Jessica Ivins
Since 2003
Works in Laurel Springs, New Jersey United States of America

Jessica is currently employed as a web designer/developer in the Philadelphia metro area. Like many of us, she busies herself by trying to fit time for art-making into her daily schedule. Jessica is a socially and politically conscious individual with an active interest in preserving, researching, and creating new media art. Her art addresses issues concerning the relationships among art, gender, and technology.
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"Pro Life" Sculpture of Britney Spears

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Mediatopia.2 fresh!

Wed Aug 17, 2005 00:00 - Tue Aug 16, 2005

Mediatopia.2 fresh! assembles an exciting mix of recent net-based work by
a diverse group of neoteric artists, creatives and thinkers. Their fresh,
networked interfaces look to a variety of means to utilize the internet,
as playground, platform or paintbrush. is a recurring
network mediated culture space for art, technology and writing. We still
believe in networked culture.

Jessica Ivins
Carlos Katastrofsky
Michael Takeo Magruder
Jillian Mcdonald
Mike Mike
Carrie Paterson
Christina Ray and Dave Mandl
Geoffrey Thomas
Lara Bank
Aerostatic and Andrew Bucksbarg

Produced by, a non-profit arts organization
Curated by Lara Bank and Andrew Bucksbarg



August 10th, 2005

Mediatopia.2 fresh!

Artists create art in cyberspace, but can you hang it on a wall?

Mediatopia.2 fresh! assembles an exciting mix of recent net-based work by
a diverse group of neoteric artists, creatives and thinkers. Their fresh,
networked interfaces look to a variety of means to utilize the Internet,
both as creative medium and as a channel to share and distribute their
output. The Internet, with its network functionality and potential for
user interaction, is their creative playground: a form to manipulate and
a means of social or political expression. Mediatopia.2 fresh! is a
net-based opportunity for artists to gain exposure for their culture work.
Mediatopia.2 fresh! is produced by, a non-profit media-arts
organization. Lara Bank and Andrew Bucksbarg worked together to curate a
program from recent work submitted internationally that uses the Internet
as a playground, platform or paintbrush.

Jessica Ivins


Beta Launch of Processing

Processing is an open source programming language and environment for
people who want to program images, animation, and sound. It is used by
students, artists, designers, architects, researchers, and hobbyists for
learning, prototyping, and production. It is created to teach fundamentals
of computer programming within a visual context and to serve as a software
sketchbook and professional production tool. Processing is developed by
artists and designers as an alternative to commercial software tools in
the same domain.

The beta software for Processing 1.0 was released 20 April 2005 and can be
downloaded here. Bug fixes are being made as we head toward the 1.0
release. Processing is free to download and available for Linux, Mac OS X,
and Windows. Please help in releasing version 1.0!

Processing is an open project initiated by Ben Fry (Broad Institute) and
Casey Reas (UCLA Design | Media Arts). Processing evolved from ideas
explored in the Aesthetics and Computation Group at the MIT Media Lab.

Please visit our sister projects:
Wiring, a programming environment and i/o board for prototyping with
electronics and constructing physical machines and interfaces. (coming soon)
Processing Mobile, a programming environment and library for writing
software for mobile phones.

Jessica Ivins


Eyebeam's "Circuit" - A new program for emerging artists

Wed Jul 20, 2005 08:39

Eyebeam has developed Circuit in response to the need for emerging
artists, particularly those exiting graduate-level programs (ie artists
who have not shown their work in a professional setting or outside of
university) to exhibit work and receive professional critique and exposure
to networks within the art and technology community. This three-day
intensive program offers a particular group of artists working and
experimenting with new tools and practices, the opportunity to:

- meet fellow artists working with similar media;
- have the experience of exhibiting work at an art and technology center
in New York City
- receive critique from peers and professional curators, gallerists,
artists, academics, writers, theorists, etc.
- publicly present work during a public event at Eyebeam to gain feedback
from peers, professionals and the public

The program will run three times per year, with a maximum of 6 artist
participants per Circuit program. Please see the information below
regarding the selection process and application timeline.

Selected artists will exhibit their work in Eyebeam's exhibition space for
three days, during which time they will take part in a critique organized
by Eyebeam's Education and Curatorial staff, and present and/or perform
their projects during a public event at Eyebeam at the end of the three

Artists interested in applying to take part in Circuit should view this
program as a way to publicly prototype work under development (ie thesis
projects that are ready for the next level of presentation), and take part
in a rare structured critical discourse outside of the academic setting.
Eyebeam is interested in projects ranging from moving image, sound and
physical computing works, to software, websites, technical prototypes,
performances, workshops and other forms of public interventions.

- Circuit will run three times per year.
- Circuits will be curated to the extent that similarly themed work (in
terms of content and/or medium) will be grouped together to allow for a
more focused critique and informed discussions about the work.
- Selected artists will gather on Thursday morning over coffee and
breakfast before installation begins.
- Set up/install will take place Thursday (all works will be installed by
8pm Thursday) and the artists will have two full days of exhibition on
Friday and Saturday.
- Works will be on-view Friday and Saturday to the public (12-6pm).
- Friday evening at 4:00pm artists will take part in a closed professional
critique with select Eyebeam staff and invited guest critics.
- 6:30 PM on Saturday evening will be a public event designed to give the
participating students an opportunity to present and/or perform their
work, and discuss their projects for 10-15 minutes to an audience in
Eyebeam's space.

Selection Process
Submissions are rolling. A Selection Committee will meet three times in a
year and curate three to four Circuit programs per year based on recurring
themes, content and media amongst the applicants.

Online Application
Go to:

Schedule for the coming year:
Circuit 1: September 8-10, 2005
Call for participants/Letter to schools: June 17, 2005
Deadline: August 22, 2005

Circuit 2: February 9-11, 2006
Call for participants/Letter to schools: November 15, 2005
Deadline: January 16, 2006

Circuit 3: June 8-10, 2006
Call for participants/Letter to schools: March 21, 2006
Deadline: May 19, 2006

Program Contact:
Liz Slagus
Director of Education
212.937.6580 ext. 230

*there is currently no travel budget, although we would like to consider
non-New York residents. Grad students should check with their respective
programs for available funds.

Jessica Ivins

Jessica Ivins
New Museum of Contemporary Art
210 11th Avenue 2nd Floor
NYC, NY 10001

tel. 212.219.1288 X 208
fax. 212.431.5328


Keeper of Expired Web Pages Is Sued Because Archive Was Used in Another Suit

Keeper of Expired Web Pages Is Sued Because Archive Was Used in Another Suit

Published: July 13, 2005

The Internet Archive was created in 1996 as the institutional memory of
the online world, storing snapshots of ever-changing Web sites and
collecting other multimedia artifacts. Now the nonprofit archive is on the
defensive in a legal case that represents a strange turn in the debate
over copyrights in the digital age.

Beyond its utility for Internet historians, the Web page database,
searchable with a form called the Wayback Machine, is also routinely used
by intellectual property lawyers to help learn, for example, when and how
a trademark might have been historically used or violated.

That is what brought the Philadelphia law firm of Harding Earley Follmer &
Frailey to the Wayback Machine two years ago. The firm was defending
Health Advocate, a company in suburban Philadelphia that helps patients
resolve health care and insurance disputes, against a trademark action
brought by a similarly named competitor.

In preparing the case, representatives of Earley Follmer used the Wayback
Machine to turn up old Web pages - some dating to 1999 - originally posted
by the plaintiff, Healthcare Advocates of Philadelphia.

Last week Healthcare Advocates sued both the Harding Earley firm and the
Internet Archive, saying the access to its old Web pages, stored in the
Internet Archive's database, was unauthorized and illegal.

The lawsuit, filed in Federal District Court in Philadelphia, seeks
unspecified damages for copyright infringement and violations of two
federal laws: the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Computer Fraud
and Abuse Act.

"The firm at issue professes to be expert in Internet law and intellectual
property law," said Scott S. Christie, a lawyer at the Newark firm of
McCarter & English, which is representing Healthcare Advocates. "You would
think, of anyone, they would know better."

But John Earley, a member of the firm being sued, said he was not
surprised by the action, because Healthcare Advocates had tried to amend
similar charges to its original suit against Health Advocate, but the
judge denied the motion. Mr. Earley called the action baseless, adding:
"It's a rather strange one, too, because Wayback is used every day in
trademark law. It's a common tool."

The Internet Archive uses Web-crawling "bot" programs to make copies of
publicly accessible sites on a periodic, automated basis. Those copies are
then stored on the archive's servers for later recall using the Wayback

The archive's repository now has approximately one petabyte - roughly one
million gigabytes - worth of historical Web site content, much of which
would have been lost as Web site owners deleted, changed and otherwise
updated their sites.

The suit contends, however, that representatives of Harding Earley should
not have been able to view the old Healthcare Advocates Web pages - even
though they now reside on the archive's servers - because the company,
shortly after filing its suit against Health Advocate, had placed a text
file on its own servers designed to tell the Wayback Machine to block
public access to the historical versions of the site.

Under popular Web convention, such a file - known as robots.txt - dictates
what parts of a site can be examined for indexing in search engines or
storage in archives.

Most search engines program their Web crawlers to recognize a robots.txt
file, and follow its commands. The Internet Archive goes a step further,
allowing Web site administrators to use the robots.txt file to control the
archiving of current content, as well as block access to any older
versions already stored in the archive's database before a robots.txt file
was put in place.

But on at least two dates in July 2003, the suit states, Web logs at
Healthcare Advocates indicated that someone at Harding Earley, using the
Wayback Machine, made hundreds of rapid-fire requests for the old versions
of the Web site. In most cases, the robot.txt blocked the request. But in
92 instances, the suit states, it appears to have failed, allowing access
to the archived pages.

In so doing, the suit claims, the law firm violated the Digital Millennium
Copyright Act, which prohibits the circumventing of "technological
measures" designed to protect copyrighted materials. The suit further
contends that among other violations, the firm violated copyright by
gathering, storing and transmitting the archived pages as part of the
earlier trademark litigation.

The Internet Archive, meanwhile, is accused of breach of contract and
fiduciary duty, negligence and other charges for failing to honor the
robots.txt file and allowing the archived pages to be viewed.

Brewster Kahle, the director and a founder of the Internet Archive, was
unavailable for comment, and no one at the archive was willing to talk
about the case - although Beatrice Murch, Mr. Kahle's assistant and a
development coordinator, said the organization had not yet been formally
served with the suit.

Mr. Earley, the lawyer whose firm is named along with the archive,
however, said no breach was ever made. "We wouldn't know how to, in
effect, bypass a block." he said.

Even if they had, it is unclear that any laws would have been broken.

"First of all, robots.txt is a voluntary mechanism," said Martijn Koster,
a Dutch software engineer and the author of a comprehensive tutorial on
the robots.txt convention ( "It is designed to let Web site
owners communicate their wishes to cooperating robots. Robots can ignore

William F. Patry, an intellectual property lawyer with Thelen Reid &
Priest in New York and a former Congressional copyright counsel, said that
violations of the copyright act and other statutes would be extremely hard
to prove in this case.

He said that the robots.txt file is part of an entirely voluntary system,
and that no real contract exists between the nonprofit Internet Archive
and any of the historical Web sites it preserves.

"The archive here, they were being the good guys," Mr. Patry said,
referring to the archive's recognition of robots.txt commands. "They
didn't have to do that."

Mr. Patry also noted that despite Healthcare Advocates' desire to prevent
people from seeing its old pages now, the archived pages were once posted
openly by the company. He asserted that gathering them as part of fending
off a lawsuit fell well within the bounds of fair use.

Whatever the circumstances behind the access, Mr. Patry said, the sole
result "is that information that they had formerly made publicly available
didn't stay hidden."

Jessica Ivins