Time to Deal with...Time

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As this year morphs into the next one, many of us are asking ourselves if we are who were were a year ago...or have our experiences in 2001 changed us radically? Is it possible to measure these changes? Richard Rinehart's "Letters Through Time" invites visitors to write letters to themselves 20 years into the future or 20 years into the past to examine who we were and who we dream of being. Visitors attempt to answer the question of continuity by reading, comparing, and interpreting each other's letters. Be careful with what you disclose...and have fun browsing. You might learn a thing or two about *yourself*.

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A New Take on Nosferatu

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Barbara Lattanzi's shockwave applet "You are Late

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Concepts, ASCII Art for Sale

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Artist Greg Sidal has come up with ConceptBid, a platform for presenting and even selling conceptual art -- from instructions for bizarre performances to appropriated photographs to ASCII masterpieces. Sidal's Web application intends to provide an open market for usually non-marketable and non-collectable conceptual art and is built on an ideal relational database.

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Daily Doses of NAN

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Hey...maybe you've enjoyed these daily dispatches on what's new in new media. Perhaps you're also feeling a little bit of the Christmas spirit...and want to share NAN with your friends and colleagues. Well, you can. It's quite simple to add a NAN column or module to your website. Simply follow our directions and copy some code. It's free to non-profit sites (donations to NAN's non-profit parent, Rhizome.org, are greatly appreciated).

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Exploring Digital Cinema

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Maybe you're getting a digital video camera for Christmas. Does that make you a digital filmmaker? What exactly does creating "digital cinema" entail? Shooting a movie on digital film a la Lars von Trier? Or fashioning intricate special effects and 3D models a la Pixar? Check out the website keyframe.org, and discover links, discussions, musings, and more on the marriage between the computer and the camera. You can also contribute your own thoughts to the site. Let the dialogue begin...

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The Women of the Old Boys Network

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From Hamburg, Germany: the Very Cyberfeminist International conference took place last week, hosted by the Old Boys Network (OBN). Huh? Well, OBN is a snarkily-named collective of new media artists and theorists who are actually women...and cyberfeminists. This year's conference posed the questions "What role does the digital medium play in the current restructuring of the world when old borders are shifted and new ones set up? And what is the symbolic and concrete function of 'woman' in this process?" to attendees, who included artists, politicians, theorists and activists from 11 different countries.

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Is the Future Pre-determined?

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Is one's future a predetermined narrative? Juliet Martin's "Instant Future" is a website that suggests that it might be -- at least for the protagonist of the tale that unfurls on the site. Visitors encounter a woman who has a history of sexual and emotion abuse, which is conveyed by animated doodles accompanied by what appear to be written confessions. As her story is revealed, the character becomes ever more real by sharing her disbelief at exposing herself emotionally online. "Instant Future" is a poignant piece that also forces us to question the nature of our own life narratives.

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Rhizome in LA-LA Land

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For those of you that think sunny SoCal lacks a net art community, stop in at Whose Cafe in Hollywood tonight. Rhizome.org will be hosting Rhizome.LA, a new series that will feature presentations by new media artists. The inaugural event will highlight fresh works by Steve Appleton, Joyce Campbell, Scott Draves, Mark Pesce, Nick Thompson, and Ryan Wartena. Rhizome.LA will allow different pockets of new media artists working in the vast Los Angeles area to come together and share ideas, as well introduce new forms of digital art to those who might be unfamiliar with it. Festivities start at 7:30pm (and run to 10pm); best of all, there's no cover charge.

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