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Vuk Cosic, Ljubljana    :  Classics of, book series
Vuk Cosic, Ljubljana    :  Grant Program for
Secesssion, Vienna      :  Cities on the Move, Contemporary Asian Art 
Robin Hammam, Liverpool :  Call for Papers - Cybersociology Magazine
Dade Fasic, London      :  NPU Derive, Vagando Prima Dell'Alba 


Date: Wed, 22 Oct 1997 16:28:54 -0700


It iw with pleasure and delight that we are finaly able to introduce our
new publishing initiative. The creative team of, together
with unselfish colleagues from www in general have completed the first
group of four titles in our new books series "Classics of".

Further information can be obtained at:



Date: Wed, 22 Oct 1997 16:43:40 -0700

announces a grant program for

It is with pleasure and honour that we are announcing this grant
program, focused on supporting the development of
endeavours by

further info at:



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Date: Thu, 23 Oct 97 12:37:18 +0100


"Contemporary Asian Art on the turn of the 21st century"

curated by Hou Hanru and Hans-Ulrich Obrist

Vienna Secession
26.11.1997, 18.1.1998

Provisional list of artists:
Abrahamaiani (Bandung/Bangkok), Nobuyoshi Araki (Tokyo), Duangrit Bunnag
(Bangkok), Cai Guo Qiang (Guangzhou/New York), Yung Ho Chang (Beijing),
Chen Shaoxiong (Guangzhou), Chen Zhen (Shanghai/Paris), Chi Ti-Nan
(Taipei), Choi Jeong Hwa (Seoul), Charles Correa (Bombay), Heri Dono
(Jogyakarta), Edge-Michael Chan/Gary Chang (Hong Kong)), Geng Jianyi
(Hangzhou), Simryn Gill (Kuala Lumpur/Sydney), Hanayo (Tokyo), Itsuko
Hasegawa (Tokyo), David d'Heilly (Tokyo), Herzog & De Meuron (Basel), Oscar
Ho (Hong Kong), Richard Ho (Singapore), Ho Siu Kee (Hong Kong), Tao Ho
(Hong Kong), Takashi Homma (Tokyo), Huang Yong Ping (Xiamen/Paris), Huang
Chin-Ho (Taichung), Arata Isozaki (Tokyo), Toyo Ito (Tokyo), Sumet Jumsai
(Bangkok), Chitti Kasemkitvata (Bangkok), Yukinori Kikutake (Tokyo), Jinai
Kim (Seoul), Soo-Ja Kim (Seoul), Yun-Tae Kim (Seoul), Takeshi Kitano
(Tokyo), Aglaia Konrad (Vienna/Brussels), Koo Jeong-A (Seoul/Paris), Rem
Koolhaas (Rotterdam), Kisho Kurokawa (Tokyo), Surasi Kusolwong (Bangkok),
Lee Bul (Seoul), Liang Juhui (Guangzhou), Liew Kung Yu (Kuala Lumpur),
William Lim (Singapore), Lin Yi Lin (Guangzhou), Liu Thai Ker (Singapore),
Greg Lynn (LA?), Ken Lum (Vancouver), Fumihiko Maki (Tokyo),  Fiona
Meadows/Frederic Nantois (Paris), Soo-Jo Minn (Seoul), Rudi Molacek
(Luzern), Mariko Mori (Tokyo/New York), Takashi Murakami (Tokyo), Matthew
Ngui (Singapore), Tsuvoshi Ozawa (Tokyo), Ellen Pau (Hong Kong), Navin
Rawanchaikul (Bangkok), Rikrit Tiravanija (Bangkok/New York), Kazuo Sejima
(Tokyo), Seung H-Sang (Seoul), Shen Yuan (Fuzhou/Paris), Shi Yong
(Shanghai), Judy Freya Sibayan (Manila), Marintan Sirait /Andar Manik
(Bandung), Yukata Sone (Tokyo), Sarah Sze (New York), Aaron Tan (Hong
Kong), Fiona Tan (Jakarta/Amsterdam), Kay Ngee Tan (Singapore), Takahiro
Tanaka (Tokyo), Tay Kheng Soon (Singapore), Chandraguptha Tenuwara
(Colombo),  Rikrit Tiravanija (Bangkok/New York), Tsang Tsou-choi (Hong
Kong), Wang Du (Guangzhou/Paris), Wang Jianwei (Beijing), Jun-Jieh Wang
(Taipei), Wong Hoy Cheong (Kuala Lumpur), Wong Kar-Wai (Hong Kong), Wong &
Ouyang associated (Hong Kong), Xu Tan (Guangzhou), Riken Yamamoto (Tokyo),
Miwa Yanagi (Tokyo), Ken Yeang (Kuala Lumpur), Yin Xiuzhen (Beijing), Zhan
Wang (Beijing), Zhang Peili (Hangzhou), Zhang Yuan (Beijing), Zheng Guo Gu
(Guangzhou), Zhou Tiehai (Shanghai), Zhu Jia (Beijing)

"An increasing number of cities are on the move <AD> everything is in a state
of perpetual change. Economic, social, political and cultural life develops
at breakneck speed. This kind of progress has produced new hybrid forms of
Urban diffusion and density, improvised cities, the mobile city, post-urban
city, Glux City, Sim City, Fragmented City and threatening "social
decadence" that Itsuko Hasegwa describes critically in the wake of
and belongs to the city. He mentions a new pervasiveness that includes
landscape, park, industry, rust belt, parking lot, housing tract, single
family house, desert, airport, beach, river, sky, slope, even downtown ...
This topic constitutes the theme of the exhibition CITIES ON THE MOVE which
Hou Hanru and Hans-Ulrich Obrist have conceived for the Vienna Secession
(November 1997), and whose key cities are: Bangkok, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Hong
Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Osaka, Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai, Shen
Zhen, Singapore, Tokyo, ..."  (Hans-Ulrich Obrist)

The urban explosion in Asia is generating a great number of new Global
Cities. These new global cities represent the erection of new economic,
cultural and even political powers which are bringing about a new world
order and new visions of our planet in the coming century. Apart from
classical characteristics of global cities, such as being active elements
of the world market and communication, various and multicultural urban
culture, 'internationalized' modes of life, inter-connectivity, etc.
these new, Non-Western global cities also have their own specific
characteristics: their own cultural traditions, historical backgrounds,
which are mostly connected with the Colonial past and neo-colonial present,
and hence new claims for developments. But, the most important is that,
with their specific legacies, they become a new and original spaces in
which new visions and understandings of Modernity, and new possibilities of
'Utopian/dystopian' imaginations, can be elaborated and invented. It is
certainly one of the most decisive factors of the global mutation that we
are experiencing at the turn of the millenium.
Several generations of artists, architects, urban planners, film makers and
intellectuals from Asia have been contributing inventively to the formation
of such new urban visions. They represent a raising force in the
restructuring of our global urban/cultural order. An exhibition which
presents such a new force in a Western context today, is not only necessary
but also essential since the East and West are approaching each other
unprecedentedly in the process of Globalisation. It is also particularly
significant to celebrate the Centenary of the Vienna Secession with such an
event before touring to several international institutions of contemporary
art and architecture. (Hou Hanru)

Please contact Baerbel Holaus (tel. +43 1 587 53 07-10, fax +43 1 587 53
07-34, e-mail: for further information, press and
photographic material. Guided tours through the building every Sunday at 11
a.m. (available in either German, English, French or Italian on request).


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Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 14:06:27 +0100

Call for Papers - Cybersociology Magazine
Topic: Virtual Communities - Deadline: 10 Nov. 1997.

        The term "community" has dozens of definitions in both common usage
and in the social sciences. Value judgements as to what the aspects of
community are have made consensus upon one definition for the term
impossible to reach. Even the Oxford Dictionary of Sociology states that
"the ambiguities of the term community make any wholly coherent
sociological definition of communities, and hence the scope and limits for
their empirical study, impossible to achieve." (p.75) What does some clear
to me after reading several studies of "community" is that the term almost
always has good connotations.
        Howard Rheingold's "A Slice of My Life in My Virtual Community." in
Ludlow, Peter (Ed.)  High Noon on the Electronic Frontier: Conceptual
Issues in Cyberspace. (Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 1996. 413 - 436.) is a
good starting point for any sociological investigation of online
communities. Rheingold was probably the first to write of the existence of
online communities, saying that "Virtual communities are cultural
aggregations that emerge when enough people bump into each other often
enough in cyberspace." (413) Rheingold goes on to say that members of
virtual communities do everything that others do in the physical world, but
do so using text on computer screens.
        Rheingold, like most modern cultural critics, argues that the
development of virtual communities is "in part a response to the hunger for
community that has followed the disintegration of traditional communities
around the world." (418) This disintegration of traditional communities has
been argued since Victorian times and the evidence of it is all around us.
Very few of us living today know our neighbours very well or have more than
one or two friends who we feel very emotionally close with. We work too
hard, move home too often, and fear the unknown too much to join others in
the building of communities in our physical realm. Thus it should not seem
at all surprising that many of us who have access to computer technologies
relative safety of cyberspace. Online community building is an easy
alternative to the discomfort often felt when we attempt to build off-line
        Many others have followed Rheingold's lead and investigated the
existence of virtual communities. Most of these studies note that off-line
and online communities share of number of aspects including: belief among
community participants that they are members of a community,
distinguishable borders around the community to help demonstrate who is in
and who is out, means for the exclusion of outsiders, the socialisation of
newcomers to community norms, and the existence of rules governing
behaviour within the community. Whether one believes that online aggregates
of people are truly communities is largely a matter of which value
judgements we place on the term, and which aspects of "community" we feel
are most important.
        There is probably no answer to the problems social scientists have
been having in our use of the term community and perhaps we should stop
using the term in a scientific way altogether to avoid confusion. Until
this time, it will be useful for those of us interested in the study of
close-knit groups of people on the Internet to determine if these "virtual
communities" are qualitatively different to communities in the physical
world. Are online friendships as solid and as long lasting as off-line
ones? Are virtual communities more likely to be  governed by consensus than
they are by a hierarchy of power like is seen in most off-line communities?
Do online communities have any relevance outside of their membership - in
other words, can they make a difference other than within the lives of
their members as one expects communities in the physical world to do? Are
lurkers, those who watch the goings on in a virtual community more or less
likely than their physical community counterpart (the homeless, non-voters)
to be completely ignored? There are many important questions about virtual
communities which have yet to be satisfactorily explored. Cyberspace is
rapidly developing and changing: if we don't start our work on these
questions now we risk missing our only chance to do so.

        If you have done research on any of the issues above,
Cybersociology Magazine would like to hear from you! Issue two of the
magazine is on the topic of Virtual Communities. We will give first
consideration to articles and papers written by post-graduate students and
undergrads, but will also consider the work of members of academic staff,
and professional researchers. The deadline for submissions is 10 November,
1997. Reply to this email for more details.

Robin Hamman
Cyberspace Researcher and PhD Candidate
Department of Communication Studies
University of Liverpool (UK)

Visit my Cybersoc website: Resources for the social scientific study of
cyberspace and online communities at

Be sure to visit the new Cybersociology Magazine while you are there : ).


Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 15:03:23 +0100

Please circulate as wide as you can, sorry if you get this more than once.
Testo italiano a seguito.


This Saturday, 25th of October 1997, I will be drifting through Nottingham
just before dawn breaks, between 5 and 6 AM (GMT) in the morning.
Guide me, tell me where to go, ask me what I see, send your comments and
requests live to the web page below or phone me on the mobile.
I will constantly be in contact with the site and I'll send instant replies.
Photos and audio excerpts of the derive will be on-line after 7 o'clock.

Please log on to:
or phone +44 (0)468456338
between 5 and 6 AM GMT (UK)
this Saturday, 25th of October 1997

Dade Fasic
Nottingham Psychogeographical Unit

"We are bored in the cities, there is no longer any Temple of the Sun"



Questo Sabato, 25 Ottobre 1997, saro' alla deriva in Nottingham appena prima
dell'alba, fra le 6 e le 7 del mattino (Central European Time).
Guidami, chiedemi cosa vedo, manda commenti e richieste dal vivo dalla pagina
Web della performance o telefonami. Mandero' repliche istantanee.
Foto e suoni della deriva saranno in linea dopo le sette.

Mettiti in contatto:
telefono: +44 (0)468456338
fra le 6 e le 7 CET (Francia, Italia) ovvero fra le
5 e le 6 GMT (UK) questo sabato, 25 Ottobre 1997

Dade Fasic
Nottingham Psychogeographical Unit

"Ci annoiamo nelle citta', non c'e piu' alcun Tempio del Sole"


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