A Steady (Story)Beat

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Geoffrey Thomas, an artist and techie who teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has launched Storybeat, a site that houses experiments in interaction, animation and narrative. The concept behind Storybeat is a responsive, motion-based space that presents diverse, unrelated projects that nonetheless address humankind's technological development, the subjective nature of the world, and the experience of isolation.

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Getting to the Root

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This year's Root Festival, which celebrates media and time-based art and is held annually in Kingston Upon Hull, UK, has an online counterpart that will develop along with the real-world events. The site contains information on all the featured artists and projects as well as webcasts, chatrooms, and debates. Check back regularly for new designs and concepts. A highlight: EMARE [European Media Artist Residency Exchange] Petko Dourmana's user- visualisation system Socializer and a full program of live streams.

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Net Art Goes Mainstream

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Today, Rhizome's own Mark Tribe explores how Net art has been accepted and presented to the public by high-profile musueums in a lecture given at UCLA's Dickson Art Center -- for better and for worse. Tribe's talk, entitled "One Flew Over the Coockoo's Net: How Net Art Is Being Assimilated by Mainstream Institutions" will also be webcast live at 6pm, Pacific Time.

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The ABCs of Avatar Action

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The ABC Experiment (Avatar Body Collision) is a research project that examines how people who perform with virtual bodies in cyberspace. How are our conceptions of what "theater" is challenged in chat rooms, email lists, and other online environments in which we act online?

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Australian Net Art at BAM

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The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) has just launched "Under_score: Net Art, Sound, and Essays from Australia," a Web-only showcase of Net art by nine Australian artists. Part of "Next Wave Down Under," BAM's month-long celebration of Australian arts and culture, the exhibition features work that generally addresses "the body" above all else. Artists include Francesca da Rimini, Jason Sweeney, and Ian Haig.

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Catching Up with Kac

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What has bio-artist Eduardo Kac been up to lately? His landmark transgenic work "Genesis" is currently on view at the Yokohama Trienniale in Japan through November (and a version is online). And his newest work, "The Eighth Day" will be unveiled on October 26 at the Institute for Studies in the Arts, Arizona State University, Tempe. "The Eighth Day" brings together a biological robot (biobot) linked to the Internet, which allows online visitors to see what a variety of genetically-engineered, glowing animals experience as they live side by side.

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Global Media Art in the Philippines

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This year's Digital Media Arts Festival, which took place earlier this month, brought together new media artists from around the world, who converged in Manila, the Philippines. Participants attended Flash workshops and demos on non-linear video editing, as well as observed work by colleagues, including Net artists such as Germany's Wilfried Agricola de Cologne and the Philippines' own Fatima Lasay.

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A New Outlet for Net Art

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There's a new outlet for Net art fans and Net artists themselves to peruse work created solely for online viewing. The Net Art Museum features only Web-based works by stalwarts such as John F. Simon and Jodi, as well as pieces by up-and-coming artists.

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