Thanks!

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Big thanks to all who have kindly supported the non-profit new media art resource Rhizome.org (the publisher of Net Art News) during its 2001 Community Campaign. The original goal was $20,000, but 389 generous Rhizomers pledged and donated $22,272.63! Their support will maintain current programs (including your daily dose of Net Art News) as the community continues to grow. And now, thanks to the donations, a member directory, an events calendar, opportunity listings, web hosting and online education are on the agenda as new offerings from Rhizome.org.

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New Media Art in Wyoming

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So you thought Wyoming was just for cowboys...but how about new media artists? If you're in Jackson Hole any time before March 1, check out "New Frontiers: an Exhibit of Technology -based Art" at the Art Association. The names are big: Gary Hill, John Klima, Lew Baldwin, Paul Kaiser and Scott Snibbe. Works include Lew Baldwin's internet piece, "Heroes and Villains" and the installations "Wall Piece" by Gary Hill, "Go" by John Klima (whose work is pictured), "Visionary of Theater" by Paul Kaiser and three of Scott Snibbe's software art pieces including "Gravilux." Where to go: 260 W. Pearl Street. Call 307-733-6379 or email mary@artassociation.org for more information, as the gallery's Web site isn't currently ready for viewing.

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Today & Tomorrow:LA Conference

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Today and tomorrow, at UCLA, a major conference on new media will take place. Entitled "Digital Utopia/Digital Distopia" Drop by at Royce Hall, Room 314. The main names on the roster: Scott McCloud, author of "Understanding Comics and Reinventing Comics"; Steve Kurtz, member of Critical Art Ensemble; and Lev Manovich, UCSD digital art professor and author of "The Language of New Media." As the organizers say, "This conference aims to examine a variety of aesthetic, political, and pragmatic effects of digital technology on the status of the artistic object."

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The Network as a Bizarre_scape

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The duo of Corby and Baily say that their net art work "Reconnoitre" deals with our experience of the network as a bizarre_scape. They call the online world "an environment with a high metabolism whose boundaries are continuously re-shaped; accreting and thickening under the influence of powerful social and commercial forces." Their piece "Reconnoitre" is a browser of sorts, which of course allows users to find sites online, however, it isn't tooled to necessarily make sense, at least in an orderly, linear manner. Instead, the artists hope to present the act of browsing as a behavioural activity. Like many works of net art before it, "Recoinnotre" is another in a long line of dysfunctional browsers that turn web surfing into a fresh, surprising, even poetic experience.

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Get Ready, Get Set, Go...to Berlin

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Get ready, get set, go...to Berlin. Next week, the international media art festival known as transmediale will take place for the 15th time from February 5th to the 10th. The good stuff offered up includes interactive installations, a media lounge with internet and screen-based works, a conference devoted to changes in the public sphere in the digital era, workshops on collaborative and free software projects, screenings with the latest works of video art, and of course more. This year's theme is a bit outdated: it's "go public!" as in an IPO, but you can interpret it as "be open with your great ideas!" Be sure to log onto the festival's web site if you can't hop on a plane or train to Germany...'cause you can vote for the best art on view at transmediale from afar.

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How Do You Feel?

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The duo of Dellbr

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Recycle Your Homepage...into Net Art

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Ever wish you could instantly have a new homepage? The Berlin-based artist duo of Blank & Jeron have been experimenting with information recycling for years, and their web site "Dump Your Trash" allows you to submit your URL and have the artists turn it into something different. You give them your email address, and they notify you when your site's been transformed into its next incarnation. Just don't be offended that they refer to your web site's design and content as "garbage." It's just part of the recycling metaphor, after all. Think of the process as a renewal. Yeah. That should make you feel better. The results vary, of course...so consider your re-tooled site a customized work of net art.

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Join the -empyre-

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What are are people in Australia thinking about new media these days? Or Montreal, Canada? Or Timbuktu, for that matter? Are you missing out on some really cool digital art just because you live in...Manhattan? Los Angeles? Tokyo? Funny, but even the most cosmopolitan net art fans might be ignorant of movements in other corners of the world. Perhaps -empyre-, a new mailing list, can help. Moderated by Melinda Rackham, Empyre is an international arena designed for the discussion of media arts practice and theory. Originally, it was conceived to examine the Australian regional online community. Today, -empyre- will regularly invite guests in the fields of media arts practice, theory, curation or administration to discuss thier particular areas of expertise, publications, zines and creative projects. The first guest: Ollivier Dyens from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, curator of the "Metal and Flesh" website http://www.metalandflesh.com, and author of the book "Metal and Flesh," which discusses how tech is affecting our world and culture.

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