joseph mcelroy
Since 2002
Works in New York United States of America

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BIO
The McElroys are a husband and wife collaborative artist, technology, and business team who bring significant artistic, technology and community development skills to Corporate Performance Artists. Joseph, is a graduate of Computer Science from Duke University and a former team leader at IBM. He has been a CEO of several companies, and has been responsible for raising $2 million to fund a startup company called EveryDayPrint.com, which while part of the dot-com boom and bust, he managed to bring to profitability and which still survives to this day.

Donna was an operations manager and PR specialist in the firms they have started together. She has recently been credited by several business leaders in the Bronx as being "top spokesperson for the Bronx." She is active in many community development projects, such as participating on the Board of the Bruckner Arts and Antique District, and working to promote many Bronx activities through an online newsletter called Cupcake Kaleidoscope.

Joseph was the leader of the Open Source Sig for the New York Software Industry Association. And was track co-chair for Open Source at the 2001 New York Software Industry Summit. He was on the advisory board for PostgreSql, Inc - the leading Open Source Database and has had articles published by Lutris Technologies and Open Magazine on Open Source business models and technology solutions. He is a database expert with extensive Fortune 500 experience. Among other awards, he won an IBM Division Award for Technical Excellence.

From magazine "Open" issue September 2001 - "The McElroys kick open the doors of old business models and capitalize on what they believe." The McElroys have achieved re-known as Open Source visionaries with interviews by Interactive Week, Infoworld, Fortune Technology, Open magazine, and others. Joseph and Donna make no claims of divine insight, but in review by Lewis Lacock, it is said, "that this dynamic duo of art are the closest things we have to true shamans today". They are doing their best to pursue the knowledge to support such claims someday.

HIGHLIGHTS

* Achieved reputation as Open Source visionarys with interviews by Interactive Week, Infoworld, Fortune Technology, Open magazine among others.
* National Columnist on Money Matters for Gather.com.
* Judge for the Advanced Technical Categories of the Emmys.
* Successfully raised $2 million funding for startup.
* Successfully built and sold two technology businesses.
* First Entry into the Multimedia wing of the Museum of Computer Art.
* Artwork collected by the Library at Cornell University.
* Artwork in the collection of Rhizome.org.
* Developed first ever Exhibition Catalog completely on CD Rom. Done for Alternative Museum. Reviewed by New York Times.
* Selected to attend first ever Summer Institute for Performance Art at The Kitchen in NYC.
* IBM Division Award for Technical Excellence.
* Various academic, mathematic and scholarship awards. Attended Duke University on a full scholarship in mathematics.
* Poetry published in various journals. Art exhibited in museum shows.
* Certificate of Artistic Excellence from Congressman Jose Serrano.
* Recognized by Bronx Borough President Aldofo Carrion for contributions to the community.
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DISCUSSION

Breaking the Ice


Hello Michael Connor,

I am writing in response since Michael Szpakowski asked me to take a look and give my thoughts. Long ago I was an active member and net-artist, essentially a respected gadfly to the main goings on here. I used to argue quite a bit. Since then, my activities have brought me into the mainstream of online marketing where I have a bit of success, and which have brought me to a focus on community marketing.

While I haven't been active, I have observed over the years that Rhizome has blurred its understanding of the community it serves. Originally, the mailing list served a community of makers and proponents. Those trying to share ideas on making net-art and excited about the possibilities of the future. What is it now? What does it want to be? I have been closely paying attention so I can't really answer those questions - but I am sure it is no longer the makers.

If you are seriously going to revive the community of Rhizome, at least with regard to the makers, then I ask you to consider what are the values you share in common with the community and how will you communicate those values? What is the emotional code of that community that will make content resonate? And most importantly, to make you a necessary member of the community as an organization… how will you empower the community? If you have a clear understanding of the community, and can answer those three questions you can at least provide useful content - though I suspect that a dedicated approach to community could do a lot more - perhaps respark a renaissance or create a real market.

DISCUSSION

Hand Built


So I wouldn't normally post this (and I haven't posted in years), but an interesting thing I have
noticed.  I hand-built a desktop to be the height I need (as opposed
to by one of those adjustable desks that just seemed ridiculous for
the price) and I am finding that after 30 years of technology
offices (from lush to spare), I am actually enjoying being in the
office again - the smell, feel, and color of hand-built desk
furniture makes the room feel richer and more vibrant.  It is a very emotional reaction. Any other
furniture or accessory make this happen for someone?  Additionally, has anybody contemplated what years and years (over 30 now for me) in front of computer screens 8+ hours a day 5-6 days a week, 50 weeks a year really does to somebody? How does this impact more generally?  Is there a historic reference - ie - I found that I had to move to drafting stools to sit because my knees where getting hurt by years of 90 degree angle sitting - did draftsmen sit so long?  Did anybody stare so long at a fixed space in front of them?

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DISCUSSION

Call For Artists: Searching For God


Actually, with Visual Basic for Applications, powerpoint functionality could be extended in a fairly unlimited fashion - though the ease of such extension would probably exceed the time and capabilities of most. My main objection to this call is the arrogance of its nature. If the author is not a believer in god, it is very cynical in nature. If the author is a believer in god, it dictates a specific set of beliefs under the guise of a secular intellectual investigation. It further extends the arrogance by providing a very limited scope of acceptable deliverables - as if this investigation could be constrained to an easily defined domain.

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Call For Artists: Searching For God


also, please delete every post with the word "point" or "pointless" in it - including this one. I just don't see the point.

DISCUSSION

Call For Artists: Searching For God


In the beginning, God created the software and the hardware. And the software was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the programmers. And God said, Let there be code: and there were code. And God saw the code, that it was good; and God blessed the code for the programmers. And God called the code open and the programmers he called at night. And thus the programmers and the code resulted in the first pay. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the computers, and let it connect the computers from the computers. And God made the firmament, and divided the computers which were under the firmament from the computers which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Internet. And the evening and the morning were the second day.And God said, Let the programmers of the Internet be gathered together unto design teams, and let corporations appear: and it was so. And God called the corporations Dot-Coms; and the gathering together of the programmers called he Dot-Commers: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the Dot-Commers bring forth grass, the herb yielding speed, and the store yielding pizza after its kind, whose cheeze is in itself, upon the Dot-Commers: and it was so.And the Dot-Commers brought forth grass, and herb yielding speed, and the store yielding pizza, whose cheeze was in itself, after its kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day. And God said, Let there be firewalls and keys in the Internet to divide the public from the private; and let them be for Verisigns, and for MicroSofts, and for IBMs, and hackers: And let them be for false security in the Internet to give false confidence to people of the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the domain addresses, and the lesser light to rule all the media: he made the Internet Stars also. And God set them in the publicy machine of the Internet to give light upon the earth and money unto the Dot-Coms, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day. And God said, Let the Internet bring forth abundantly the IPO that hath life, and corporate jets that may fly above the earth. And God created great CEOs, and every employee that moveth to the lure of stock options, which the old economy companies brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every independent MBA student after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the coffers in the banks, and let stocks multiply on the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day. And God said, Let the earth bring forth the investors after his kind, the suckers, and creeping thing, and every loser of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the loser of the earth after his kind, and investors after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let us make analyst and CFOs in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the stock market, and over the foul Venture Capitalists , and over the investors, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created analysts and CFOs in his own image, in the image of God created he them; bear and bull created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the stock market, and over the foul Venture Capitalists, and over every living investor that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing speed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every Dot-Com, in which is the fruit of an IPO yielding sweet rewards; to you it shall be for meat. And to every investor of the earth, and to every foul Venture Capitalist, and to every money-grubbing thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is greed, I have given every green cash for investment: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And unto the programmers God gave a great blessing, that a great reward, a mobility, would spring forth and inspire them unto great things. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Thus the computers and the Internet were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.