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From: waz@easynet.co.uk
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 09:44:42 +0100
Subject: Swallow #9 Plug! Swallow Plug #9!


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From: jasper@park.nl
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 16:41:53 +0100
Subject: PARK MUSEUM Invitation

We would like to invite you on the opening of Eddie D. in the PARK WWW MUSEUM.
The work 'Schlrp' of EddieD is exhibited from august 31 till september 6 in
and from september 7 till september 30 in the GIF DEPOT.

HOME: http://www.park.nl
PICT ARCHIVE: http://www.park.nl/museum
GIF DEPOT: http://www.park.nl/GiF

Amsterdam - Berlin - New York


Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 20:59:08 -0400
From: Dooley Le Cappellaine <dooley@thing.net>
Subject: Re: The Information

 "The Information":

The Exhibition is about APPARENTLY or SEEMING to give information, which is
actually motivated by the desire to sabotage; including hoaxes,  mind
games, frame-ups,
practical- jokes and  attempted murder.

If would you be interested. Send files up to 100k to dooley@thing.net.
Mail: floppy discs or CD Rom or Syquest discs (compatible with a 400MB
drive formatted for Mac) to
 Dooley Le Cappellaine 284 Mott Street #9K New York NY 10012.
Include return stamped self address envelope to send material back.

Ideally the works run in a 160 X 120 frame (to avoid loading multiple html
pages with shockwave or flash movies with the plugin delay)
Dooley Le Cappellaine



Phone and Fax (212) 966-3046


From: "www.vuk.org" <vuk@mordor.kud-fp.si>
Subject: ascii to speech


Official History of Net.art, Volume IV -
"ASCII History of Art for the Blind"
can be found at:



    Von: shedhalle@access.ch (Marion von Osten)
  Datum: 01.09.98, 08:10:01
Betreff: Border Economies Conference, Zurich

Conference: "Border Economies"
>from 23rd to 25th Oct '98
in the Shedhalle Zurich, Rote Fabrik, Seestrasse 395, 8038
Zurich, Tel. ++41 1 481 59 50, Fax ++41 1 481 59 51, email:
The "Border Economies" conference is part of the project
MoneyNations@access which take place from the 23rd of October to the 13th
of December in the Shedhalle Zurich. The conference will focus on the
actual economical background of the related pair racism and sexism. In the
conference, the circumstances of power and inequality will be examined in
the framework of the massive expansion of the EU borders and their
implications in new forms of exploitation in Eastern Europe. The conference
"Border Economies" will take place over three days, beginning on Friday
23rd Oct. 98 and ending on Sunday 25th Oct. 98.

The following is a draft of the conference program:
(there won't be many changes though)

Friday, 23rd October 1998
5 p.m.
Start of the project
6 p.m.
Introduction to the project and conference
6.30 p.m.
Beat Leuthard, (author of "Festung Europa" [Fortress Europe]),will present
the confused relationship between private economy (Siemens),and the
extension of border security in so-called transit countries (Latvia,
Ukraine, Poland).
7.30 p.m.
The campaign "Nobody Is Illegal"[Kein Mensch ist illegal] will be
presented. This campaign started on the occasion of Documenta X (Kassel,
Germany) and is run by anti-racist groups together with culture workers,
who organised activities and demonstrations in Goerlitz on the Polish
border, earlier this year.
8.30 p.m.
Lecture about the "Border Workshops" and activist artistic practice by the
American/Mexican artist Berta Jottar, who drew attention to racist and
sexist infringements by the United States.

Final discussion about border creation and resistance.

Saturday, 24th October 1998
Feminist perspectives will dominate this day. "Border Economies" will be
investigated with regard to the situation of migrants from Easten Europe
and their jobs as sex workers, cleaning or servant personnel, as well as
the subject of the expansion of the Eastern European countries as low-wage
nations, where mainly young women work as seamstresses for fashion
industry. Informal economies, such as the "Suitcase Economy", will be
discussed not only with regard to their patriarchal structures, but also to
their "border-crossing" and destructive effect on the hegemonic picture of
state and economy.

2 p.m.
A lecture is planned about sweat shops and the textile industry in
South-Eastern Europe (Albania, Bulgaria, Romania).
Followed by a discussion. (not confirmed).
3.30 p.m.
The Fraueninformationszentrum Zuerich (Women's Information Centre)
will discuss the situation of migrants from South-Eastern Europe, including
the topic of how much Switzerland profits from this informal sector.
5 p.m.
Dr Anna Wessely from Budapest presents the research project
"Shopping Tourism", which had been started by various scientists from
Central Europe in order to create a new system to valuate border trades.

Final Discussion about suitcase economy.

8 p.m.
A short film will be shown by a Hungarian director about young
Hungarian women, who work in French households as servants.
followed on by a documentary film about Polish builders in Berlin
(Potsdamer Platz)

Sunday, 25th October 1998
"Globalisation from Below?"
This day is dedicated to the question as to what extent the picture of
capital expansion (of the so-called free market) complies with the social
belief in democracy by civil society, and to what extent these beliefs are
maintained by social movements, and to whether the power relationships in
this capital expansion are being questioned at all.

12 noon
Presentation by two groups working in the field of tension between
resistance, NGOs and theory production.
On the one hand we'll introduce ASPEKTE, a feminist magazine project from
Bratislava, its theoretical and political approach and its experiences. The
position of an independent institution in the framework of the current
economic/social situation in Eastern Europe will be discussed: Whose work
is being done? Functions of the work process, i.e. proof-reading, editing,
authors, graphic design, etc? Is ASPEKTE being produced by full-time or
voluntary workers? Who finances it and who profits from it?
On the other hand we'll present RADEK, a Russian (art) magazine project
>from Moscow that defines itself as an activist group, criticising
Neo-Liberalism. Which approach do they choose to criticise, and which
political concept determines this independent institution? What's the aim
of the paper?
2.30 p.m.
An expert on Switzerland as a financial centre will give an
introduction to the consequences of transnational wealth accumulation.
(Not confirmed).
3.30 p.m.
Geert Lovink, media activist and political scientist from
Amsterdam, will discuss NGOs and civil society, and the function of George
Soros in Central and South-Eastern Europe.
5 p.m.
Final discussion about the function of art in the global market, as image
producer, as warrant for mobility, as normalisation trap, particularly in
the case of the Eastern European art. The following people are expected for
this discussion: Luchezar Boyardiev (Sofia), Iara Bubnova (Sofia/Moscow),
Oleg Kireev (Moscow), K3000/Peter Spillmann, Tibor Varnagy (Budapest) and
Shedhalle/Marion von Osten (facilitation). (Not finally confirmed).

The language for the conference will be English

Media Workshop from 26th to 31. Oct 1998 (not confirmed)

In the aftermath of the conference, a one-week radio, video and internet
workshop with media activists from former Yugoslavia is planned. The radio
stations LoRa and Klipp+Klang as well as the culture server k3000 and the
Medienhilfe are to be contributing to this event. Since the financing of
the event still isn't clear, we can only give information about our plans
at this stage.


Until now the following people have acted as correspondents for
MoneyNations@access: Iara Bubnova (Sofia/Moscow), Geert Lovink (Amsterdam),
Luchezar Boyadiev (Sofia), Guelsuen Karamustafa (Istanbul), Marion Baruch/
Name Diffusion (Paris/Milano,Rumania), Polnischer Sozialrat, Jochen Becker,
Dogfilm (Berlin), Dan&Lia Perjovschi (Bucharest), Peter Riedlinger, Natalie
Seitz, Sascha Roesler Marion von Osten (Zurich), ASPEKTE (Bratislava), Tibor
Varnagy, Susi Koltai, Edit Andras(Budapest),KTV 3000 (Zuerich), ABSOLUTNO,
TERRA (Novi Sad), Alain Kessi (Sofia/Zurich), Oleg Kireev/RADEK (Moscow),
SYNDICATE, Andreas Broekmann (Rotterdam), Blaz Habajan, Alenka Pirman
(Ljubliana), campaign "Nobody Is Illegal " [Kein Mensch ist illegal]
(Germany), Dr. Anna Wessely (Budapest), Medienhilfe Ex-Jugoslawien
(Zuerich), Mina Vuletic, B92 (Beograd), .

The correspondents will publish their contributions in the WebZine
www.moneynations.ch, or in the paper "the correspondent" that will result
>from it and produced during the show. Some of the correspondents will take
part with documentations and photoworks/installations in the exhibition or
contribute videos to MoneyNationsTV program. The net of correspondents is
constantly being extended.

Marion von Osten, Zurich August 1998


    Von: syndicate@ijt.cz (Syndicate)
  Datum: 01.09.98, 17:07:07
Betreff: Syndicate: Transitions September Reprint Syndicate

Welcome to TRANSITIONS' Article Reprint Syndicate. By
offering articles from our magazine--free of charge--to
local media in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central
Asia, we hope to create a forum where ideas and criticism on
political, economic, and cultural issues can be regularly
exchanged. The Article Reprint Syndicate provides local
newspapers, academic journals, and broadcasters with
viewpoints, analyses, and news from areas where they may not
have foreign correspondents or colleagues. Please tell your
colleagues in the media about this opportunity. For back issues of the
syndicate, as well as other valuable information on the region, go to our
website at: http://www.ijt.cz/transitions/

There is absolutely no fee for the reprint service, which now
reaches approximately 500 media organizations in more than
20 countries.

All publications are strongly encouraged to send us articles to
be distributed to other participants in the syndicate.

"TRANSITIONS: Changes in Post-Communist Societies" is a
monthly English-language magazine covering the ongoing
changes in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia.
With coverage extending to all 27 countries in the region,
TRANSITIONS has quickly become one of the most influential
and esteemed international publications, in both the East and
West. Based in Prague, Czech Republic, it is distributed in more
than 70 countries around the world. For subscriptions to the print
version of TRANSITIONS-including a special $29 yearly rate for students
and reduced rates for readers in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet
Union-write: transitions@ijt.cz

Below is a list and then summaries of the articles available for
reprint. All articles may be shortened to fit the needs of your
publication. If you are interested in reprinting any of the
articles, free of charge, please send an e-mail to:

The September issue of Transitions focuses on the lingering aftereffects
of Cold War espionage and the collaboration of huge numbers of people
in East  European security services. Among others, Adam Michnik, a
Polish journalist and one of the founders of the Solidarity movement,
looks at how the past continues to provoke fresh divisions and conflicts.

TRANSITIONS' Article Reprint Syndicate is proud to present-for the first
time this month-articles from "SREDA," an exciting, new monthly media
magazine, based in Moscow.


SPECIAL REPORT-Cold War espionage

1. Romania: "The Shadow of Securitate"
2. Czech Republic: "A Life in Controversy"
3. Poland: "Hero or Traitor?"


4. "The Canned USSR"
5. "Power Plays in the Provinces"
6. "Russians and the Crisis"*


7. General: "The Feeble Breath of Democracy"
8. Georgia: "Governmental Hara-Kiri"*
9. Armenia: "The Dictatorship In Democracy"*


10. General: "Vestiges of Visegrad"
11. Poland: "Look East, Face West"
12. Poland: "Redividing Poland"
13. Belarus: "Stabilization of Crime Announced"*
14. Slovakia: "Prime Crime Privatization"*


15. Croatia: "Stolen Cars in High Places"
16. Moldova: "Moldova Marks Rising Illiteracy"
17. FRY/Kosovo: "Learning to Live With Milosevic"
18. FRY/Kosovo: "Round Two: Serbian Security Forces"
19. FRY/Kosovo: "UCK's Fight to the End"*
20. Bosnia and Herzegovina: "A Chance for Change"*
21. Bulgaria: "Tourism Hampered by State Regulation"*


22. General: "Access Denied"
23. Moldova: "Cultural Awareness"
24. Poland: "Premature News?"
25. Poland: "President of the Republic vs. Journalists"*
26  Poland: "Capital, Monopolization, and Independent Local Press"*
27  Bosnia and Herzegovina: "Croatian Television Under Fire"*
28  Romania: "Journalists Sentenced to Prison Terms"*
29  Russia: "On the Virtues of the Krasnoyarsk Press" +
30. Russia: "Holland Is Tougher than Russia" +
31. Russia "The Price of TV Ratings"+
32. Russia: "How Many More Newspapers and Periodicals Can Moscow
33. Russia: "The State of the Media in the Chuvash Republic"+
34. Russia: "The Yellow Press Is Coming"+
35. Russia: "What's Good For GAZPROM is Good for Russia"+
36. Russia: "The New Religious Wars"+


37. "The Torments of Edvard Benes"


38. "Chemical Weapons Threaten Baltic Sea"
39. "Empire of Words"

* Articles from The Network of Independent Journalists of
Central and Eastern Europe (NIJ), run by the Croatian-based
STINA press agency. STINA also runs a weekly service,
allowing you to gain timely news of events in the region. To
subscribe to STINA's NIJ weekly service, send an e-mail to
Transitions or to stina@st.tel.hr

+ Articles from "SREDA." "SREDA" covers all dimensions of the mass
media in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States:
television, radio, print media, publishing, new communications media,
advertising, media studies, professional, political, legal, and economic
aspects, and consolidation of ownership. PLEASE NOTE: ALL ARTICLES
ARE IN RUSSIAN. For more information or to subscribe, write:


1. "The Shadow of Securitate" by Bianca Guruita (3046 words)

Romania's Securitate, the notorious secret police of Communist dictator
Nicolae Ceausescu, continues to cause personal pain and political turmoil
nine years after its abolition. The piece is accompanied by a short
interview with the prize-winning novelist Herta Mueller, who has
written about life under Ceausescu.

2. "A Life in Controversy" by Lawrence Weschler (1442 words)

New Foreign Minister Jan Kavan is a controversial figure who
continues to cause unease in the Czech Republic because of lingering
questions about his possible ties to the Communist secret police.

3. "Hero or Traitor?" by Adam Michnik (3244 words)

Ryszard Kuklinski, a top Polish military official who provided
confidential documents to the CIA during the Cold War, finally returned
home last spring. His homecoming provoked the question: can a spy be a

4. "The Canned USSR" by Marina Sergeeva (2660 words)

The veil of secrecy was lifted from Russia's nuclear cities five years ago.
But a reporter's visit to one of these formerly closed cities shows that
people continue to search for a future without the Bomb and remain
reluctant to let go of their fences.

5. "Power Plays in the Provinces" by Brian Whitmore (3038 words)

Russia's democracy creates local tsars, but St. Petersburg is trying to
make a clean break with the national trend. The author takes a close
look at Russia's regional fiefdoms.

6. "Russians And the Crisis" by Marija Bogatiryeva (827 words)

The economic crisis in Russia and devaluation of the ruble has sent
shock waves across the worlds' financial markets. But how is it affecting
Russian citizens, and how are they surviving the current upheavals?

7. "The Feeble Breath of Democracy" by Anthony Hyman (1732 words)

In Central Asia, the almost total isolation of the Soviet era has been
broken down, and the post-Soviet years have brought valuable exposure
to ideas from the outside world. But it would be unrealistic to expect any
rapid or straightforward transition to a democratic civil society.

8. "Governmental Hara-Kiri" by Ivlian Haindrava (1354 words)

Disaster struck in May, when with the connivance of the Russian peace-
keeping force, 30 000 Georgians were evicted from Abkhazia. The
Georgian government, losing the battle against corruption and the
country's increasing economic stagnation, now faces anti-reformist
forces that have gained new life from the crisis.

9. "The Dictatorship in Democracy" by Mikael Danielyan (1752 words)

What is happening in Armenia after the change of government? The
author looks at the murder of the attorney general and, more broadly, at
the virtual dictatorship masquerading as democracy.

10. "Vestiges of Visegrad" by Jeremy Druker (3293 words)

After five years of stagnation, politicians across Central Europe are
talking once again of a rebirth of regional cooperation. But what exists
behind all the grand pronouncements? The article is accompanied by a
1200-word sidebar by Luke Allnutt on the successes and failures of
various post-1989 organizations designed to promote regional

11. "Look East, Face West" by Tim Snyder (1673 words)

Poland's foreign policy is torn between its loyalties to its eastern
neighbors and its desire to join the European Union and the West.

12. "Redividing Poland" by Jan Maksymiuk (702 words)

Poland's controversial administrative reform finally passed through
parliament--due to rare cooperation between two of the country's
largest political forces.

13. "Stabilization of Crime Announced" by Paulyuk Bykowski (837

Crime is reportedly declining in Belarus. However, the number of
criminal activities reported is still so high that it is premature to speak
of a victory over lawbreaking.

14. "Prime Crime Privatization" by Zoltan Mikes (556 words)

The privatization process in Slovakia is often used by corrupt
authorities for their own political ends and intentions. The author
suggests similarities between the privatization policies of Meciar's
government and the Communist nationalization in 1948.

15. "Stolen Cars in High Places" by Drago Hedl (609 words)

A trail of black-market cars bought by the Herceg-Bosna Defense
Ministry may lead all the way to the office of Croatian President Franjo

16. "Moldova Marks Rising Illiteracy" by Boris Vieru (812 words)

Dire economic conditions in Moldova-which has prided itself on its high
literacy-are prompting more and more parents to keep their children
out of school.

17. "Learning to Live with Milosevic" by Jonathan Steele (1591 words)

Western leaders, when talking about Kosovo, are keen to say "no more
Bosnias." But what do they really mean, and what is the reality behind
the soundbite? The author looks at the role of the international
community in the crisis in Kosovo.

18. "Round Two: Serbian Security Forces" by Zoran Kusovac (1369 words)

After an initial show of strength, the Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK) has
lost much ground to the battle-hardened and better-equipped Serbian
security forces. But the UCK is not finished. It still has an ace up its
sleeve: classic, indiscriminate terrorism against civilian targets.

19. "UCK's Fight to the End" by Branka Vujnovic (1182 words)

An interview with Adem Demaqi, who was recently appointed the
political representative of the Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK). Demaqi
analyzes the situation in Kosovo and speaks of the new strategy and role
of the UCK.

20."A Chance for Change" by Radenko Udovicic (2154 words)

For the third time in just two years, voters will go to the polls in Bosnia
and Herzegovina. The significance of these elections, however, is
perhaps greater than before; under the conditions of what is now a
stable peace, those elected may have real possibilities to bring positive
change to the country.

21. "Tourism Hampered by State Regulation" by Kliment Trenkov (849

Bulgaria has shown that it has the potential to attract visitors and earn
significant revenue from its tourist industry. However, the process of
privatization in the industry is moving slowly and with great
difficulties; this may threaten its future success.

22. "Access Denied" by Jeremy Druker (2004 words)

In June, the Czech Senate rejected a revolutionary bill on freedom of
information that would have brought about greater governmental
transparency. At present, Hungary is the only country in the former
Soviet bloc where legislation has been enacted, although the efforts of
freedom-of-information advocates across the region are gaining
momentum. The piece is accompanied by two sidebars (740 words each)
by Luke Allnutt on freedom-of-information laws in the United States
and the European Union.

23. "Cultural Awareness" by Iulian Robu (955 words)

The decision by two Moldovan radio stations to devote much of their air
time to rebroadcasting programming from Russia has prompted
accusations that the stations have sold out Moldovan national interests
in favor of quick cash. But the issue points to a growing trend: to be
successful in Moldova, many stations feel they can't afford to ignore the
country's minorities.

24. "Premature News?" by Jeremy Druker (1166 words)

This summer, news spread quickly of the approaching launch of 'Radio
Free Belarus'-a Polish-based, Western-funded station aimed at
promoting democracy. But the story might have been premature, and
now some worry that projects with similar goals may have been harmed
before they have even begun.

25. "President of the Republic vs. Journalists" by Jacek Leski Jr. (1946

Polish journalist Jacek Leski Jr. describes his current trial, where he
and several colleagues at the newspaper "Zycie" face libel charges filed
by  Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski. "Zycie"  had suggested
that Kwasniewski was recently in contact with a Russian spy.

26. "Capital, Monopolization, and the Independent Local Press" by Anna
Hejman (3009 words)

What is the role of the independent press in Poland? The article looks at
the effect that increased foreign investment has had on the
independent media, and how some media have dealt with the stronger
emphasis on profits.

27. "Croatian Television Under Fire" by Radenko Udovicic (1557 words)

In the run-up to the elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the
international community has reprimanded Croatian state television for
interfering in the political campaign.

28. "Journalists Sentenced to Prison Terms" by Mona Dirtu (1508 words)

After being found guilty of libel, two Romanian journalists were
sentenced by a city court in Iasi to one year in prison and ordered to pay
a total of 1.5 billion lei (over $170,000) in damages. The trial raises
important issues--not just about the silencing of a free press, but also
about the deficiencies of the Romanian justice system.

29. "On the Virtues of the Krasnoyarsk Press" by Yuri Chigishev (1,851

A Krasnoyarsk journalist argues that in the recent gubernatorial
elections, Valerii Zubov, the incumbent, lost not so much to General
Alexander Lebed but because of his own servile press, which
squandered all credibility with the people.

30. "Holland Is Tougher than Russia" (877 words)

In an interview, Dutchman Derk Sauer, the CEO of Independent Media,
one of the strongest and most successful publishing groups operating in
Russia, claims that compared to his own country, Russia is a "golden
field" for commercial publishers.

31. "The Price of TV Ratings" (3,044 words)

In an interview, Elena Koneva, director general of COMCON-2, one of
Russia's leading media research and marketing firms, explains why the
current monopoly on ratings is dangerous for both the television and
advertising industries.

32. "How Many More Newspapers and Periodicals Can Moscow Sustain?"
by Andrei Fedotov (2,792 words)

Analysis of Moscow's overcrowded press market from the point of view
of its commercial viability. The article is supplemented by tables
containing data on the circulation and advertising revenues of Moscow-
based publications.

33. "The State of the Media in the Chuvash Republic" by Vladimir
Kissilev (3,121 words)

A look at the mass media landscape in a small autonomous republic in
the Volga region.

34. "The Yellow Press Is Coming" by Alexander Kupriyanov (2,257 words)

The editor of "Express Gazeta,"  one of Russia's most successful tabloids,
claims that the mainstream press is increasingly adopting the style of
yellow journalism.

35. "What's Good For GAZPROM Is Good for Russia" by Ivan Volodin (1,836

The gas giant seen through the prism of the Moscow press. GAZPROM is
portrayed as a pillar of Russian statehood, actively operating in the
external and internal policy-making of the state.

36. "The New Religious Wars" by Vladimir Sysoev (1,665 words)

In Russia, the media are used as a polemic weapon in the fight between
Orthodox traditionalists and modernists. The article is supplemented by
the Index of Clerical Censorship: a day-to-day monitor of attempts by
religious groups to infringe on freedom of the media.

37. "The Torments of Edvard Benes" by Elena Chinyaeva (2773 words)

A review of "The Life of Edvard Benes," a recent biography by Zbynek
Zeman and Antonin Klimek. Relying heavily on new archival sources,
the authors give the first comprehensive account of Benes's life against
a background of Czechoslovak international and domestic politics.

38. "Chemical Weapons Threaten Baltic Sea" by John Varoli (713 words)

World War II chemical weapons that were buried aboard ships now
rusting at the bottom of the Baltic Sea may be an ecological disaster
waiting to happen.

39. "Empire of Words" by Oleksandr Pavliuk (2495 words)

The Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) is a political success, but
practical results are almost nonexistent. Now, after six years of talks led
to the recent signing of the BSEC charter, the real work can finally

Jeremy Druker
Staff Writer/Syndicate Coordinator
Transitions magazine
Seifertova 47, 130 00 Praha 3
Czech Republic
420 2 627-9445, 627-9472, 627-9473
420 2 627-9444 (fax)


Date: 	Wed, 02 Sep 1998 06:32:34 +0200
From: stadtwerkstatt <gabriele.kepplinger@servus.at>
Subject: ClickScape98 - net-project by Stadtwerkstatt/Linz-Austria

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen!

I would like to inform you about the current Stadtwerkstatt project.

ClickScape98 - Views of Linz - Clickable Public Space

A large-scale communication sculpture controlled via the Internet
in the Danube area by the Nibelungen Bridge/Linz/Austria

28 August - 13 September 1998, daily from 9:00 p.m. to midnight (CET)

The Stadtwerkstatt (http://www.servus.at/stwst) transforms the Danube area
by the Nibelungen Bridge into a Clickable Public Space. Interventions can
be made in this public space via the world wide data networks.

Electronic visitors coming to Linz via the Internet have an opportunity to
transmit their visual, audible and text messages online as an intervention
in the urban landscape of Linz. Every mouse click has an effect in real
space. You will find the elements you need for operation at

Guests in the Danube area in the center of Linz experience live how the
lights of the EA Generali building go on and off, how acoustic greetings
cross the Nibelungen Bridge and messages from cyberspace scroll across the
electronic display on the Stadtwerkstatt house.

Please come and visit! You just need your computer and Netscape 3.0. (or
higher version)

greetings from Linz/Austria

Gabriele Kepplinger

more information - ClickScape98


Visit Linz and change the city with a mouse click.

The Stadtwerkstatt transforms the Danube area around the Nibelungen Bridge
into a Clickable Public Space. A new node is created here at the crossroads
of the city, where the routes leading from north to south and from east to
west intersect. Interventions are made in this public space via the world
wide data networks.
A space for encounters between the real world and the virtual world opens
up here. Linz becomes the meeting place between cyberspace and reality.

With ClickScape98 - Views of Linz - electronic visitors online can click
into this space and communicate with Linz. Lights in the EA Generali office
building may be turned on and off with mouse clicks. Light signals appear
on the facade. Sounds may be deployed on the bridge - an audio experience.
The illuminated sign scrolling across the front of the Stadtwerkstatt
serves as a display for texts sent into this space.

Creating Views of Linz

Clickable Public Space - Clickscape 98 - Electronic visitors to the city of
Linz are given a new urban experience. Using mouse clicks and the keyboard,
they can create their own views of Linz. As tourists they are not merely
passive admirers of the local sights, but may become actively involved in
creating them. The visitor's creative activity may then be viewed via live
images from Webcams transmitting the results of the interventions back to
the data network. This enables the Internet tourist to create his or her
own personalized "postcard."

For the inhabitants of Linz, on the other hand, the electronic visitor is
not just another hit in the Web statistics, but actually becomes visibly,
audibly, legibly perceptible. Observers on site can experience live how
visitors come to Linz via the Internet.

A large public space becomes an interface. Images, sounds, texts that are
fed into the Internet do not just vanish in cyberspace. Nor do they appear
merely on the surface of the computer interface. They are actually
perceptible as interventions in real physical space. One space expands into
the other. The little surface of the monitor expands into the
three-dimensional space of the city. Physically real spaces and virtual
spaces and with their inhabitants become interwoven.


- you can use: images, sounds, texts:

Pixel graphics on the facade of the EA Generali office building

Every window at the front of the EA Generali office building is equipped
with a light source the can be switched on and off. A Webcam is focused on
the building. It transmits a live image to the Internet. When a visitor
clicks on one of the windows in the building with the mouse, this triggers
a switch that turns the light either on or off. In this way, the front of
the building can be decorated like pixel graphics. 8 floors with 13 windows
each, a perpendicular rectangle with 104 lights that can be turned on and
off forms the drawing board. The electronic visitor to Linz creates his or
her own picture, leaving a personal code behind on the building. Patterns,
ornaments, signs appear. Even animations are possible. Several people at a
time can playfully participate in developing each ongoing image composition
by separately clicking on the windows. However a Web interface matrix also
makes it possible to design an image for the facade and send it to the
building as a whole.

Building art in the era of the information society with its digital and
electronic network world.

A sound runs across the bridge

A pressure chamber loudspeaker is mounted on each lamp post on the east
side of the Nibelungen Bridge. Each of these loudspeakers can be
individually controlled via the Internet. A selection of sounds are
available at the Web site, which may be assigned to the loudspeakers in any
way that the electronic visitor desires. This enables electronic visitors
in Linz to send acoustic messages to passers-by on the bridge. There is
also a sequencer on the Web page. Net users can use it to write their own
compositions with the available sounds and hear them during a virtual walk
across the bridge before sending them off for a performance. The reactions
of the passers-by may be observed by means of several Webcams on the same
side of the bridge.

Net visitors can take a sonorous walk across the bridge with passers-by.

"Wild Ivy" - the electronic moving illuminated sign on the Stadtwerkstatt
- growing profusely.

Using an input interface in the Web browser, electronic visitors to Linz
can post a text to the moving sign. A message from the Internet to the
people of Linz on site. Texts entered by electronic visitors are lined up
in the input field of the Web site, where all Net users can see them, and
wander one after another across the sign. It is similar to a chat. Another
Webcam is focused on the Stadtwerkstatt building, tracking both the "Wild
Ivy" and the people in the square in front of the building.

The invisible person from cyberspace speaks up in the urban landscape of Linz.

Stadtwerkstatt, Kirchengasse 4, A-4040 Linz
tel. ++43-(0)732-731209
fax. ++43-(0)732-711846
mail: stwst@servus.at
web: http://www.servus.at/stwst


Date: Wed, 02 Sep 1998 17:07:25 +0100
From: Andrew Forbes <andy@j15.co.uk>
Subject: net-art98: PRESS RELEASE 2: September 1998

net-art98: PRESS RELEASE 2: September 1998

net-art98 'web specific art' - online competition -

net-art98 is the first online 'web specific art' competition for which
prizes will be decided by online open public voting. Voting starts
September 5th 1998 from the ninth International Symposium on Electronic
Art, being held in Manchester UK, and will continue till the end of the

'Web specific art' refers to works of art that function best or only as
web sites. The web makes possible for the first time, the worldwide
distribution of works of art which dynamically respond to and mutate in
reaction to their audience. Every month brings new advances in the
delivery of visual and audio stimuli to the virtual desktops of the
world. The net-art98 competition is here, along with its competing sites

and artists, to celebrate and encourage this explosion of creativity and

communication across continents.

Once voters are registered with the net-art98 database, they will be
able to return on subsequent visits, choose to see only competing sites
they haven't previously visited, amend their previous vote (voting only
for sites they have visited) etc.

net-art98 is being run in cooperation with Department of Fine Arts,
Manchester Metropolitan University, organizers of ISEA98TERROR

net-art98 funders include Manchester City Council

net-art98 is produced on an expenses only basis by Junction 15 and

Further information in the first instance can be obtained from
+44 (0)171 978 9868 or andy@j15.co.uk


sensor e overlobe
the sound of one foot tapping..

this work for electronics and hard drive explores the sonic footprints
humans make upon the earth. From the singing bridges of Amsterdam, a fridge
in the English countryside, Church bells in Paris and London, Radio
transmissions from who knows where? to the resonance of the Golden Gate
bridge in San Francisco, and the Brisbane City Hall...

seo will be performing with custom designed dsp software, using contact mic
recordings collected from europe, america and australia.

                Metro Arts Cinema
                Brisbane City
                Qld Australia

                September 19 1998
                9:30 pm

                f r e e


   / \

Emerging Artists/Emergent Medium

Through a generous grant from the Jerome Foundation, the Walker Art
Center is seeking proposals to commission four online artist projects.

Details at http://www.walkerart.org/gallery9/jerome/

Steve Dietz
Director, New Media Initiatives
Walker Art Center

3rd Werkleitz Biennale sub fiction

Alternating yearly with ostranenie, the International Electronic
Media Forum at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, the Werkleitz Biennale
presents a cross-media selection of works in the fields of Film/Video,
Performance, Visual Arts and Internet. One of the attractions of the
event is its unique rural location, which offers some of the most
unusual and exciting venues for the presentation of contemporary art.
Many of the presented works are context and sitespecific commissions.

The curators Holger Kube Ventura, Kassel (Visual Arts), Joachim Blank,
Berlin/Leipzig (Internet), Boris Nieslony, Cologne (Performance),Thomas
Kortschil, Vienna (Film), Gerhard Wissner, Kassel(Film/Video)and Volker
Schreiner, Braunschweig (Video) chose more than 70 artistic
works from 14 countries for sub fiction. The Biennale aims to present
differing artistic positions, which, in these times of disentegrating
political and social utopias, reflect or replace collective fictions.


Werkleitz Gesellschaft e.V.
3rd Werkleitz Biennale sub fiction: 3.-6.September 1998



  The Media and Cultural Studies Centre at the University of Queensland
                    is proud to present issue two of

                  M/C - A Journal of Media and Culture

M/C is an award-winning journal that crosses over between the popular and
the academic. It is attempting to engage with the 'popular', and integrate
the work of 'scholarship' in media and cultural studies into our critical
work. We take seriously the need to move ideas outward, so that our cultural
debates may have some resonance with wider political and cultural interests.

Issue two of M/C is concerned with the idea of 'memory', in its many forms:
human and non-human, analogue and digital, clear and half-forgotten. It
includes the following articles:

  "Too Much Memory"
Our featured M/C guest writer, the Canadian scholar Paul Attallah, notes
how our perceptions of memory have changed. The media, he writes, are today
in the business of creating 'pseudo-events' -- but the public are getting
better at looking behind the façades: they might come to reject this
constant stream of too much (fake) memory.

  "Playing Backwards: Anticipatory Memories in the Antipodes"
P. David Marshall describes the implications of a delay in the transmission
of cultural events out of America: Australians remember events in popular
culture before they have even had a chance to participate in them.

  "'What Happened?' Deconstructing Memories of Alien Abduction"
Adam Dodd takes a postructuralist approach to the alien abduction
phenomenon, discussing some of its implications for the nature and function
of memory and imagination.

  "Rocketships and Rayguns: Kitsch SF Iconography in the Digital Age"
Nick Caldwell explores how the 1950s 'New Look' has influenced science
fiction illustration, reviewing how it metonymically becomes associated
with the past, present, and future.

  "Archiving the Ephemeral: Deja News and the Ethics of Perfect Memory"
Axel Bruns looks at the ethical side of Usenet search services like Deja
News, questioning the implications of newsgroup archives with their perfect
digital memory of ephemeral discussions.

  "Remembering the Week after Next"
Paul Mc Cormack suggests that as commercialisation looms, to consider the
memory of the early days of broadcast radio may help to 'remember' the
future of the Internet.

  "'They Will Be the Death of Diana': Memory and the Media"
Felicity Meakins shows how the popular media are reconstructing our memory
of Princess Diana using an epideictic form of Rhetoric, the eulogy.

Issue two of M/C is now on the Web. Visit us at <http://www.uq.edu.au/mc/>.
M/C issue one, on the concept of 'new', is also still available online.
All M/C contributors are available for media contacts: mc@mailbox.uq.edu.au

                                                          Axel Bruns

M/C - A Journal of Media and Culture                  mc@mailbox.uq.edu.au
The University of Queensland                      http://www.uq.edu.au/mc/

 Deep Cyberspace 98 begins September 15
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 1998 10:27:25 -0700

How real is virtual reality? Have you personally
flown through a 3D landscape? Have you invited
friendly avatars into a virtual home you built
on a terrain that resembles Mars or Atlantis?
What does the 3D Internet mean for society and

Starting September 15, a group gathers online for
an intense 7-week private seminar on the theory
and practice of virtual worlds. The seminar brings
together a small global team guided by an author
who teaches virtual worlds theory and design at
Art Center College of Design in Pasadena,

The seminar "Deep Cyberspace 98" aims to enhance
the work of information professionals. Last year,
the online seminar explored texts and images on the Web.
This year, the seminar enters into 3D worlds and
discusses my 1998 book Virtual Realism (Oxford
University Press). We don avatars to test the theory
with real-time practices.

Besides writing books about virtual reality, I teach
seminars for graduate students in New Media &
Communications at the Art Center College of Design,
as well as seminars for engineers in the Science and
Technology Program at California State University Long
Beach. In Fall of 1997, I received a Digital Media
Research Grant from Art Center to explore how designers
can develop 3D worlds on the Internet. Six months of
research brought some exciting discoveries. Deep
Cyberspace 98 shares these discoveries and combines
the two ongoing courses that sprang from my research:
Virtual Worlds Theory and Virtual Worlds Design.

Deep Cyberspace 98 will be a memorable experience.

Please consider joining us,

Michael Heim

Questions (FAQ) that you can find in full on the seminar
website at:



                   --OPEN HOUSE--

             D I G I T A L  W O R L D S
         W130, School of Art & Art History
               The University of Iowa
               Iowa City, Iowa  52242

                    5:30 - 7:30pm
             Thursday, September 3, 1998

You are invited to a reception to mark the beginning of "Digital Worlds" -a
new area of study in the School of Art & Art History at the University of
Iowa. The program aims to provide a creative atmosphere in which students
may begin to synthesize the arts into whole digital realms -webworlds,
installations, virtual reality, "distributed worlds" and experimental
games. Digital Worlds is dedicated to imaginative and conscientious
explorations of the computer. In light of a growing preponderance of
corporate games and worlds, it is hoped that we can unleash a new
generation of fiercely independent visions upon the digital landscape.

Those of you close enough to drive, swim or walk, please come to our
reception and engage professor Ebon Fisher, research assistant Adam Brown,
and students in a game of "Riven" or "Oddworld" -or sip some Alulian tea
and give us pointers on ways to bend computers to the task of reinventing
culture in the digital age.

-Digital Worlds
 (319) 351-8749


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