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1...Phil Agre.............Politics of technology and the Internet
2...Australian Network....1998 National Summer School
                          in Perth, Australia
3...Simon Mills...........trAce: call for submissions
4...färgfabriken..........symposium: shaking hands & making conflicts
                          Färgfabriken, 98.04.23-26
5...Matt release
6...Hans-Cees Speel.......CFP / Memetic Symposium
                          Namur (B), 98.08.24-28
7...Pit Schultz...........Alexander Brener did it again
8...Jay Ruby..............CFP / Media, Democracy and the
                          Public Sphere
                          San Francisco, 98.06.11-14
9...Micz Flor.............REVOLTING - media lab in Manchester
10..Johnson James Alan....Fax art event
11..Eric Prigent..........The anniversary of art
                          London - ICA - 98.02.02


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[I disagree with Declan about an awful lot, but fight-censorship was a
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Date: Tue, 6 Jan 1998 17:14:34 -0800 (PST)
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Subject: FC: MAILING LIST CHANGE -- "politech" created

It's official: fight-censorship-announce has retired for good.

Taking its place is "politech," a moderated mailing list devoted to the
politics of technology and the Internet. What is the role of Washington,
DC and other governments in a digital age?

The scope may be broader, but the types of messages you'll see here will
be mostly the same. Excerpts from Netly News stories, speeches, wire
reports, policy papers, and posts from other mailing lists.

Likely topics will include all sorts of regulation: privacy, censorship,
copyright, domain names, encryption, anonymity, antitrust, and Internet
governance. What the White House, Congress, and other governments are
doing. And, of course, more on Microsoft and its legal battles.

It was time to retire the old list, which has been around in one form or
another since 1994. The announce list originally focused exclusively on
free speech, first on college campuses and then on the Communications
Decency Act. But as the Internet exploded, so did government interest in
regulating more than just online "indecency."

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Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 15:30:49 +0100
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*******   The Australian Network for Art & Technology Announces   *******


15 artists from across Australia have been selected to participate in the
1998 National Summer School in Internet Design and  Web Authoring,
coordinated by the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) at the
IMAGO Multimedia Centre/ Film and Television Institute Digital Arts Studio
in Fremantle, WA from 13-31 January.

Keith Armstrong, Brisbane, QLD
Isabelle Delmotte ,Sydney, NSW
Leah Irving, Perth, WA
Robyn Backen, Sydney, NSW
Joy Hardman, Alice Springs, NT
Jun-ann Lam, Melbourne, VIC
Di Ball, Brisbane, QLD
Timothy Hancox, Brisbane, WA
Brian Martin, Hobart, TAS
Lisa Beilby, Darwin, NT
Simone Hockley, Adelaide, SA
Paul Thomas, Perth, WA
Tim Burns, Perth WA
Teri Hoskin, Adelaide, SA
Trevor van Weeren, Darwin, NT

ANAT has been at the forefront of the movement to position artists as
active participants in the 'information age'.  Since 1989 ANAT has
coordinated eight national summer schools around Australia, becoming a
crucial aspect of ANAT's objective to advocate and promote artists'
interaction with art, technology and science.  The Summer School is unique
in that it is the only intensive training program in Australia designed
specifically for artists. Providing critical training and the catalyst for
significant creative breakthroughs for the likes of Stelarc, Paula Dawson
and Joyce Hinterding, the school has "become something of a rite of passage
for Australian artists working in this field" Jon McCormack, former tutor
of the school.

The Ninth National Summer School provides artists with unique opportunities
to upskill in an area of growing importance to both art and industry - the
internet.  With the internet presenting artists with not only a powerful
resource tool, but an important space for exhibiting, ANAT's Summer School
is timed crucially to allow Australian artists to accrue the necessary
skills to excel in this expanding area.

Skilling artists in all aspects of interactive multimedia production not
only provides artists with new tools to develop their own art practice, it
also creates an increasing pool of highly employable creative artists for
the multimedia industry.  "The 1998 ANAT National Summer School will
operate like a masterclass for experienced artists working across all
artform disciplines providing a deeply immersive learning environment.  The
School has provided the catalyst for profound conceptual shifts and
directions in practice for participating artists, many of whom are now
highly respected within the Australian and international electronic
artworld, and within the multimedia industry," says ANAT Director Amanda
McDonald Crowley.

In a vivid example of the cultural significance of the Summer School, last
year's students have continued to work together under the collective name,
nervous_objects, receiving critical acclaim for their totally networked
synaesthetic environments, including Lingua Elettrica, exhibited at
Sydney's Artspace.  Demonstrating that Australian artists continue to earn
the respect of their international colleagues with the quality and
innovation of their work, nervous_objects presented a web performance last
September at the world's foremost symposium for electronic art, ISEA,
becoming the latest in a long line of Australians recognised with
invitations to present at prestigious events such as SIGGRAPH, Ars
Electronica, and London's Institute of Contemporary Art programs.

With an eye toward ensuring the Summer School remains current and tailored
specifically for artists, ANAT have selected three of Australia's leading
new media artists as this year's tutors.  Renowned cyberfeminist artist,
Francesca da Rimini, joins pioneering digital media specialists Lloyd Sharp
and John Tonkin, forming a team who fully comprehend artists' desire to
'bend' technological tools to achieve their artistic goals.

To culturally contextualise the school, a satellite event combining a forum
with an open day of the school, will give the public and media an
opportunity to view the work-in-progress produced by the students.
Including presentations by some of Australia's most innovative media
artists, the forum will also feature Kathy Bowry, a new media legal
specialist, who will focus on internet ethics.

The National Summer School is supported by: the Queensland Government's
Office of Arts and Cultural Development through Queensland Artworker's
Alliance; the New South Wales Film and Television Office; the Minister for
Education and the Arts through Arts Tasmania, South Australian Government
through Arts SA, and the Federal Government through the Australia Council,
its arts funding and advisory body.  This year's school has also received
support from the state based multimedia centres: IMAGO in WA, eMerge in
Victoria and QANTM in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

For further information or interviews, please contact:
Amanda McDonald Crowley, 0419 829 313

postal address: PO Box 8029 Hindley Street, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia
web address:
telephone:  +61 (0)8-8231-9037
fax:   +61 (0)8-8211-7323
Director: Amanda McDonald Crowley   (tel: 0419 829 313)
Administration & Information Officer: Honor Harger
Web & Program Officer:  Martin Thompson

Memberships: $A10 (unwaged), $A20 (waged), $A40 (institutions)

ANAT receives support from The Australia Council, the Federal
Government's arts funding and advisory body


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Date: Sun, 11 Jan 1998 17:00:26 -0500
From: simon mills <>
Subject: [via SPOON ANN]  call for submissions (fwd)
                     A Journal of
               Culture & Technology
Status: RO

frAme is a new on-line journal publishing work focussing on the core area
of the inter-relation between culture and technology.

frAme will feature critical essays, digital artwork/multimedia, interviews
with artists/musicians/writers etc, reviews of techno-cultural artefacts,
and writing relevant to this area.

The journal is connected to the trAce International Online Writing
Community ( based at The Nottingham Trent

Submissions for the first edition are being accepted now through February
7th, 1998.
All submissions must be previously unpublished and a payment of Thirty
Pounds Sterling will be made for those used.

Those interested in submitting work might like to point their browsers at
a former incarnation of frAme. The reason for this is that the trAce
project has just been awarded a large amount of funding and is expanding
and relaunching.

Simon Mills
Dept of English & Media Studies,
Faculty of Humanities,
The Nottingham Trent University,
Clifton Lane,
NG11 8NS.



FREEBASE: The Journal of Culture and Technology.

trAce: International Writing Community



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a symposium on the role of culture in a new world order

- local differences in the encounter with the dream of global sameness
- exploring mental luggage in the age of transformation
- culture in the name of democracy: dialogue and conflicts


The Shaking Hamds and Making Conflicts syposium will be held at
Färgfabriken, Centre for Contemporary Art and Architecture, April 23rd -
26th, 1998. It is produced on the initiative of Färgfabriken and The
Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the
Ministry of Culture and the Swedish Institute. It will be held in the
installation/ theatre play "Dabloids", by the Russian artist Leonid

"The Dabloids are a sort of symbol for each person's mental
luggage", says the Russian artist Leonid Tishkov. They are shaped like
slightly elongated red feet, because they have grown out of the earth
they have wandered upon. We carry them with us, under our arms or over
our shoulders, wherever we go and whoever we meet. Some of our Dabloids
are global, some local, and others are regional. Dabloids gather
together our ideas and symbols; Clinton, Jeltsin and Persson rub
shoulders with McDonalds and Christ - or whatever our particular notion
may be.They vary from person to person, but also from region to region,
>from country to country, from continent to continent. Language meets
society, history meets the present. Dabloids make us aware of
differences and similarities, of what is personal and what is commonly
held, of interpretations and contexts. They are a good starting point
for discussions about dialogue,culture, politics and language in our
fast-changing world.

On the threshold of the third millennium we can see that we have
already entered a new system - a global community witha globalised
economy. Capital and goods are not the only things to move freely
between different nations and parts of the world; values, languages and
ideas are part of a steadily growing global exchange.
        The world is becoming more and more closely-knit. It is
happening fast and through various media; by means of non-material
technology like computer and telephone networks; by means of political
structures like the EU and NATO; by means of physical constructions like
the bridge connecting Sweden and Denmark, or the Channel Tunnel between
England and France. Structures are established and expanded, national
boundaries are broken up, but at the same time a lack of substance, of
content,  is revealed. A 'value-vacuum' is growing alongside
globalisation. Quite simply, it seems to be easier for economies and
states to make contact and shake hands, than it is for languages, mental
luggage and philosophies.
        The very principle of our time seems to be change,
transformation, movement; what does this imply for concepts that have
formerly been clear-cut and easily understood - concepts such as
culture, identity, language, roots? Can these concepts acquire a
mobility that corresponds with the world's as a whole? Are they doomed
to nostalgia and marginalisation? Or is that just where their strength
        Many would say that Western societies have  marginalised art
during the twentieth century, and that now, after the break-up of the
Soviet empire,  the same thing is happening at an accelerated rate in
reforming countries. Yet  more and more politicians and major
entrepreneurs are turning to culture as a value-creating asset. A
delicate and complicated situation is growing whereby culture is
becoming a diplomatic and economic tool - and at the same time a mobile
force striving for freedom within the global economic community. The
symposium Shaking hands and Making Conflicts aims to discuus culture's
position and possibilities, starting with its own immediate area, the
Baltic Sea region, but placed in a global context.
There are no unambiguous answers, no clear-cut concepts. On the
contrary, we wish to use the notions of mobility and transformation as
the starting point for our discussions.

                Shaking Hands and Making Conflicts proposes to set up an
unusually broad-based meeting, where not only representatives for
various countries can meet, but where what is already established  can
meet what is to come, where political discussion is related to art in
practice, and where the exchange of diplomatic views relates to various
local differences and conflicts. It is about historical roots, but also
about how these roots wander into the present, branch off onto new
paths, meet and collide at crossroads  - and are recreated.
What are the values, mental luggage and languages that we carry with us
when we meet beyond national boundaries?

Some of the issues we would like to shed light on:

About official and unofficial art. Art as bearer of ideology, and as a
resistance movement.
Can culture co-operate with power? Can art serve the community?
Culture's relation to power, under a dictatorship and in a democracy.
How do art and culture relate to the idea that the West is colonising
the rest of the world?
About culture as diplomacy, as a tool for power, and as a creator of
Are power and the media the same thing?

The changed status of language in our time.
Origin and  levelling: are there differences between local, global and
regional languages?
Shall we all speak bad English?
Deformed language - words which propoganda has rendered unusable -
tools lost for the building of democracy.
After fifty years as an occupying force - when will Russian once more
become a language for general use?
Freedom of speech as a way to individual and national self-esteem.
Language as  sexwar.
Has language become an international supermarket, where we pick and
choose between images, words and messages?
Does intellectual language have a future? If so, what kind?

Sychronicity: the break-up of the Soviet empire: economic crisis in the
West, and the dismantling of the welfare state.
About how we deal with a lost security, an emerging confusion.
About the conditions for culture in the East, the West, the world.
About the Moral Parliament, or the Art for Art's sake?
About our concept of  the other person: fear and/or exploitation for the
benefit of the media.

Does the artist bear a responsibility for democracy? And vice-versa?
About the artist as a reflection of reality: the Analyst? the Visionary?
About a growing 'value-vacuum' in the wake of globalisation: should art
New forms of communication - for whose benefit?

we are now preparing a tabloid with texts and images that will be
published prior to the symposium. We have invited some contributors and
are now looking for more. Please contact us at Färgfabriken,
+46-8-645 07 07, fax +46-8-645 50 30


From: "Matt Locke" <>
To: "'announcer'" <>
Subject: press release
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 1998 17:32:23 -0000
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Press Release

Prince Andrew misses Exhibition on the plight of the Kurdish people

Last Friday, January 9th, Prince Andrew was due to visit Impressions
Gallery, York, to launch Photo 98, The Year of Photography and the
Electronic Image, and to be shown around the exhibition Kurdistan: In the
Shadow of History  in the company of its curator, Magnum photographer Susan
Meiselas. Meiselas has spent the last six years researching an archive of
photos, texts and memories recording the historical plight of the Kurds,
and their struggle to establish a homeland in the disputed territories
around the borders of Turkey and Iran

However, Prince Andrew was recalled for one hour by the Ministry of Defence
early Friday morning to perform duties in his capacity as Lieutenant
Commander in the Royal Navy's Directorate of Naval Operations. This caused
the Prince to catch a later train to York, thus missing the press
conference due to be held in the exhibition at Impressions. The Duke of
York was still able to attend all his other appointments, including a
hastily re-scheduled launch for Photo 98 at a luncheon in York's Mansion

The exhibition opens at a time of renewed European interest in the Kurdish
situation, as Italy has faced harsh criticism from Germany and other
signatories of the Shengen agreement for their decision to grant asylum to
some of the 1,200 Kurdish refugees who have arrived on Italy's southern
coast over the New Year. Some EU countries are worried that, despite
Italian reassurances of increased border security, the aim of some refugees
is to seek refuge outside of Italy.

Germany's Interior Minister, Manfred Kanther, told German Radio that those
on the edge of the Schengen zone had a particular responsibility. "The
Schengen agreement [on relaxed border controls between mainland European
countries] must be upheld and for that reason the Italians must step up
their efforts a great deal," he said. Germany is already home to around
half a million Kurdish refugees, the largest concentration of such refugees
in Europe.

Turkey has been criticised by EU countries for its human rights record in
the disputed territories, with frequent skirmishes between PKK (Kurdish
Workers Party) guerillas and Turkish government troops. More than 30,000
civilians, troops and freedom fighters have died since fighting started in

Turkey has also been at odds with the EU since the union last month put on
hold Turkey's decades-old bid to join the bloc. "There is without doubt a
link between the most recent exodus and the failed admission of Turkey to
the European Union," said Semsi Kilic, European representative of the
National Liberation Front of Kurdistan (ERNK).

Following the recent inauguration of Britain's EU presidency, Tony Blair
and European Commission Jacques Santer said they would jointly present
proposals to EU foreign ministers at the end of the month to help Italy
cope with the influx of Kurdish refugees, and to prevent any uncontrolled
flow of refugees into other EU countries. Tony Blair promised "intensive
diplomacy" to repair EU ties with Turkey, stressing "the tremendous sense
that we want Turkey to be part of the family of Europe". This follows
recent complaints from Turkey's foreign ministry spokesman about comments
by Britain's Foreign Minister, Robin Cook.

The spokesman said Cook had told BBC television in an interview that
Turkey's Eastern border was "not one that's very clear, even perhaps to the
Turkish government at times." Turkish and British officials said the
comment appeared to be a reference to the frequent Turkish military
incursions against Turkish Kurd rebels in a Kurdish enclave in Northern
Iraq. Cook also said there were serious reasons, such as human rights
concerns, why Turkey was not a "credible candidate" for European Union
membership, the spokesman said.

The exhibition Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History traces the 120-year
history of the Kurdish people and their attempts to establish a homeland.
The exhibition includes documentation from Kurdish refugees and communities
throughout the century, including rare photographs from the short-lived
Kurdish Republic of Mahabad taken in 1946.

Peter Warn, Chairman of Impressions Gallery, expressed his disappointment
at Prince Andrew's inability to visit the exhibition. "There must surely be
no better exhibition for a European to visit to discover the complex
realities of what it really means to be a citizen of the European Union,"
he said, "Unfortunately [Prince Andrew] became the victim of a last minute
re-scheduling of plans and was unable to experience 'first-hand' its power
and the uncomfortable truths within it".

Magnum Photographer Susan Meiselas, who curated the exhibition and
accompanying book over a period of six years of research in the region,
also expressed her regret. "[quote from susan]" The exhibition has proved
extremely popular, with visitors queuing at weekends to enter the gallery,
prompting the gallery to extend the exhibition's run until April 5th.


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Date: Tue, 13 Jan 1998 09:11:50 +0100
From: "Hans-Cees Speel" <> (by way of Andreas
Subject: CFP: Memetic Symposium
Status: RO

Please forward this message to relevant mailing lists and newsgroups.
We apologize for possible cross-postings.

                         CALL FOR PAPERS

     *                SYMPOSIUM on MEMETICS -                *

                        as part of the

            15th International Congress on Cybernetics
               NAMUR (Belgium), August 24-28, 1998


For up-to-date, hyperlinked information, check the symposium web page:


The "Journal of Memetics - Evolutionary Models of Information
(JOM-EMIT), in collaboration with the Principia Cybernetica Project,
is organizing a first symposium on memetics. The aim of the journal is
to integrate the different approaches inspired by memetics, and thus
try to establish memetics as a recognized scientific field. The
symposium similarly wishes to bring together all researchers working
on memetics, in order to allow them to meet face to face, thus
stimulating discussions and possible collaborations. The symposium is
chaired by two members of the Journal's editorial board, Francis
Heylighen and Mario Vaneechoutte. The emphasis will be on discussion,
rather than on formal presentation.


In 1976, Dawkins invented the word 'meme,' in analogy with the word
'gene', defining it as 'a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of
imitation'. Thus, he defined the field of memetics, which studies the
development and spread of culture and information, on the basis of the
Darwinian principles of variation, reproduction and natural selection.
Further information on memetics is available through the journal's web

The initial description of 'meme' by Dawkins is rather vague, which is
a possible reason for current diverging views on what a meme really
is, and how the memetic model can be used. We are confronted with an
avalanche of books, essays, and publications scattered over different
journals and disciplines, with dialogue flashing up here and there in
an unstructured manner. This chaos exists because a general framework
is lacking.

The journal of memetics, and the symposium it organizes, aims to
tackle this problem. We seek to discuss issues concerning memetics
such as:

* Mechanisms involved in evolutionary processes. Comparisons of
different models of evolution are especially welcome.
* Philosophical or theoretical issues concerning epistemology and
evolution * Boundaries of the evolutionary approach * Empirical
research * Fundamental approaches aiming at structuring the field of
memetics as a science


Prospective contributors are invited to submit a 1-page (about 2K)
abstract (preferably including references), along with the author's
name, postal and email address and affiliations. The submission should
be sent by email to the symposium chair, Mario Vaneechoutte
<>. The deadline for receiving submissions
is March 10, 1998.

The proposals will be refereed by the journal's review board. You will
be notified about the acceptance (or rejection) of your proposal as
soon as possible, but not later than March 31, 1998. If accepted, the
full text of the paper, which must not exceed 6 typed, single-spaced
pages, is to be sent by postal mail to the congress secretariat before
May 31, 1998.

All papers that are personally presented by the author at the
congress will be published in the congress Proceedings. The authors of
the best papers will be invited to publish an extended version in the
Journal of Memetics. Authors who already published a paper in the
Journal are encouraged to submit a shorter, updated version of their
paper for the Symposium. Researchers who cannot participate in the
symposium are still invited to directly submit a full paper for
publication in the Journal to the managing editor (see the information
for authors at

If you wish you can submit a maximum of two papers in different
symposia of the congress. Submissions for other symposia should be
sent directly to the congress secretariat before January 31, 1998.


The following contributions have already been proposed:

* F. Heylighen (Free Univ. of Brussels): What makes a meme successful?
Selection criteria for cultural evolution. * M. Vaneechoutte (Univ. of
Ghent): The replicator: a misnomer. Conceptual Implications for
genetics and memetics. * L. Gabora (UCLA): Memes and the Creative
Process. * H-C. Speel (Univ. of Delft): Why memes are also
interactors. * M. Best (MIT): Computational memetics: analysis and



The 15th International Congress on Cybernetics will be held from
August 24 to 28, 1998, in Namur (Belgium) at the Institute for
Computer Sciences of the University of Namur. The International
Congresses on Cybernetics are organized triannually (since 1956) by
the International Association for Cybernetics (IAC). The
interdisciplinary domain of cybernetics, which is closely related to
memetics, addresses subjects such as information, communication,
organization, intelligence, complex systems, and feedback loops.

The official languages of the Congress are English and French (the
memetics symposium will be exclusively in English).



-       ANDONIAN Greg (Canada)
        Architectural Computing and Networking : Perspectives on
and Globalisation

-       ANDREEWSKY Evelyne (France)
        NICOLLE Anne (France)
        Dcision et Langage - la dialectique du savoir et du dire -
Decision and Language; the Dialectic of Knowledge and Saying

-       BARANDOVSKA-FRANK Vera (Germany)
        Contributions de l'interlinguistique  la cyberntique de la
communication humaine - Contributions of Interlinguistics to Human
Communication Cybernetics

-       BETTA Jan (Poland)
        Gnie des systmes industriels : un champ nouveau d'applications
de l'approche systmique - Engineering of Industrial Systems : a new
Field of Applied Systemic Approach

-       BOUCHON-MEUNIER Bernadette (France)
        Fouille de donnes - Data Mining

-       BOYD Gary (Canada)
        ZEMAN Vladimir (Canada)
        The Cybernetics of Rational and Liberative Education

-       BRIER Soren (Denmark)
        Cybernetics and Semiotics : How can they supplement each other
in Life, Information and Social Sciences

-       CARON Armand (France)
        Les rseaux neuronaux, l'acquisition des connaissances et leurs
traitements - Neural Networks, Knowledge acquisition and processing

-       DUBOIS Daniel (Belgium)
        General Methods for Systems Modeling and Control

-       FOMICHOV Vladimir (Russia)
        Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science and Philosophy for
Social Progress

-       FRANK Helmar (Germany)
        Les media dits "modernes" en communication scientifique et
didactique - So-called "Modern" Media in Scientific and Didactic

        The Development of Artificial Entities: An Interdisciplinary
Approach toward the Understanding of Self Contained Systems

-       JDANKO Alexis (Israel)
        Essence and History of Cybernetics

-       JEAN Roger (Canada)
        Biomathmatique et/ou biologie thorique - Biomathematics and/or
Theoretical Biology

-       LASKER George (Canada)
        Synergistic Effects of Local and Global Developments on our
Lives and on our Future

-       MURPHY Dennis (Canada)
        NARANJO Michel (France)
        L'image  travers les rseaux et l'ducation  la citoyennet - The
Image through Networks and Education to Citizenship

-       NUNEZ E.A. (France)
        Functional Analogies between Biological, Social and

-       POLAKOVA Eva (Slovak Republik)
        Prospects and possibilities of objective international studies
of border disciplines in respect to anthropocybernetics

-       SCHWARZ Eric (Switzerland)
        Holistic Aspects of Systems Science

-       STEG Doreen (USA)
        Communication, Control and Organization in Complex Systems

-       WARBURTON Brian (U.K.)
        Information, Context, and Meaning



For further information about the memetics symposium, check the
web page (



Subject: Alexander Brener did it again
To:, (sandra fauconnier)
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 1998 00:16:46 +0100 (MET)
From: "Pit Schultz" <>
Mime-Version: 1.0
Status: RO

      In English:
              East Side Gallery over-paints

              Two internal message artists have several
              pictures of the East Side Galery with grey
              colour on Sunday over-old. The native Russian
              Alexander Brener and the Austrian Barbara Schurz
              thereupon arrested by the police because of
              damage. The two wanted to make with their
              internal message symbolically on the separation
              between east and west attentive.


              TAZ BERLIN No. 5429 of 12.01.1998 page 23 Berlin
              13 lines


      Auf Deutsch (Original text):
              East Side Gallery ueberpinselt

              Zwei Aktionskuenstler haben am Sonntag mehrere
              Bilder der East Side Galery mit grauer Farbe
              |bermalt. Der gebuertige Russe Alexander Brener
              und die Oesterreicherin Barbara Schurz wurden
              daraufhin von der Polizei wegen Sachbeschaedigung
              festgenommen. Die beiden wollten mit ihrer
              Aktion symbolisch auf die Trennung zwischen Ost
              und West aufmerksam machen.


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Date: Tue, 13 Jan 1998 05:55:23 -0500
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From: Jay Ruby <ruby@MICROSERVE.NET>
Subject: Call for Papers

The Union for Democratic Communications (UDC) invites participation in
its next international meeting, June 11-14, 1998, in San Francisco,
California, addressing the topic "Media, Democracy and the Public Sphere."

UDC welcomes papers, audiovisual works, panels, workshops and projects
that break with traditional, monological approaches, to promote dialogue
and interaction around questions of critical communications and media
activism, as suggested below.  Please send proposals for presentations
by no later than MARCH 1, 1998, to

        Prof. Bernadette Barker-Plummer
        1998 UDC Conference Chair
        Department of Communication
        University of San Francisco
        2130 Fulton Street
        San Francisco, CA 94117     email:

The UDC steering committee suggests the following perspectives on
the conference topic, "Media, Democracy and the Public Sphere":  the mass
media are flourishing today;  a democratic public sphere is not.  What,
then, are the possibilities of resolving the conflicts between
a "mass" media and a "democratic" public sphere?

Facets of this question which participants may wish to address include
the concept of "the public interest"; the role of public media systems in
the creation of a democratic public sphere; the role of media policy in
helping or hindering democracy; the role of media in (trans)national
"democratization" processes; the dissemination of radical claims through
alternative, community and mainstream media; the ways in which the
everyday media practices of the public help or hinder the creation of a
democratic public sphere; the education of media workers in the interest
of democracy; and the utilization of information technolgies for and
against democracy.

The host institution is arranging affordable conference housing on the
campus of the University of San Francisco, which, however, requires timely
registration.  Please send in your proposal early to faciliate
rapid notification of acceptances in early March!  The San Francisco host
committee is also scheduling plenary sessions with featured speakers and
joint evening outings into the city.  This promises to be an very engaged
and productive gathering of international media activists, practitioners,
theorists and historians. Please contact Prof. Barker-Plummer, conference
chair, with any questions:


From: micz flor <>
Subject: REVOLTING - media lab in Manchester
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Date: Wed, 14 Jan 1998 12:47:22 +0000
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[temporary media laboratory]
Manchester, UK; Aug/Sep '98

REVOLTING will bring together Activism, Art and Theory
concerned with media in a social and productive environment.
Throughout August and September '98 Manchester will offer
more or less informal locations providing a media workspace
(at Salford University) and social interfaces (in the
Greater Manchester Area) - as well as related events in
Manchester. This event/workspace will provide the
opportunity of lively exchange and collaboration, both in
the privacy of a dedicated environment and the mayhem of the
public arena.


Attempts to define 'the' revolution have failed to produce a
universal checklist of distinguishing characteristics. Where
does that then leave the 'Digital Revolution'? REVOLTING
replaces the handset on the master narrative and dials
again. Stepping outside the mere potential of 'revolutionary
technologies', REVOLTING shifts the focus to groups and
individuals within the field of media, who are applying
creative, challenging, tactical and innovative ways to make
the most of the 'revolting' circumstances we live in. We
don't want to define the Digital Revolution, we are
interested in knowing who attended!

Not understanding art as critical by 'nature', but stressing
the fact that it could well be critical by definition,
REVOLTING wants to focus on the overlap between cultural
production and cultural theory. We 'mind the gap' between
wanting to understand and being forced to act. REVOLTING
will provide the means of production as well as the social
setting within which to present the processes.


>From March 98, we hope to put in place a public access
server for the Greater Manchester Area. This server will
provide audio and video facilities and be devoted and linked
to many local initiatives and activities in the area. This
practise will also playfully explore the link-up of old and
new media. Currently Manchester has very limited
possibilities in terms of public access channels for radio
and TV - at the same time, Manchester has a lively scene of
pirate radio and video practise, which will be channelled
through the public access project. In collaboration with
these initiatives, REVOLTING will bring together local
activity and global discourse. For the period of August,
September 98 there will be a series of co-productions
between international guests and local projects, to produce
an ongoing archive of material, to test run concepts on the
web and to experiment with the interfacing of old and new


REVOLTING will also print a bi-monthly newspaper/letter, the
first issue to be published in March 98. This publication
understands itself as an intermediate balance sheet for the
off-line public and features information, opinionated
journalism and manifestos which address pressing economic,
political and cultural topics. As mentioned above, this
publication attempts to extend the possibilities of new
media by experimenting ways in which news groups, web pages
and mailing lists can alter the impact of print publications
- and vice versa... SEND YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS NOW.


REVOLTING hopes to amplify the close collaboration of the
temporary media laboratory with the community within which
it is situated. We also want to situate the media lab and
the social interfaces at two nearby but separate locations
to maintain a focused workspace while encouraging active
participation of the public at the other end. The public
interface will be equipped with sufficient access points,
computers and consumer electronics to produce material in
the semi-public environment as well as being a constantly
changing archive and social space.

The media lab (at Salford University) will be equipped with
extensive audio, video and internet facilities - as
Universities are. The 'social interface' (in Manchester)
will feature essential equipment: workstations, beams,
projectors and the obligatory sound system to allow anything
from focused presentation, screenings, via semi-public
debates, improvised exhibitions, spontaneous interviews, to
well earned leisure times.

At the same time, REVOLTING can be expanded into the city of
Manchester, using locations and facilities to screen movies,
celebrate, host presentations and stage demonstrations.
Being located in a lively city like Manchester - with its
strong profile of popular culture situated amongst the
archaeological relics of the industrial revolution - there
seems no need to implant an infrastructure which is already
available and extensively accepted. In this way we hope to
make the most of the city for what it was and is.


We want to encourage participation - remote and on-site. We
expect that the participants will all have enough social,
political and cultural commitment to use this space in a
tactical and productive manner. REVOLTING should be more
than an editorial office and more than the extension of your
working environment at home. REVOLTING wants to be an
experimental social interface to the many realities we will
bring to Manchester and to the ones already forming and
performing in the area.

Attention: this is all construction!

Watch your usual channels for further information...

[REVOLTING is currently in dialogue with Salford University;
Hypermedia Research Centre, Westminster University; Mute
Magazine; Hybrid WorkSpace; Telepolis; North West Arts
Board; Foundation for Art and Creative Technology]

Micz Flor (

[t/f]+44.171.7395331 [t]+44.161.2956157 [a]
[b] [c]
[q]"There is no administrative production of meaning."


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Subject: FAX ART EVENT/Please Post

Artists are invited to participate in a FAX Art Event in conjunction with
the exhibition Strong Words: Art, Text and Language.

Please send us, via FAX, art that relates words and images.  Art will be
exhibited January 22-25, 1998.

All art must be faxed to the Arvada Center for the Arts and
Humanities between 8:00AM January 21 and 10:00PM January 22, 1998.
(Mountain Daylight Time)

Limit: 5 pages

FAX to:  303-431-3965

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No fee

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The Fine Print:

Artists sending art by facsimile to the Arvada Center for possible
inclusion in the Fax Art Exhibition understand, acknowledge and agree to
the following:  1.)  The Arvada Center retains the right, at its sole
discretion, to determine which, if any, pieces of submitted artwork will
be exhibited during the exhibition, and to exhibit selected artwork at any
time and in any fashion or manner deemed reasonable by the Arvada Center.
2.) The Arvada Center shall not pay any Artist for the submission or
exhibition of any piece of art submitted pursuant to this solicitation,
nor shall artwork be returned to the Artist.  3.)  Artist represents and
warrants that submitted art is the Artist's original work.

Jim Johnson   Department of Fine Arts   University of Colorado at Boulder


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On January, 17th, 1963, artist Robert Filliou (1926-1987) declared that his
birthday would be the same day as the 1,000,000th Anniversary of Art.
Today, for celebrating the new year and as a tribute to this unlabelable,
multishapes and nomadic artist, the CICV Pierre Schaeffer (International
Center for Video Creation) and its whole team are glad to invite you for
the 1,000,035th Anniversary of Art, which will happen on Saturday, January,
17th, 1998, from 19:00 on, at the Eugène Peugeot Castle, in the French
village of  Hérimoncourt (Doubs).

more info at :

eric prigent
communication et développement

CICV Pierre Schaeffer Montbeliard Belfort
Tel 03 81 30 90 30
Fax 03 81 30 95 25

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Date: Thu, 15 Jan 1998 19:39:40 +0000
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