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   ephemera vol 2, no 1 (feb 2002)                                                 
     "Steffen G. Bohm" <>                                      

   book launch party: bush/elections/enron                                         
     "iara lee / caipirinha" <>                                  

   Donald Cameron: Evolution, memes and values (publication)                       
     geert <>                                                         

   Everything You Know Is Wrong                                                    
     "The Disinformation Company" <>                                

   roy ascott: new journal --technoetic arts--                                     
     "geert" <>                                                       

   Really Appalling Home Decor Pay Site - need content                             
     "Lachlan Brown" <>                                            

   the commoner update                                                             
     "Massimo De Angelis" <> (by way of richard barbrook)  

   FW: CHArt 2002 - CALL FOR PAPERS                                                
     "Forced Entertainment - Tim" <>                                 

   Buchneuerscheinung ueber Herbert Marcuse und kapitalistische Krise                                                     

   New manual on street law-type teaching clinics (fwd)                            
     Heiko Recktenwald <>                                 

   ( ( ( NORADIO ) ) )                                                             
     "noweb" <>                                                        

   An interview with Paul Seesaquasis about the Canada Council's Spoken and Electro
     Jim Andrews <>                                                     

   Films by Guy Debord                                                             
     "Bureau of Public Secrets" <>                                     


Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2002 17:58:16 -0000
From: "Steffen G. Bohm" <>
Subject: ephemera vol 2, no 1 (feb 2002)


Issue 2(1) of 'ephemera: critical dialogues on organization' has just been published:


volume 2, number 1 (february 2002)


Vorsprung durch Technik?
Chris Land and Steffen Böhm


Life Between Faces
René ten Bos and Ruud Kaulingfreks

Information and Communication Technology and the Excess(es) of
Information: An Introduction to Georges Bataille’s General Economy
Alexander Styhre


Pretty Ugly: Notes On the Moral Economy of Method
Alf Rehn

Leadership in the Shadow of ‘9/11’
Gary Gemmill

How to do Fieldwork with Ample Philosophical Headroom.
An Obituary for Pierre Bourdieu
Søren Buhl Pedersen


Technical Questions: A Review of Key Works on the Question Of Technology
André Spicer

Critical Recipes
Elisabeth M. Wilson

On Anti-modernism and Managerial Pseudo-liberalism
Thomas Armbrüster


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Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 17:07:32 -0600
From: "iara lee / caipirinha" <>
Subject: book launch party: bush/elections/enron

... if in nyc april 1st, please join author GREG PALAST to discuss
the truths about globalization, corporate cons, and high finance.
working towards participatory democracy...

iara lee/
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how george bush stole the election and gave the country to enron


please join author/ bbc reporter GREG PALAST to discuss the truths about
globalization, corporate cons, and high finance.

award-winning investigative journalist GREG PALAST has exposed some of the
most egregious cases of political corruption, corporate fraud, and
financial manipulation, globally. his uncanny investigative skills, his
ability to dig deep as well as his acerbic wit and no-holds-barred style
have made him a living legend among his colleagues and his devoted
readership, worldwide.

also discussion + showing of excerpts from the film "counting on
democracy" by danny schechter (global vision/

date: monday 4/1/2002
time: 7pm
venue: walker stage
address: 56 walker street, 2 blocks south of canal, btw broadway and
N,R to canal St to enter from broadway side
A,C to canal St. to enter from church St. side

admission: $5
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Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2002 07:20:04 +1100
From: geert <>
Subject: Donald Cameron: Evolution, memes and values (publication)

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From: "Donald Cameron" <>
Sent: Monday, March 25, 2002 4:44 AM
Subject: Evolution, memes and values

> I thought you might find some interest in my recent book which explores
> implications of evolution for the prospects of a scientific theory of
> and ethics.
> Details are on the MSWord document attached or on
> Best Regards
> Donald Cameron

Woodhill Publishing
3 The Knoll, Portishead, Bristol,  BS20 7NU

                             NEW BOOK NEWS

The Purpose of Life by Donald Cameron (2001)

The Purpose of Life is a non-mystical approach to the problem of moral
philosophy derived with the aid of current ideas in biology and mathematical
decision theory. Dr Cameron makes the ambitious claim to give a solution,
which appears, for the first time, to provide objective answers to questions
of value and ethics.

Statements about value, purpose or morality are fundamentally different from
statements about fact and scientific attempts to prove them from premises of
fact must fail. The philosophers' principle that you cannot derive an
 "ought" from an "is" is valid. A value conclusion cannot be drawn from
premises consisting only of facts: there must be at least one value premise.

This result has been used by philosophers as a licence to pull complex value
statements out of their culturally conditioned feelings before applying
reasoning to them. The author uses a different approach. That is to seek the
most basic, self-evident axioms of value. He chooses (a) to wish not to hold
contradictory beliefs about values, (b) to reject nihilism (the idea that
nothing matters at all) and (c) to wish one's values not to be a result of
random accidental events, but to have some source of information.

The only source of non-random information, which has created human values,
including the human instinct to build an ethical culture, is the force of
natural selection. The fact of evolution and, in particular, the modern
analyses of the evolution of altruism and social behaviour are essential to
understand any philosophy of values. It is astonishing that so many
investigators of ethics have felt able to ignore them.

>From these simple starting points, every question of value and ethics can be
answered without making any further value assumptions. The results are
elegantly free of  "fuzzy edges" and surprisingly close to traditional
common sense, yet they indicate a few exceptions which are food for thought.
The claim is so ambitious that many will seek to refute it and the layout is
designed to make it convenient to attempt this. All that is necessary to do
so is set out in the Summary of the Main Argument (pages 9 to 17 of the
book) which is reproduced, with other information, in our web site at  Comment is invited.


Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 09:05:03 -0500
From: "The Disinformation Company" <>
Subject: Everything You Know Is Wrong

New York, NY – The Disinformation Company announces the second of its
Disinformation Guide series of books, "Everything You Know Is Wrong: The
Disinformation Guide To Secrets And Lies". Due for publication in June
2002, a very limited number of advance copies are available for review.

Beginning where its overwhelmingly popular predecessor - "You Are Being
Lied To: The Disinformation Guide to Media Distortion, Historical
Whitewashes and Cultural Myths" – left off, editor Russ Kick has once
again assembled an amazing group of investigative journalists,
researchers, commentators, dissidents, and academics, who peel back
consensus reality and show us what’s really happening. The book contains
hard, documented evidence--including revelations never before
published--on the most powerful institutions and controversial topics in
the world.

·	Investigative reporter Greg Palast exposes the dark side of
globalization with exclusive leaked documents from the International
Monetary Fund.
·	Nuclear safety engineer David Lochbaum blows the whistle on unpublicized
accidents and near-misses at nuclear power plants.
·	Guardian reporter Rory Carroll uncovers new information on the serial
killing case that inspired the creation of Hannibal Lecter.
·	Attorney Jonathan Levy reveals the sordid history of the Vatican Bank.
·	Sports professor Helen Lenskyj examines the sleaze behind the Olympic
·	Private investigator Brad Shellady reveals previously unknown facts
about Henry Lee Lucas, who claimed to be the most prolific serial killer
in history.
·	John Taylor Gatto, New York Teacher of the Year for 1991, unearths the
disturbing roots of the educational system.
·	High Times editor Peter Gorman provides first-hand reporting of the
US-backed secret drug war in South America.
·	Former police chief Joseph D. McNamara discloses the existence of gangs
of renegade cops in every major city.
·	Editor Russ Kick reveals eyewitness testimony of multiple attackers at
the Columbine massacre, including a sketch of a third suspect (published
here for the first time).

You’ll also read what you’re not supposed to know about Votescam 2000, the
pharmaceutical industry, domestic violence, the disabled, toxic TV, drug
treatment programs, India’s untouchables, the European Union, China’s
efforts to surpass the US as a superpower, mental illness, women and
religion, eating meat, PanAm 103, the Ludlow massacre, pornography and
prostitution, anti-racist “watchdog” groups, and much, much more.

Among the contributors: Naomi Klein * Arianna Huffington * Howard Zinn *
Paul Krassner * Howard Bloom * Noreena Hertz * Thomas Szasz * William Blum
* Tristan Taormino * James Ridgeway * Jonathan Vankin * Kalle Lasn *
Lindsay Jenkins * Peter Breggin, MD * Mike Males * Lucy Gwin * Wendy
McElroy * Annie Laurie Gaylor * Richard Metzger * Douglas Valentine *
Philip W. Cook *

"You Are Being Lied To", the first book in the series, is in its fifth
printing within a year and continues to gain ground on bestseller lists.
>From a standing start by a brand new publisher, the Disinformation Guide
concept has been increasingly widely recognized:

"Editor Russ Kick, a Village Voice columnist, has collected essays from
writers across the political spectrum offering an interpretation of recent
events that is often counter to that of the mainstream media. Taken as a
whole, this anthology represents an instruction manual in how to "read"
the news." – Publishers Weekly

"Are you concerned about politics, the environment, religion, history? Do
you think that CNN and Morning Edition are not giving you the full story?
The authors start with the premise that you are being lied to (often by
omission), and offer this tome as a corrective. The book is hefty,
offering nearly 400 pages of Zinn, Chomsky, and many others." – Book Sense
76 List, November/December 2001.

Sales have accompanied the critical recognition. Virgin’s Martin Quinn,
buyer for all 19 Megastores, reports that YABLT is “one of our
bestsellers” and he has been unable to keep the book in stock nationwide.
Erik Johnson at Los Angeles’ Book Soup says, “We literally cannot keep it
on the shelves here,” a sentiment echoed at stores nationwide.
Expectations for EYKIW are accordingly high and The Disinformation Company
and distributor Consortium Book Sales & Distribution will be making the
book a top priority for Spring 2002.

Presales are already very strong and due to its success with YABLT,
Quality Paperback Bookclub will market EYKIW as a QPB Main Selection.

The Disinformation Company President, Gary Baddeley, commented on the new
book, "When we decided to expand our activities to include book publishing
I had no idea that within a year it would become one of the most important
areas of our business. The public’s appetite for the Disinformation Guides
has amazed all of us and we aim to stoke the fire with some unbelievable
revelations in EYKIW.” He added that despite worries that the September
11, 2001 terrorist attacks would quell the appeal of
anti-establishmentarian fare, quite the opposite appears to have been the

For more information or to interview "Everything You Know Is Wrong"’s
editor, Russ Kick: (212) 529 2330 (tel.), (212) 387 8152 (fax) or

About The Disinformation Company

As well as owning and operating the Web’s leading alternative culture
site, Disinformation (, The Disinformation Company is the
producer of the TV series "Disinformation", and, with joint venture
partner Loud Records/Sony Music, has released the definitive Moog Rock
album Best of Moog.

"Everything You Know Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide To Secrets And
Edited by Russ Kick
Published by The Disinformation Company
Oversized softcover (9”x11”) * 352 pp * US$24.95 * ISBN 0-9713942-0-2
Release date: June 3, 2002
Distributed to the Trade in the US & Canada by Consortium Book Sales &
Distribution; in the UK & Europe by Turnaround Publisher Services

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Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2002 09:04:11 +1100
From: "geert" <>
Subject: roy ascott: new journal --technoetic arts--

Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2002 4:47 AM
Subject: new journal: technoetic arts

technoetic arts
an international journal of speculative research

edited by Roy Ascott

Editorial Advisory Board

Annick Bureaud, Observatoire Leonardo des arts et des technosciences, Paris
Oron Catts, SymbioticA, University of Western Australia, Perth
Mohammed Aziz Chafchaouni, Foundation Al Andalus, Rabat
Monika Fleischmann, Fraunhofer Institut Medienkommunikation, Bonn
James K. Gimzewski, California NanoSystems Institute, UCLA
Steve Grand, Cyberlife Research, Shipham
Piet Hut, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Eduardo Kac, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Pierre Levy, University of Ottawa
Luis Eduardo Luna, Center for the Study of Psychointegrator Plants,
Visionary Art and Consciousness, Florianoplos.
Ryohei Nakatsu, ATR Media Integration & Communications Research
Laboratories, Kyoto
Marcos Novak, Architect Los Angeles
Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta,   ASA Art and Technology, Lisbon /São Paulo
Edward Shanken, ISIS Research Center, Duke University, North Carolina
Neil Spiller, Bartlett Faculty of Built Environment, University College
Barbara Maria Stafford, Department of Art History, University of Chicago
Evan Thompson, Department of Philosophy, York University, Toronto
Victoria Vesna, Design|Media Arts, UCLA
Stephen Wilson, Conceptual/Information Arts, San Francisco State University
Won-Kon YI, Dankook University, Seoul

This peer-reviewed journal presents the cutting edge of ideas, projects and
practices arising from the confluence of art, science, technology and
consciousness research. It has a special interest in matters of mind and the
extension of the senses through technologies of cognition and perception. It
documents accounts of transdisciplinary research, collaboration and
innovation in the design, theory and production of new systems and
structures for life in the 21st century, while inviting a re-evaluation of
older worldviews, esoteric knowledge and arcane cultural practices.
Artificial life, the promise of nanotechnology, the ecology of mixed reality
environments, the reach of telematic media, and the effect generally of a
post-biological culture on human values and identity, are issues central to
the journal's focus.

Contributions may be between 3000 and 7000 words
and should be accessible to the non-specialist reader.
Editor's email:
Author's guidelines are to be seen at:

Intellect Books
PO Box 862, Bristol BS99 1DE, England


Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2002 09:23:21 -0500
From: "Lachlan Brown" <>
Subject: Really Appalling Home Decor Pay Site - need content


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domestic interiors focusing upon appalling taste in decor, despite the
beautiful aesthetic qualities of digital web cam. It will be an
adult-internet-researcher-only pay site. intended to raise consciousness
among American Internet researchers as to some urgent social and cultural
implications of their area of study, and extra-curricula activities, as
well as encourage people to help me develop a rationale and mandate for an
alternative in scholarship, a Commonwealth and European Association of
Internet Research, focussing upon social and cultural impacts, including
but not solely devoted to the folkloric aspects of the marvellous
imagination of Oxford Scholar in Old English, JRR Tolkien.

    Please forward examples to



Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 22:46:29 +0000
From: "Massimo De Angelis" <> (by way of richard barbrook)
Subject: the commoner update



 George Caffentzis. In the US, Dreaming of Iraq. Preface 2002: The
Political Economy of  "the War on Terrorism"


Peter  Waterman. The Still Unconsummated  Marriage of International
Unionism and the Global Justice Movement. A Labor  Report on the World
Social Forum, Porto Alegre

The Leeds May Day Group. Anti-Capitalist Movements.

dEbAtE: on primitive  accumulation

 We publish the  first two contributions of a debate on the concept of
"primitive accumulation"  .  Following our publication of a special issue
of The Commoner on  new and old enclosures (The Commoner, N. 2, September
2002) Paul Zarembka sent  us a critical article. Werner Bonefeld offers the
first reply. We hope more  people will join in.

Paul Zarembka. Primitive  Accumulation in Marxism, Historical or
Trans-historical Separation from Means of  Production?

Werner Bonefeld. History and Social Constitution: Primitive Accumulation
is not Primitive.


Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2002 19:33:17 +0000
From: "Forced Entertainment - Tim" <>
Subject: FW: CHArt 2002 - CALL FOR PAPERS

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Reply-To: HAZEL L GARDINER <hazel.gardiner@COURTAULD.AC.UK>
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2002 14:44:58 +0000
Subject: CHArt 2002 - CALL FOR PAPERS


 CHArt Conference 2002

 Digital Art History? Exploring Practice in a Network Society.

 The British Academy, London; 14-15 November 2002.

 Following the success of last year's conference, CHArt is
 returning to the theme of Digital Art History, this time
 adding a question mark! We are inviting further papers
 exploring developments, both in terms of innovation and of
 building on good practice.

 We welcome all relevant submissions, particularly in the
 following areas:

 a.. New Art Practice (Digital and Multimedia)
 b.. Technological frontiers - the latest imaging and
 visualisation innovations relevant to art practice, study
 and conservation;
 c.. Curating digital collections and curating collections digitally;
 d.. Teaching methods and resources;
 e.. Digital archiving and putting archives and
 other resources online.

 Please email submissions (two hundred word synopses of proposed paper with
 CV of presenter and other key figures relevant to project) by 28
 May 2002 to;
 Prof. Will Vaughan, History of Art, Birkbeck, University
 of London, 43  Gordon Square London WC1H OPD, UK. Tel
 (0)207 631 6127; fax (0)207 631 6107


Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2002 22:14:12 +0100
Subject: Buchneuerscheinung ueber Herbert Marcuse und kapitalistische Krise

[this message is forwarded to various mailinglists, sorry for crosspostings]

Christian Fuchs
 Krise und Kritik in der Informationsgesellschaft.
Arbeiten ueber Herbert Marcuse, kapitalistische Entwicklung und
Soziale Selbstorganisation im informationsgesellschaftlichen Kapitalismus,
Teil 2
ISBN 3–8311–3332–8. Libri Books on Demand. 408 Seiten. 27 Euro

Infos (Inhalt, Vorwort etc.)

Eine Arbeit ueber die Krise des Kapitalismus, die Aktualitaet des Denkens
Herbert Marcuses und die Bedingungen von Gesellschaftskritik heute

In welcher Gesellschaft leben wir? Wie haben sich die Bedingungen fuer
Gesellschaftskritik gewandelt? Warum erleben wir eine seit mehr als 25
Jahren andauernde allgemeine Krise? Wie wird die Gesellschaft in einigen
Jahrzehnten aussehen? Gibt es Auswege aus der Krise, die eine nachhaltige
Entwicklung einleiten?

Teil 1 dieses Buches beschaeftigt sich in einigen Aufsaetzen mit der
Aktualitaet des Denken des Philosophen und Gesellschaftskritikers Herbert
Marcuse. Insbesondere Visionen einer besseren Gesellschaft und die Betonung
der Notwendigkeit des aktiven, selbstorganisierten Handelns der Menschen
gegen alle Formen der Unterdrueckung sind Ideen Marcuses, denen heute fuer
die Loesung der grossen gesellschaftlichen Probleme besondere Bedeutung

Teil 2 diskutiert aktuelle gesellschaftliche Veraenderungen und die Krise
der bestehenden Gesellschaftsformation. Dazu werden verschiedene
krisentheoretische Ansaetze vorgestellt (Regulationstheorie, marxistische
Krisentheorie, Neoschumpterismus) und ihre Erklaerungen geprueft. Des
weiteren wird ein allgemeines Modell entwickelt, dass die kapitalistische
Gesellschaftsformation als antagonistisches, krisenhaftes, komplexes System
begreift. Mit dessen Hilfe wird die anhaltende Gesellschaftskrise erklaert.

Die Entwicklung der modernen Gesellschaft hat an einen Punkt gefuehrt, in
dem die Ambivalenz einerseits grosser Risiken (Zerstoerung der Menschheit
etc.), andererseits grosser Chancen auf positive, progressive Veraenderungen
besteht. Die weitere Entwicklung ist offen, ist aber insbesondere davon
abhaengig, ob es den Menschen gelingt, aus der anhaltenden Verwaltung des
Denkens auszubrechen und ihre Selbstorganisationspotentiale zu

Noch erhaeltlich ist der erste Teil dieser Arbeit: Soziale
Selbstorganisation im informationsgesellschaftlichen Kapitalismus
Herbert Marcuse Internet Archive:


Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 15:24:59 +0100 (CET)
From: Heiko Recktenwald <>
Subject: New manual on street law-type teaching clinics (fwd)

Maybe somebody is interested. Btw, who are HREA and COLPI ?
Who is "Street Law, Inc." ?? 



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Dear list members,

The "Manual on Street Law-Type Teaching Clinics at Law Faculties", written
by Felisa Tibbitts of HREA and distributed by the Constitutional and Legal
Policy Institute (COLPI) in Budapest, is now available in English and
Russian. The manual was developed by HREA in cooperation with Street Law,
Inc., an international NGO dedicated to educating young people about law,
human rights and democracy.

The 92-page manual draws heavily from experiences in Central and Eastern
Europe and the former Soviet Union in providing practical suggestions for
setting up a teaching clinic at law schools, where law students teach
everyday law to the public. These clinics typically have a human rights
education component. The manual was written for law faculty and others
interested to initiate a programme.

The chapters are:
1. Using this manual
2. Origins of street law-type teaching clinics
3. Key issues for law school teaching programs
4. Rationales for street law-type teaching clinics
5. Administrative structures of teaching clinics
6. Partnerships with the community
7. Development of syllabus and lessons
8. Supervision and evaluation within the program
9. Funding and sustainability of the program
10. Additional resources and contact information

Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is an international 
non-governmental organisation that supports human rights learning; the 
training of activists and professionals; the development of educational 
materials and programming; and community-building through on-line 
technologies. COLPI is the legal reform support program of the Open Society 
Institute. The agency operates programs in Central and Eastern Europe, 
Central Asia, and Mongolia that aim to strengthen the rule of law, respect 
for human rights, and modern democratic institutions.

For further information and to access the full-text English language
version of the manual, please visit:

Best regards,



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Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2002 15:45:33 -0800
From: Jim Andrews <>
Subject: An interview with Paul Seesaquasis about the Canada Council's Spoken and Electronic Words Program


An interview by Jim Andrews with Paul Seesaquasis, Writing and Publishing Section Officer of the
Canada Council. The interview outlines the Canada Council's Spoken and Electronic Words program
that awards grants to Canadian artists and encourages them to apply.

What is the Spoken and Electronic Words program at the Canada Council, Paul?

It's a relatively new program - in existence since 1999 - that supports innovative literary
projects that are not based on conventional book or magazine formats. This is a diverse
program - eligible projects include literary performance, rap poetry, storytelling and poetry
videos - as well as digital literary creation such as web sites and CD-ROMs. To apply to the
program an artist needs to be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada; the program
does support collaborative projects between, say, a Canadian artist and an American, as long as
the application comes from the Canadian artist.

Grant amounts range from $1,000 to $20,000 and are for creation, production, performance, or
dissemination of the literary creation. It is an annual program, meaning it has one deadline per
year - June 01, 2002 is the next - and applications are downloadable off the Canada Council web
site ( Applications to the Spoken and Electronic Words program are
submitted to a peer assessment committee comprised of spoken and electronic word artists who are
not applying. Based upon their assessment of each project and the budget available, grants are
awarded. The success rate is roughly one in four applications.

I should also mention that for digital literary projects, priority is given to projects that
involve literary innovation and a creative use of the medium.

If an artist is interested in applying to the program, I suggest they call me (or Carole Boucher
for French language projects). As a program officer I am here to answer questions regarding the
program. My number at the Canada Council is 1-800-263-5588, ext. 5482 or e-mail at

Electronic and spoken word projects tend to be very different from one another. Does the same
jury work on both types of projects?

There is quite a difference between spoken word projects and electronic words projects. Spoken
Word projects are most often focussed on literary performance or recording literary work onto CD
or CD-ROM. In contrast, electronic words projects are digital in nature, have a high integration
of technology and art, and there is often an element of experimentation in them. For this
reason, in the English language competition, there are now seperate peer assessment committees
for electronic and spoken words.

What are the elements of a good proposal to your program? I realize that you have covered that,
to some extent, in what you've said above. But are there some general categories, including
things like a budget, proposed venues for the finished project, and other elements not directly
concerning the nature of the work itself, that are important?

And how about the discussion in the proposal of the work itself--what sort of topics should be
addressed? I think a lot of artists lack a sense of what a good proposal should cover.

Describe what you want to do. Present your plan in such a way that someone who has never heard
of you can understand your vision. Pass it on to a friend for a read and listen to your friend -
if something doesn't make sense to him or her, it likely won't make sense to the jury (peer
assessment committee). Write about how you intend to organize your time to carry out the
project. Present your plan clearly and succinctly, allowing the peer assessment committee to
grasp the nature, intent and relevance of your project in relation to your artistic approach.
State what you will accomplish with the grant. Remember, you are writing for artists who work in
electronic literature.

The peer assessment committees appreciate clear and concise résumés. List the locations and
dates of a) your art training (professional experience, university, college, or workshops,
etc.), and b) your professional public presentations (exhibitions, screenings, publications,
etc.). Clearly indicate the relevant information for the digital works that you have created in
your professional (non-student) art practice. You may wish to include other activities relevant
to your artistic practice, or activities that demonstrate the recognition of your peers. Make
sure your résumé does not exceed three pages, and that the most recent activities are listed
first. Remember that information that does not relate to your career as an artist is not

The support material you should submit should reflect the nature of your artistic work. Insure
that you have clearly indentified what you want to be seen - for instance, if it a web site,
include a path of direction so that the peer assessment committee sees exactly what you want
them to see. Also, if at all possible, enclose a copy of your site on CD-ROM - in case your site
happens to be down on the day of the jury. Remember that the peer assessment committees have a
limited time in which to study each grant application so don't expect them to spend hours
searching through your work.

Your budget should be clear as to what expenses you are requesting and those items should be
necessary to complete your project. Subsistence costs are fine but cannot exceed $2000 per
month. You do not need to include quotes or receipts, but remember that the peer assessment
committee will have experience in costing so your numbers should be accurate. Purchases of
software or other items must be absolutely necessary for your work. Do not expect the peer
assessment committee to support "buying a new computer" or something that vague. Finally, if you
have other sources of revenue - including in-kind, donations or coporate/private/public support
do include that in your budget.

I imagine that some people might tend to put in great proposals but when you compare the
proposal with the previous work, they don't fit together? Does that happen much?

Yes it does happen. It's important to be realistic in your project and impress upon the peer
assessment committee that you are fully capable of fulfilling your goals. Your previous work
should inspire confidence in the committee that your work is capable of progressing to the stage
that you are proposing. A "great leap forward" may be met with skepticism by the committee. And,
as always, bear in mind that the electronic word competition is very competitive so put your
best foot forward, so to speak, but do not try and do a long jump.

Yet the Electronic and Spoken Word program puts an emphasis on innovation. So that's a tough
one, because if you're going to be innovative, that requires a long jump, so that unless you
have a history of innovation, or have gone very far over a few years, it would be natural for a
jury to be skeptical that you are going to do it now. In such case, I suppose there are various
ways to support one's claims. Like if you're in mid air, send a photo?

A good point. If you are in mid-air show it. In the end it may not turn out exactly as you
envisioned but you can show, at least, that you have done the training to get there. The program
welcomes innovation but there are two important points you need to convey to the committee. The
first is your project desciption and that you have a clear idea of your project and are able to
explain clearly and, ideally, excite the committee about it. Also, if you have a demo or
prototype or whatever you want to call it ready to show then the committee gets a better sense
of what the end result may be.

Thanks, Paul.


Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 11:45:56 -0800
From: "Bureau of Public Secrets" <>
Subject: Films by Guy Debord

After being withheld from circulation for 17 years, all six of Guy Debord's
films were screened at the 2001 Venice Film Festival and it was announced
that they would all be made generally available again in spring 2002. The
opening is now scheduled for April 9-11 in Paris.

Ken Knabb has been asked by Alice Debord to make a new English translation
of Debord's complete filmscripts. This translation will be used for
subtitling, and will also be published in book form. If all goes well it is
likely that subtitled versions of all the films will be available within the
next year or so.

Meanwhile, you can find out more about Debord's films at:
(soundtracks of two of the shorter films)
(on his film adaptation of his book "The Society of the Spectacle")
(filmography and latest news)

* * *

The Bureau of Public Secrets website features numerous texts by and about
Guy Debord and other members of the Situationist International, the
notorious avant-garde group that helped trigger the May 1968 revolt in

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