live chat with Brett Stalbaum + Dr. Kathryn Yusoff: Jan 03, 2007 (Leonardo Electronic Almanac Discussion)

Posted by ryan griffis | Sat Dec 30th 2006 11:47 a.m.

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_Leonardo Electronic Almanac Discussion (LEAD): Vol 14 No 8_
Wild Nature and the Digital Life Special Issue, guest edited by Dene
Grigar and Sue Thomas
:: Live chat with Open University research fellow Dr. Kathryn Yusoff
and San Diego-based artist Brett Stalbaum, discussing their
respective works on visualizations of the earth, landscape and
:: Chat date: Wednesday, January 3.
:: 2 pm West Coast US / 5 pm East Coast USA / 10pm UK
:: LEAD is an open forum around the Wild Nature and the Digital Life
special issue of Leonardo Electronic Almanac

Chat instructions are below. The LEA website includes instructions
and a complete list of upcoming chats:

Author Biographies

Dr. Kathryn Yusoff is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Open
University. Her research interests center on re-thinking visual
culture in relation to extreme environments and technologies of
vision (particularly in Antarctica, Iceland and other cold regions).
She has recently completed her Ph.D, Arresting Visions: A
Geographical Theory of Antarctic Light at Royal Holloway, University
of London (2004). Currently, she is curating the Interdependence Day
project, a research and communications project mapping the ethical
terrain of globalization and environmental change.

Brett Stalbaum is an artist specializing in information theory,
database, and software development. A serial collaborator, he was a
co-founder of the Electronic Disturbance Theater in 1998, for which
he co-developed software called FloodNet, which has been used on
behalf of the Zapatista movement against the websites of the
Presidents of Mexico and the United States, as well as the Pentagon.
Recent work includes Painters Flat, projects with the painter Paula
Poole in the Great Basin, and ongoing projects with C5 Corporation,
of which he is a founding member. Stalbaum holds a Masters of Fine
Arts (computers in fine art) from the CADRE digital media laboratory
at San Jose State University, and a B.A. in Film Studies from San
Francisco State University. He is a lecturer and the coordinator for
the Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts Major (ICAM) at the
University of California, San Diego.


How to participate in the live chat?

Live chats will use Jabber (, an open, secure,
ad-free alternative to consumer IM services like AIM, ICQ, MSN, and
Yahoo. It is the most widely-used open source instant messaging and
chat protocol. The LEA Digital Wild chatroom is on the
public server under the name/address < > and the password "leoalmanac."
Follow three easy steps and you are ready to join the chat:

1) Download and install a Jabber client. A list of recommended Jabber
clients is available at the following url:
software/clients.shtml . For Windows users, we recommend the Exodus
client. For Macintosh users, please use Psi (although iChat seems to
work as well), as the other recommended clients do not consistently
register on the Jabber server. For Linux, Psi is also available, but
the other recommended clients should work as well.

2) Register as a user on the public server. When you first
open your Jabber client you will see a start screen. If you do not
see this screen, or if you are not starting the client for the first
time, the screen is also available in a pull down menu as Account
Details or Preferences (depending on your Jabber client). Enter a
username, password, and server. Use any username and password you
choose. Enter "" as the server. When you register, if your
proposed username is taken, you need to choose another. Check the
button for "new account" or to automatically register the account
(depending on your client). Note: you may not be able to register if
you are not using one of the recommended clients listed above. Hit OK
or Login. Your Jabber client will then automatically register you and
connect you to the server.

3) At this point, you are ready to chat, but there is one more step:
you must join the chatroom. Select "Join a Chat Room" from your
client's pull down menu. Enter the name/address of the chat room: < >. Enter the password: leoalmanac.
You can also specify a nickname or "handle" to use while in the
chatroom. Hit "Finish" or "OK" to join the chat. The chat room window
will open and you are ready to go! Note: the chat room may not be
available outside of scheduled chat times.

Additional information is available at the Jabber userguide: http://
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