Jim Andrews
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Works in Victoria Canada

Jim Andrews does http://vispo.com . He is a poet-programmer and audio guy. His work explores the new media possibilities of poetry, and seeks to synthesize the poetical with other arts and media.
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Re: Karl Young

> thank you for posting this jim-- so relevant art historically, especially
> vis a vis new media art -- the pre-homepage days barely exist in most
> narratives of the field!! best, rachel
> > Many will be familiar with Karl Young's work on the Light & Dust anthology at
> > http://www.thing.net/~grist/l&d/lighthom.htm , which is very different from
> > ubu.com but similar
> > in that much of the work is archival of pre-web avant garde visual poetry.
> > Karl's anthology is
> > less full of big names than the www.ubu.com archive, but it also has a deeper
> > life in the art of
> > the 60's-90's, with particular focus on North American work, but certainly no
> > shortage of work
> > from around the world, and the best coverage on the Web concerning, say, the
> > Lettristes, among
> > other relatively little-known but scintillating phenomena.
> >
> > I see he has put together an extensive site on his own work now at
> > http://www.thing.net/~grist/ld/young/young.htm . This is fascinating work in
> > its range and
> > commentary.
> >
> > ja

Yes, Karl Young's site is an important site that's of relevance to web/net artists. I have found
pre-Web pieces there in visual poetry that relate strongly to the techniques and aspirations of
the Web.artists. If you look at http://www.thing.net/~grist/l&d/lettrist/lettrist.htm , for
instance, you see an approach to language associated with Isou and the Lettrists that
concentrates on the communicative possibilities of the letter, as opposed to
words-sentences-paragraphs-etc. I'd been doing this myself for a few years before I ran across
Karl's page on the Lettrists, and was delighted to find work there I'd heard about vaguely but
had never encountered directly. There are also interesting essays toward the bottom of
http://www.thing.net/~grist/l&d/lighthom.htm I've found rewarding concerning the materiality of
language and concrete poetry, langu(im)age.

The art of the past is indeed relevant to web/net art. It's instructive to read books like
Lev's, and Darren Toft's A Pre-History of Cyberspace, and books such as The Art of Memory by
Francis Yates, which explores the intermedia of Giordano Bruno (who was executed in the
Inquisition for various heresies, among which was his heliocentrism), and look at the work of
people such as Richard Kostelanetz, bp Nichol, Steve McCaffery, Laurie Anderson, Burroughs,
Gregory Whitehead, Helen Thorington etc--some of whom, like Helen, are by no means historical
figures but are doing energetic work on the Web--intermedia and multimedia do not begin with the

Yet, in A Pre-History of Cyberspace, for instance, there is a tendency to explain the Web away
as a derivative of history. And any web/net artist is familiar with strong resistance to the
notion that there is anything new or of value about it, that it is galleryless or not
authoritatively published second rate work awash in an over-commercialized sea of porn,
cybermalls, and baby pictures. So that while historicizing criticism is useful, one also feels
the drag of the forces of dullness in wanting it to stay there.

In "Toward an Ideal Anthology" ( http://www.thing.net/~grist/ld/young/ide-anth.htm ), Karl Young
says of poetry and the Web:

"[Poetry] may continue as a form of exploration rather than certainty. Poetry may fare better in
such an environment than it did in the 20th Century, though it may change beyond recognition in
the process."

He's big enough to say that without the sort of fear and suspicion that one detects in so much
criticism of poetical/intermedial web/net art that would lump the art away as another form of
fascist Italian Futurism naive about technology, for instance.

Web/net artists do need to look at the past carefully, but also press on with great energy into
the unknown. Web/net art that is at pains to historicize itself is often trapped in the modes of
perception of other media in ways that defeat it. I'm from a writing and audio background; I
hear a lot of web writers declaiming about the importance of the past while producing Web work
that would be better off in a book or on an email list. Web/net artists need to go where such
work dares not go. Not 'change for the sake of novelty'; but we see how meaning is drained from
work that is ignorant of or in denial of its own context. As though there was a meaning drain at
the bottom of the monitor. Archival work like Karl Young's work on Light & Dust is different
that way, precisely because it is archival and was not made for current media; we approach it
not as work for the Web but as a gift from the past meant for different media, and we seek the
relations of that archival work to the current situation.



Enigma n^2

meaning is what an explanation of meaning explains"
Ludwig Wittgenstein

Enigma n^2 is an experimental audio/visual work of sound/code poetry and interactive/generative
music at http://vispo.com/animisms/enigman2 . It is meant to be played loudly.

It's related to an interactive visual poem from 98 called Enigma n at
http://vispo.com/animisms/enigman/meaning.html . No audio in this one.

The basic "material" of both of them is the word "meaning" and poem-sized coding. Enigma n^2
requires Shockwave and speakers. Enigma n requires a version 4+ browser. Enigma n is a
philosophical poetry toy for poets and philosophers from the age of 4 up.



Re: Some New Projects

This is beautiful work, Michael. I am curious about the first piece, in particular. I get the
connection with Vivaldi, but am not familiar with the other music used in the piece. What's
going on there?


> -----Original Message-----
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> mchlsllm
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> Subject: RHIZOME_RAW: Some New Projects
> -
> s e a s o n s
> http://incident.net/works/seasons/
> > Inspire par les oeuvres musicales de Vivaldi, Cage, Oswald et Xenakis.
> > Inspired by musical work of Vivaldi, Cage, Oswald and Xenakis.
> -
> e c h o e s
> http://incident.net/works/echoes/
> > Projet de "Fields recordings" sur les relations ecologies/economies.
> > Project of "Fields recordings" on the ecology/economy relations.
> -
> d e v a n t l e s y e u x
> http://incident.net/hors/landscape/devantlesyeux/
> > Sur le desir et les envies inabordables.
> > On the inaccessible desire and desires.
> -
> d a y n i g h t
> http://incident.net/hors/landscape/daynight/
> > L'impression de vitesse au coucher et au lever de soleil.
> > Impression speed to sleeping and the sunrise.
> -
> s t e r e o
> http://incident.net/hors/landscape/stereo/
> > Minimalisme sonore et visuel, sterephonie.
> > Sound and visual Minimalism, sterephony.
> -
> >> Tous les commentaires sont bienvenus. :)
> >> Desole pour les envois multiples.
> >> All comments are welcome. :)
> >> Sorry for multiple posts.
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> http://incident.net/works/networks/
> http://incident.net/works/scenario/
> http://rhizome.org/artbase/2855/