FLACK ATTACK: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
We invite you to contribute to Flack Attack, a new magazine coming out of T=
he Port (http://www.theport.tv/
), a community-driven space initiated by Sim=
on Goldin & Jakob Senneby inside the online 3D world Second Life (http://se=
condlife.com/). The production process of Flack Attack will be continually =
featured on artport (http://artport.whitney.org/
), the Whitney Museum's por=
tal to Internet Art, as a gate page during the month of December 2005. Usin=
g The Port as a point of departure we are pursuing a series of investigatio=
ns into the potential of networked public spheres and the organization of p=
The production model of Flack Attack magazine is based on the wiki concept =
and the workflow starts with the set-up of the wiki at http://www.flackattack.org
The theme of the first issue is "Flack Attack on Autonomy": Autonomy as a c=
omplex concept in any governed situation. What does it mean to be autonomou=
s within predefined social codes? Does the notion of autonomy contradict a =
common language and shared references?
In the specific case of online worlds the challenge is readily illustrated =
by the fact that all interaction takes place inside someone else's programm=
ed code. But the same basic dilemma can be applied to any institution we fi=
nd ourselves in, be it a nation, a family or an economy.
The wiki is open to all, and we encourage a wide range of contributions on =
the topic of autonomy: everything from the structural and analytical to the=
personal and anecdotal.
Contributions can take the form of
+alterations / remixes of other contributions
Please submit your contributions between now and December19 at http://www.f=lackattack.org
An editorial office is being set up at The Port (inside the online world Se=
cond Life). Open meetings for discussing and editing the wiki contributions=
will be held at the office three times a week during December. All final d=
ecisions about the magazine and what will be included in the printed versio=
n will be made at the editorial meetings. The more you engage, the more you=
will be able to influence the outcome.
The editorial office will also function as design studio, community center,=
and place for further reflection.
The editorial meetings will take place every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday =
in December, starting on Thursday, December 1 (editorial offices will be cl=
osed on Sunday December 25). Meeting times will be as follows (depending on=
your time zone):
Tuesdays (December 6, 13, 20, 27):
1 AM West Coast USA
4 AM East Coast USA
9 AM UK
10 AM Central Europe
6 PM Japan
Thursdays (December 1, 8, 15, 22, 2):
5 PM West Coast USA
8 PM East Coast USA
Friday 1 AM UK
Friday 2 AM Central Europe
Friday 10 AM Japan
Sundays (December 4, 11, 18)
1 PM West Coast USA
4 PM East Coast USA
9 PM UK
10 PM Central Europe
Monday 6 AM Japan
For those who will visit The Port and Second Life for the first time, pleas=
e proceed as follows: Go to http://secondlife.com/
to get a free acount and=
a personal avatar (you need to give credit card details for security). Sim=
ply follow the instructions, download the customized software on your compu=
ter, and design your avatar. Allow yourself approx. 2 hours for this. Then =
click "Find" and search for "The Port" under "Places" (checking the "includ=
e mature areas" box). Click "Teleport" and you will arrive at The Port!
If you need help or have any questions when in Second Life, please send IM =
(Instant Message) to VoyeurOne Baron or Sorgaard Jacques.
The process of working with Flack Attack will be continually mediated throu=
gh artport (http://artport.whitney.org/
), the Whitney Museum's portal to In=
ternet Art between 1 and 31 December.
By the end of December the first issue of Flack Attack will be published. W=
e are planning to distribute it as PDF and print-on-demand via artport.
(In addition, free printed copies might be distributed through the bookstor=
e of the Whitney Museum in New York).
Simon Goldin & Jakob Senneby, Initiators of The Port & Flack Attack
The Port: http://www.theport.tv/
Flack Attack: http://www.flackattack.org
Second Life: http://secondlife.com/