If you're at ISEA next week and observe a gathering of women laughing loudly over tea and sushi, you may have come face to face with ... Faces. The Faces mailing list began, appropriately, during a dinner party in Vienna back in 1996, to fill a void for women in media arts. As well as a vibrant online forum, the Faces site has links to members' projects, texts and resources. Donna Harraway, Sadie Plant, Francesca di Rimini, Josephine Bosma and Simone de Beauvoir are some of the names to be found among the Faces. Faces provides a platform to address gender issues in media and arts and also creates pleasant networking opportunities over tea and sushi. - Helen Varley Jamieson
Watch technology get criticized, tweaked, and misused on the new RELINE DVD. Curated by Scott Pagano and Phoenix Perry, Reline showcases the work of ten video artists who create new visual forms via the modification of hardware and use of custom applications. Generative software, busted cameras, synths, and video mixers are the weapons, and the work covers a wild array of topics from digital decay, to associative memory structures, immaculate robotic shopping malls, and repetitive strain injury. DVD is available from 10.31.02 via the RELINE website.- Margaret Penney
Imagine having a chat room conversation with the entire Internet. Gogolchat offers just such an experience. Gogol is a software that parses your chat room dialogue through a search engine, spitting back the random results as part of the chat. At a loss for words? Never mind, Gogol has no qualms about perpetually parsing its own dialogue. The overall experience is not unlike having an absurd conversation with the collective conscious. Gogolchat's dada-esque DHTML manipulations make it as visually disorienting as it is textually bizarre. - Curt Cloninger
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