Morocco, Mirage embeds ostensibly 
neutral 'tourist' photos with contradictory narratives exposing a 
complex of economic, social, historical and psychological realities. 
Mirage addresses the complex relationship of experience and 
expectation, examining elements of voyerism, escapism, cultural 
confusion and mythification. It presents alternative interpretations 
of the signature visuals of an "exotic" place, and the resultant 
tensions between expectation and actuality.

Mirage is at: 
This project was commissioned for the exhibition, "Paradise in Search 
of a Future, Part II" at CEPA in Buffalo.


Launching in December: The Mirror That Changes,  a project on water 
and sustainability commissioned by the Ruschlikon Centre for Global 

Crossroads was presented at the Graz Biennial of Media and 
Architecture, Nov. 7-11 in Graz, Austria., and will be presented at IMAGINE2001 in 
Gavle, Sweden at the University of Gavle in December.

Apologies for any cross-posting


Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2001 17:12:45 -0800
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Subject: : :>>:.;::>....;>:.view...:::::::::::source;:>>>:..;;.<::>:>

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Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2001 11:07:16 -0800
To: <>
Subject: :>>:.;::>....;>:.view...:::::::::::source;:>>>:..;;.<::>:> 

viewsouce is nungu's resume, embedded in its html code.   nungu is  a
digital entity - a human / a cyborg / a piece of codework / a mutating virus
- - with its own peculiar characteristics, whims, contradicitons, ambitions.
its resume is a first person piece of code[text]work and details nungu's
characteristics alongside those of its creators. nungu is the interface,
the [authors] remain in the background, they are the source code.

nungu's entry/index pages are chosen at random from an ever expanding
selection, by a script. They alert the user to the multiple identities of
nungu. clicking through the intial pages the user comes to the directory
page in which all works are listed plus the prompt


as object orientated programming creates its object and defines its
properties, when nungu's source code changes its interface mutates:
different avatars, plays with identity, disguises - the real identity is
underneath the inter[sur]face, at the  source, the code.  even this identity
though, is not static, static in appearance unlike the interface, but not
static in its definition, it is an evolving manifesto, a mutating virus

as authors, identifying ourselves with the source code signals the desire to
be sovereign, autonomous, underground and undetectable.  as code we are free
from visual surveillance at the level of data and yet directly participate
in it.  the code does not partake in the spectacle but functions invisibly,
performs subversively and avoids the transparent.


Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2001 10:07:36 -0700
From: carolyn guertin <>
Subject: CFP: Information Aesthetics [Toronto; 15/12]

Apologies for Cross-Posting

Information Aesthetics: Paranoia or Paradigm?

Thomas Pynchon defined paranoia as "the realization that _everything is
connected_, everything in the Creation..." For celebrants of chaos theory,
massive quantities of data pose the joyous possibility of achieving a state
of 'maximum information' or reveal the potentialities of 'pattern
recognition' as an organizational structure. The new media arts, hypertext
and the World Wide Web often toy with information overload and the
exuberant wealth of database systems to unite information with an aesthetic
dimension. Is there an aesthetics of information? If so, what forms does it
take and how does it function? What are the implications for the artforms
of the new media? Does it produce paranoia, nested networks, new modes of
organization, or...?

Your investigation might consider:
spatial and/or temporal navigation
search engines, databases and/or archives
sequence, randomness, repetition, lists, series
narrative, anti-narrative, games
transparency, interactivity and/or control
speed, delay, friction
shape, colour, sound and/or noise
spacetime, depth, surface, interface
waves and particles
fractals, quantum computation, geometry
memory and/or forgetting
architecture, photography, cartography

Submissions of a 500 word abstract and a short bio or weblink by e-mail by
December 15th to:
Carolyn Guertin

Carolyn Guertin
Dept of English
University of Alberta
3-5 Humanities Centre
Edmonton AB T6G 2E5

Inter/Disciplinary Models, Disciplinary Boundaries:
Humanities Computing and Emerging Mind Technologies
Consortium for Computers in the Humanities / Consortium pour Ordinateurs en
Sciences Humaines (COCH/COSH)
2002 Meeting at the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities
May 26-8, 2002
U Toronto / Ryerson Polytechnic U

Carolyn Guertin, Department of English, University of Alberta
E-Mail:; Tel/FAX: 780-438-3125

Assemblage, the Online Women's New Media Gallery, at trAce:


Date: Sat, 01 Dec 2001 15:08:03 -0500
From: deKam <>


generative collage software for re-mixing the American Memories Collections
at the Library of Congress (revising history once again)

Revision History v.3 - download for Macintosh (1 MB)

results of the experiment:



Date: Wed, 05 Dec 2001 09:33:33 +0100
Subject: Observatory on the state of democracy in Italy

The previous communication contained a wrong web address.
The observatory can be found at the following address

Dear Friend

On 27th November, Osdem (Observatory on the state of democracy in Italy) 
will publish its first monthly newsletter at

OSDEM is just a memorandum on the authoritarianism and mafia-like 
corruption currently sweeping Italy, this newsletter will not contains 
scoops, sensationalism or hidden secrets.
It will, rather, provide information which is all too obvious, easily 
distilled from an attentive reading of newspapers or active participation 
in Italian social issues. The aim of the newsletter is to provide a monthly 
summary of the events that are steadily destroying Italian democracy and 
civil liberties and to remind those who, like yourself, have many other 
matters on which to focus attention, that Italy risks sinking to 
unprecedented depth of incivility.
While that which is happening is a very Italy-specific phenomenon, we 
nevertheless feel there is a risk that this malaise will spread to other 
European nations. It has already happened, albeit many decades ago. Let us 
make sure, then, that history does not repeat itself.
Thank you for your kind attention.

Observatory on the state of democracy in Italy

Since the coming to power of the right-wing coalition Italy has witnessed a 
serious undermining of legality, civil rights, freedom and political awareness.

Silvio Berlusconi, the current Prime Minister of Italy, won his seat as 
head of government by channelling enormous sums of money into electoral 
advertising. And since, over the last 30 years, he has succeeded in 
building up a financial empire with the support of both the mafia and 
secret associations such as the P2 freemasons' lodge (of which he was a 
member), funds have certainly not been lacking. Furthermore, given the 
magnitude of the Berlusconi-owned media empire, he has also been able to 
enjoy a massive communications advantage that is, in a Western democracy, 
without precedent.

This enormous dominance of the media constitutes a danger for Italian 
democracy. Yet no less dangerous than Berlusconi and his party-cum-business 
enterprise are the other parties that bolster it. One is a direct 
derivative of the fascist regime, while another is openly racist, has been 
advocating the secession of northern Italy for years, and supports the 
expulsion of foreigners.

Yet historically, fascism and mafia have never been allies.
While both may be seen as symptoms of peculiarly Italian illnesses, they 
have, in the past, always been anathema to each other. The mafia is a 
family-oriented organisation that aims to replace the state and pursues its 
interests through blackmail, violence and corruption. Fascism, instead, is 
an aggressive assertion of state authority and is systematically violent 
towards society.
Now, for the first time, these two forms have come together.

Genoa highlighted the totalitarian nature of this government all too 
clearly. During those two days the Deputy Prime Minister, Gianfranco Fini, 
spent two days at Genoa's police headquarters from where he piloted acts of 
violence, repression and torture, the homicide of a young demonstrator and 
aggression against citizens wishing to protest against the G8 summit.

The xenophobe instincts of this government also came to the fore when 
legislation on how to integrate foreign workers was passed. The government 
lost no time in promising prison sentences for those entering Italy without 
authorisation, as if just entering the country were in itself a terrible 
crime, and quickly established that visas for foreign citizens should only 
last as long as their work contracts.

On other occasions legislation has been brutally railroaded to meet the 
interests of the regime's mafia. Legislation aimed at shielding the Prime 
Minister and his direct accomplices from the investigations of magistrates 
- - who have been examining allegedly illicit business transactions for years 
- - has been rushed through Parliament in record time.

Silvio Berlusconi, Gianfranco Fini and Umberto Bossi represent not only a 
threat to Italian democracy, but European stability too. There us, in fact, 
something about this (for the moment) specifically Italian shameless, 
grotesque authoritarianism that risks being exported, infecting the 
societies of other European countries.

This is why we believe that it is nothing less than essential to provide a 
systematic news service that highlights the actions, legislation, 
repression of dissent and the freedom-restricting policies approved by this 
all-too mafia-like government and which exposes the antidemocratic nature 
of the words of its politicians.

That service is one that aims to provide in full.

franco berardi bifo


Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2001 18:41:48 -0800
Subject: 20010505


  13 track ep
  Available at cipher, o-o institutio media

  "When we listen to electronic music we can sometimes identify the
  software that was used to create it - we 'hear' the original
  programmer's code" - HACKING SOUND IN CONTEXT, Alex McLean

  20010505, 13 track electroacoustic ep from the group Slub, comprised
  of two digital artists Alex McLean and Adrian Ward. Alex McLean is
  well-known  for his artworks produced by placing computers under high
  load. Ade Ward is famous for his Auto-Illustrator software -- a
  satiric remake of the  commercial vector-graphic program Adobe
  Illustrator -- which was awarded the artistic software award at the
  2001 Transmediale Festival in Berlin.

  20010505. 13 track ep made up entirely of material generated using
  hand-crafted Macintosh and Unix applications. The tracks are
  compilations of artificial harmony fully composed by man himself from
  wetware to hardware. A hymn of praise to electronics, fulfilled with
  machine-generated and muddled sounds, with different sonic threads
  reminding one of the noise of factories and the live electric tingle
  of ambient. There is no chance to relax. Despite this, one can slide
  into the beauty of transcendence or the beauty of melancholy. The
  sounds sometime are very similar to the rhythmic aspirations of the
  organ -- slow transitions from one measure or tone to another making
  the music over-real. Is it a challenge to music or is it simply the
  electronic music of this time? Probably both, because it is impossible
  for ones soul to reject what one may hear. The result is a rich,
  multilayered sound; fully controlled, but unpredictable to the point
  that every performance is different. 13 track electroacoustic ep.

  Available at cipher, o-o institutio media


Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2001 13:27:34 +0100
From: "Reinhold Grether" <>
Subject: Geert Lovink Web Archive

Even nettimers may be aware of Geert Lovink, a - in his
own words - "founder of numerous Internet initiatives".

Lovink just launched one of this initiatives, an up-to-date
web archive with a wealth of his own writings.
< >

Introducing his site Lovink comments:

"The archive contains material as of early 1998 until the present,
where the site, at that time maintained
by Walter van der Cruijsen and me, stopped. I will be updating
this archive regularly, and I will be publishing all my recent works
here, including items not found elsewhere."

There is also a small
audio <> and
foto section <>

Enjoy a multitude of texts on a distinguished interface
communicating the intention of a web-based text archive.
< >


Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 21:00:42 -0500
Subject: christmas special --- buy one get one free

seasons greetings,

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Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2001 20:25:15 +0100
From: "Garrett Lynch" <>
Subject: new work 'Mailstory' / nouveau travail 'Mailstory'


Hello everyone

Some new(ish) work online (actually old work redone for the internet). A 
sound piece entitled "Mailstory" which is featured in the newly relaunched

the review and link to the work, can be found by going to x-posed > gallery 
 > mailstory or directly ...

and the work can be found at ...



Salut tous

Nouveau travail (en fete travail re-fait pour l'internet) en son avec le nom 
"Mailstory" qui est choisi pour le galerie, a le tout nouveau

le revue et lien a le travail, peut ete trouve a x-posed > gallery > 
mailstory ou directement ...

et le travail peut ete trouve a ...


Garrett Lynch



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