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01 . PGA Secretariat           . Last call to 2nd PGA Conference
02 . Robin Hamman              . Invitation to Join: The Cybersociology 
                                 Mailing List
03 . partha                    . Online Exhibition on Migrant Labour
04 . Eyebeam Atelier           . Ready to PLAY?
05 . ?                         . LIVE EVENT
06 . transmediale              . transmediale 2000 CALL FOR ENTRIES
07 . Marike Maring             . International Workshop on LocalNets
08 . John Armitage             . PAUL VIRILIO SESSION AT BIRMINGHAM?
09 . Ian C.Dawkins-Moore       . Fwd: 1999 Cin(E)-Poetry Festival
10 . Richard Barbrook          . [cybersalon] PASSENGER: saturday night
11 . centre.culturel.ostabat   . santiago de compostela, online
                                 interviews, 31/7/99
12 . Melentie Pandilovski      . SEAFair '99

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From: PGA Secretariat <>

            LAST CALL for the


As mentioned in previous announcements, the second PGA conference will
take place in Bangalore (India) from the 23rd to the 26th of August 1999.
It will be preceded by roundtable discussions (from the 20th to the 22nd)
and accompanied by two rounds of study trips to areas of struggle in
Southern India (15th-19th and 27th-31st August). 

The main objective of the second conference of PGA will be to start an
open debate between social movements and activists about:
* what functions a tool for international communication and coordination
like PGA should fulfil
* how the network should operate

In its fifteen months of existance, PGA has been functioning mainly by the
initiative of relatively few movements and activists, although it enjoys
the support of many more. Now it is time to
* look back at the achievements and failures of this period,
* analyse how things have been done (and not done) in the first phase of
this process,
* rethink what kind of international communication and coordination is
wished/needed by those who identify themselves with the network, and
* discuss how to improve the PGA process to get it closer to what we want
it to be.

Of course, this debate will take place on the basis of the four hallmarks
of the PGA:
* rejection of global capitalism and its regulating mechanisms, such as
* a confrontational attitude towards them - neither lobby nor reformism;
* a call to non-violent direct action, civil disobedience and the
construction of local alternatives by local communities;
* an organisational philosophy based on decentralisation and autonomy.

Another important aim of the conference is to prepare the global
resistance to the Third Ministerial Conference of the World Trade
Organisation (WTO), which will take place in Seattle (USA) from the 29th
of November to the 3rd of December 99. This conference is expected to mark
the starting point of a new round of negotiations (the so-called
Millennium Round) aimed at expanding the powers of the WTO regime,
strengthening the private property over life forms, accelerating the
destruction of the peasantry due to the liberalisation of agricultural
trade, and inserting a MAI-like agreement into the WTO regime. Diverse
groups and organisations in the USA are now preparing a caravan of
representatives of movements from different continents just before the WTO
conference, to raise awareness about these issues (contact for more details). 

Finally, the conference will revise the PGA manifesto and elect a new
convenors' committee.

The roundtable discussions before the conference will serve different
purposes: meeting movements and activists working in the same issues,
elaborating proposals for changes in the manifesto, discussing the latest
developments in the 'anti-globalisation networks' etc. The study trips
before and after the conference will offer an opportunity to get to know
the struggles of the Adivasi (indigenous peoples of India), to meet
farmers' movements opposing the caste system, biotechnology, 'free' trade
and environmental destruction, to visit the fight against big dams and
multinational corporations, to support Adivasi women squatting a US bank,

There is the possibility to travel to the PGA conference for a reduced
price if you make up your mind quickly. Some examples of the best rates
that we have found until now are (for a return trip to Bombay, flying in
August and with an open date of return):
* from Frankfurt, Rome, Paris or London for DM 750 to 825 (US$ 400 to
from most other European capitals for around DM 920 to 1000 (US$ 500 to
* from NY, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington etc for about US$ 990; from
Toronto, Ottawa, LA, San Francisco etc for about US$ 1090.
(the rates for other continents are unfortunately higher - excepting Asia
and the Pacific, where the rates are quite variable).

If you arrive just before the first session of study trips we will also
arrange for you the transport from Bombay to Bangalore as well as visits
to farmers' organisations on the way. 

To obtain more information please visit or send an empty email
to and you will get automatically a comprehensive
set of information on the conference, the roundtable discussions, the
study trips, the flights to India, the participation fees, etc. (If this
does not work, please email 

Peoples' Global Action
against 'Free' Trade
and the WTO (PGA)

   ................................................................... 02

Date:  Mon, 26 Jul 1999 01:39:07 +0100
From: Robin Hamman <>
Subject:  ann! ...  Invitation to Join: The Cybersociology Mailing List
(Please Read)

You are invited to join the Cybersociology announcement list.

The Cybersociology email list is a great place to find out about upcoming
conferences and events on the following topics:

           digital art and design
           media studies
           communication studies
           sociology of technology
           internet studies

The list also frequently carries calls for papers and book contributions,
information on funding opportunities, and the ocassional request for

The Cybersociology list has over 500 members, but it is heavily moderated
so that there are only around 4 or 5 messages per week.

To Join:

If you join and find out that this isn't the list for you, you can
unsubscribe easily via email - instructions are attached to the end of
each list message. 

Please forward this to anyone who you think might be interested in

Robin Hamman
Cybersociology List Moderator

   ................................................................... 03

>From: partha []
>Dear All,
>Drik Multimedia is glad to announce it's fourth online exhibition on
>"Migrant Labour"- a photodocumentary project developed by Shahidul Alam
>of Drik. Please visit the exhibition at
> and leave your comments at our discussion
>The single hope, to change one's destiny, is what ties all migrants
>together whether they be the Bangladeshis who work in the forests of
>Malaysia, those who work as unskilled labour in the Middle East or those
>go to the promised lands of the US. Not all of them are poor. Many are
>skilled and well educated. Still, the possibility of changing one's
>destiny is the single driving force that pushes people into precarious
>journeys all across the globe. They see it not merely as a means for
>economic freedom, but also as a means for social mobility.
>In the 25 years since independence the middle class in Bangladesh has
>prospered, and many have climbed the social ladder. But except for a few
>rags-to-riches stories, the poor have been well and truly entrenched in
>poverty. They see little hope of ever being able to claw their way out of
>it, except perhaps through the promise of distant lands.
>So it is that hundreds of workers mill around the Kuwait Embassy in
>Gulshan, the posh part of Dhaka where the wealthy Bangladeshis and the
>foreigners live, and the arduous struggle begins. False passports,
>employment agents, attempts to bribe immigration officials, the long
>uncertain wait.
>Some wait outside the office of 'Prince Musa' in Banani. He is king of
>the agents. His secretary shows me the giant portraits taken with
>gels', in an early Hollywood style. She talks of the culture of the man,
>sense of style, his private jet, his place in the world of fashion.
>He was himself from a small town in Faridpur who made good. Whether the
>wealth of the 'Prince' derives mainly from commissions paid by thousands
>Bangladeshis or whether, as many assume, it is from lucrative arms deals,
>the incongruity of it all remains: the fabulously wealthy are earning
>the poorest of the poor.
>Whereas the 'Prince' has emigrated to the city and saves most of his
>money abroad, the migrant workers save every penny and send it to the
>bank in their village. They have no illusions about 'settling' overseas,
>knowing only too well their status amongst those who know them only as
>labour. Bangladesh is clearly, irrevocably, their home. They merely want
>better life for themselves than the Bangladeshi princes have reserved for
>The work is ongoing and has been supported by grants from The Andrea
>Foundation and Autograph.
>PS: if some of you have any problem viewing the site we suggest you
>your DNS setting to We are changing our domain name server
>MIT Media Lab. and sorry for this temporary inconvenience.
>Partha Pratim Sarker
>Chief, Drik Multimedia
>House: 58, Road: 15A (new), Dhanmondi, Dhaka 1209
>Voice: (880-2) 812954, 9120125, 823412 (off.) 9131836 (res.)
>Fax: (880-2) 9115044

   ................................................................... 04

Date:  Wed, 28 Jul 1999 10:49:20 +0200
From: Eyebeam Atelier <>
Subject:  ann! ...  Ready to PLAY?

Dear Everyone,

Re:PLAY has STARTED! Jump into the forum at

Re:PLAY is a five-week intensive debate about the past, present, and
future of games.  Re:PLAY will unite digital theorists, game developers,

media critics, computer scientists, scholars, researchers, hackers, and
professional game players in a discussion about digital game design and
game culture.

Re:PLAY is directed by Eric Zimmerman, game designer and Professor
at NYU ITP, and co-moderated by Ron Wakkary and Laura Trippi,
Professors of Interactive Arts at Tech BC.  Participants include:
John Buchanan (Electronic Arts), Grey Costykian (game designer),
Chris Crawford (Erazmatazz), Sara Diamond (Banff Centre),
Dennis "Thresh" Fong (professional gamer), Richard Garfield
(Magic: the Gathering), J.C. Herz (interactive media critic),
Kori Inkpan (SFU), Lars Konzack (University of Aarhus),
Henry Jenkins (MIT), Maria Klawe (University of British Columbia),
David Koenig (Gigawatt Studios), Frank Lantz (NYU IPT, R/GA),
Brenda Laurel (Purple Moon), Marc LeBlanc (Looking Glass),
Miltos Manetas (artist), Lev Manovich (UC San Diego), Brian
Moriarty (MPath), Janet Murray (Georgia Tech), Anne Marie
Schleiner (artist and curator), Warren Spector (ION Storm),
McKenzie Wark (media and game critic), and Bernie Yee (Sony Online).

Re:PLAY is a project of Eyebeam Atelier and the Technical University of
British Columbia (TechBC), with additional support provided by the
Freeman Game Group.

We apologize for the delay due to problems with our server.

   ................................................................... 05

Date:  Wed, 28 Jul 1999 10:51:08 +0200
From: ? <>
Subject:  ann! ...  LIVE EVENT

window into HELL

a live/online event

july 17 -august 21


2525 michigan avenue

santa monica, california 90404, usa

access to the physical location
is restricted to tues-saturday 11-5


portions of this feed will be mirrored on


participating members:::::::

rotation daily at [approx] noon

   ................................................................... 06

Date:  Wed, 28 Jul 1999 16:54:29 +0200
From: "transmediale" <>
Subject:  ann! ...  transmediale 2000 CALL FOR ENTRIES

transmediale 2000
international media art festival berlin
February 11 - 20, 2000


Please have a look at our website
There you will find information about transmediale 2000 and an entry form
in case you wish to submit your work to the festival.
The deadlines are:
August 31, 1999 for installations and performances
October 29, 1999 for videos, computer animation, CD-ROMs, internet
projects, TV productions

If you have any further questions please contact us at
Thank you!

transmediale 2000 -
international media art festival berlin
February 11-20, 2000
Klosterstr. 68-70
10179 Berlin

Tel: *49 30 2472 1907
Fax: *49 30 2472 1909


Member of the European Coordination of Film Festivals E.E.I.G.

   ................................................................... 07

>Date: Tue, 27 Jul 1999 09:38:06 +0200
>From: Marike Maring <>
>Subject: [imm97] International Workshop on LocalNets

>>[Apologies if you receive multiple copies of this email]
>>LOCALNETS: International Workshop on Community-based
>>Interactive Systems.
>>to be presented at the AC'99,
>>Annual Conference of the EC I3 Programme,
>>20th - 22nd  October 1999,
>>Siena, Italy.
>>The claim that communication technology can adversely affect
>>interaction within a close community in favour of promoting
>>interaction with a global web-based virtual community is a
>>widely-supported opinion. In this context, a research strategy
>>is currently being devoted to technology-based schemes, specifically
>>designed to enhance social cohesion in local communities. A principal
>>issue here is the nature of the interaction between a member of the
>>community and some representation of that community's locus and
>>history.  It is the purpose of this international workshop to
>>present current research on local communities, to assess the
>>outcomes of such research and to identify issues for future
>>For more information on the workshop see:

   .................................................................... 08

From: John Armitage <>

                      ***Please Circulate this Message***

                            JUNE 21-25, 2000,

                       ~~~~SESSION ON PAUL VIRILIO?~~~~

Dear all

I have just sent a proposal for a session on the work of Paul Virilio to
the organisers of the conference entitled 'Crossroads in Cultural
Studies', to be held in Birmingham (UK) next June -- see previous Cyber
Society mailing.

It looks like I  need 5 people to present papers with me if such a
is to run.

If there are ay Virilian scholars out there who would like to make up a
Virilio panel at Birmingham, please contact me at the following email

Best wishes

John Armitage

   ................................................................... 09

Date: Fri, 30 Jul 1999
From: "Ian C.Dawkins-Moore" <>
Subject: 1999 Cin(E)-Poetry Festival


OCTOBER 2, 1999
The Annual Cin(E) Poetry Fest happens once again at SOMARTS theater 
in San Francisco on October 2nd. This multimedia event showcases work
that combine poetry with video, film and digital movies.

Last years event drew more than 75 entries from around the world 
with cash prizes paid to artists totaling $1000.  Award winners are 
selected by audience balloting and winners receive not only cash 
prizes, but an award certificate as well as an invitation to the 
Annual Cin(E)-Poetry Tour.

Our critically acclaimed festival is known internationally for 
showcasing the best works which combine the verbal energy of poetry 
with the visual richness and diversity of experimental film.

If you've got a short (under 15 minutes) poetry film or video, literary
documentary, or a literary multimedia piece such as a Quicktime movie,
then we'd like to review your work for possible inclusion in our 
festival and catalog.  Send $15 with your application and tape to 
Literary Television, a project of the National Poetry Association.

A poetry film, videopoem (or Cin(e)-poem) strives for a symbiotic 
relationship of images, words, and sound/music. It  can integrate all 
the arts--drama, dance, music, graphics and documentary elements. 
Some of the best  poetry films and videopoems  use stills, animation, 
documentary clips as well as abstract computer-generated graphics, 
and narrative.

LTV stands for Literary Television. It also stands for the innovative and
compelling work of poetry filmmakers and videographers. After 24 years of
sponsoring poetry film festivals, the Poetry Film Workshop in San
Francisco has culled an impressive archive, and is distributing to a 
number of places including television and cable broadcasters such as 
PBS and to educational and entertainment websites and educational 
institutions throughout the United States and Europe.

Fill out, attach your $15.00 entry fee and send along with tape to:

Yes, I want to enter my work into the:

1999 Cin(E)-Poetry Fest!

DEADLINE: Sept. 15, 1999

Literary TV Catalog

Submitting Artist(s):

Phone: (    )
Presentation format (please circle )
Original Format: 16MM 3/4" SVHS Hi-8
CD-ROM Diskette(Specify Mac or PC)
TRT:(15 min.max.)

*Include a 1/2 page description with your fee and entry, and $3.00 if 
you'd like your tape returned.

I hereby allow LTV: Literary Television to preview my work, and if 
accepted for the festival, grant permission to broadcast my work for 
promotional purposes only. I declare that all rights have been 
secured including but not limited to copyrights, trademarks, credits 
and licensing for all material used in entered work. I also 
understand the festival and its sponsors cannot be held responsible 
for loss or damage to entry materials.

LTV, The Poetry Film Workshop and the Cin(E)-Poetry Fest are all 
projects of the National Poetry Association Inc.( 510c(3)). We 
reserve the following rights:

*Judges reserve the right to disqualify any entry for any reason.
*We reserve the right to broadcast all or part of the entry for 
promotional purposes.
*LTV and the Poetry Film Workshop will furnish full and complete 
contracts to selectees for licensing, renting and selling purposes.
*Entrants will be notified of acceptance.



Ian C.D. Moore
NPA/LTV Chairman

                        NATIONAL POETRY ASSOCIATION


                                             934 Brannan Street
                                                 2nd Floor
                                        San Francisco, CA 94103
                                            Phone: 415-552-9261
                                             Fax: 415-552-9271

   ................................................................... 10

Date:  Sun, 1 Aug 1999 23:15:41 +0000
From: (Richard Barbrook)
Subject:  ann! ...  [cybersalon] PASSENGER: saturday night

From: (Richard Barbrook)

For those of you who enjoyed last week's event, Ben & Ray from Wildlife
playing out again next week:


Saturday 7th August
with DJ action from:

Ben & Ray Wildlife
Steve Blonde
Lee Rous

Passenger's infamous Saturday sessions continue
through the summer with their mix of fried funk and
high octane breaks.

The Islington,
342 Caledonian Road, N1

8pm - 2am         3

leftfield breaks and beats

Dr. Richard Barbrook
Hypermedia Research Centre
School of Communications, Design & Media
University of Westminster
Watford Road
Northwick Park


+44 (0)171-911-5000 x 4590

"...the History of the World is nothing but the development
of the Idea of Freedom." - Georg Hegel

If you would like to keep in touch with what is happening at the HRC, you
can subscribe to our Friends mailing list on:

   ................................................................... 11

Date: Sat, 31 Jul 1999 11:10:12 +0100
From: "centre.culturel.ostabat" <>
Subject: santiago de compostela ,online interviews 31/7/99

news from the perigrin's way , online interviews with real audio plug-in
Made by "temps-reel" french team in 10 days with a computers laboratory
instaled in the small village of Ostabat in the Pyreneos.

thanks for your atention.

fred Adam.

Sponsored by Clean Laboratory TM :
nos dernieres crations reseau "temps reel":
et pour les gonfigs muscles,le chateau de oiron en shockwave :

   ................................................................... 12

Date: Sun, 01 Aug 1999 23:45:53 +0200
From: Melentie Pandilovski <>
Subject: SEAFair '99

For SEAFair '99:  e-FUSION

- Exhibition:     e-FUSION:  International VR & Web 3D ART
- VR/WEB 3D/ Hands-on workshop
- Symposium with artists, critics, curators and theoreticians




October 1 - October 15, 1999
e-FUSION:  Virtual Reality - Web 3D Exhibition

September 15 - October 3
VR/WEB 3D/ Hands-on workshop

October 1-4  Symposium with artists, critics, curators and theoreticians

Locations: 	Museum of the City of Skopje
		CIX Gallery, Skopje
		Skopje Museum of Contemporary Art

Organizer: 	Cultural Institution "Contemporary Art Center - Skopje"
Orce Nikolov 109, 91000 Skopje
Republic of Macedonia
Tel-fax ++389.91.133.541

Co - curators: Kathy Rae Huffman and Melentie Pandilovski

Institutions: OSI - Macedonia, OSI - New York, Museum of the City of
Skopje Museum of Contemporary Art, Van Gogh Television

SEAFair (Skopje Electronic Arts Fair) is the first media art
manifestation in the Balkans, bringing together International Internet
artists, multimedia artists, media critics and theorists, as well as the
interested regional audience. SEAFair is conceived to be a serial of
international events, exhibitions/web conferences, which explore the
creation and existing of new media and electronic arts and their newly
developing venues. 
SEAFair serves as an international and intercultural meeting point
for arts and technologies. SEAFair urges discussions about the artistic,
philosophic, educational and other aspects of the processes in electronic
culture. It promotes communication between the international and regional
electronic & media artists. SEAFair, which began in 1997, has established
a great regional importance by being the central focal point in the
Balkans to disperse and expand electronic art knowledge.
SEAFair contributes to the understanding of the artists and cultural
audience in Macedonia, and abroad.
The URL for the past 2 SEAFair events:

Idea and Concept of SEAFair '99


Part 1.  e- FUSION, an exhibition, will focus on the complexities,
achievements and limitations of the electronic arts, with projects that
emphasize virtual reality, VRML (virtual reality modeling language), and
web 3D technology.  e-FUSION deals with the themes of individual identity,
culture and technology. e-FUSION will demonstrate the digital language of
international artists, who express themselves with dynamic interactive
simulations of physical systems. The exhibition is envisioned as a focal
point for the meeting of artists, visionaries, and technical experts, all
exploring the technologies of communication in dialogue and exchange. 
Selected projects from the international ART competition for the VRML 99
Conference In Paderborn, Germany, are invited to SEAFair as a resource of
international achievement in the area of web 3D technology.  New works -
texts - or lecture demos by VRML-ART artists will be selected.  The
e-FUSION exhibition will feature up to 30 new works / installations that
utilize VR or VRML- web 3D technology, and it will be on view from
01.10.1998 - 15.10.1999.  The exhibition will feature projects utilizing
information technology and different applications of VR, VRML, web 3D, and
multimedia web based works. All international and regional artists working
with these technologies are invited to an open competition. The exhibition
FUSION is dedicated to a dialogue between local and international artists,
critics and a general audience. It is the continuation of three years of
emphasis in the growing field of 3D Web Technology, which has manifested
in several independent projects and proposals for this production. The
event should urge the creation of new projects in Macedonia, the Balkans,
and Eastern Europe opening up the creation of installations in virtual
reality by local artists. 

Selection:  The Curators are responsible for selection of the projects.

Part 2.  e-FUSION: Real/Virtual the environments we choose. A melt down
dialogue exchange and international lecture and presentation series of
projects by the selected artists, and invited theoreticians. 

Part 3.  e-FUSION: Hands-on VR/Web3D Workshop
15.09 1999 - 03.10.1999

Twenty local and international artists, and interested audiences, will be
selected to participate in this development of complex media projects. The
workshop has already a 3 years old history and has been initiated in
collaboration with VAN GOGH TV.  The workshop will serve as a theoretical
and practical introduction in the creation of virtual worlds and virtual

The workshop will be divided in 2 parts.

1. - Introduction in 3D programs
2. - Practical demonstration and development of concepts for work in VR
models (Web3D).

Part 4. FUSION: VR Community.  During the SEAFair conference, and
workshop, an online dialogue will be conducted in various 3D communication
spaces.  In these areas, selected artists will conduct guided tours and
elucidate the virtual territory. 

Melentie Pandilovski
Contemporary Art Center - Skopje
Orce Nikolov 109, 91000 Skopje
Republic of Macedonia
Tel/Fax:	++389.91.133.541

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