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

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, 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.


* Achieved reputation as Open Source visionarys with interviews by Interactive Week, Infoworld, Fortune Technology, Open magazine among others.
* National Columnist on Money Matters for
* 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
* 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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Genius 2000 was at my 5-year birthday party

In the dim past of remembered dates with girls who used me for non-sexual
pleasures, I bring forth a comprehension of why that damn teacher of my
kindergarten years called me names when I brought cupcakes to class to
celebrate my birthday without telling her that I was going to do so. Lack of
control...she could not even fucking control a 5 year old kid. I remember that
loathsome, red, blotted face yelling at me as if I were still standing in front
of her foul body. I remember the faces of my smirking classmates who before
were friends, who now became part of THEM. I remember the day I became someone
else. The day I decided to refuse to be controlled.

Ruff, Ruff.

Joseph Franklyn McElroy
Cor[porat]e [Per]form[ance] Art[ist]


Re: FLUXLIST: Re: An Art Service - Getting Dressed

> the longings of net-artist comes out from the urge for elemental
> expression.
> via interactiva/net-art plunged into depth of human experience:
> images & explorations, words, icons & music, graffitti & cartoons
> concentrated, heightened, justapoxed (methamorfosis take place
> in oppositte direction), the poem of the junkyard of my whole life;

The depth of human experience is human, not machine led. We get only facsimile,
yet, like art before, it will have to do, to communicate the experience of one
to the other. Or the other to the one. Indeed, a most elemental need.

> let the body explore with fresh, wide-eye of child
> open mind

Fresh, like rodents along a highway, killed by passing tires? Exploring holds
dangers for us little mice, so a farewell to fear is a solemn rite we must
perform. Bringing forth the last victim on a gurney, a virtual symbol of our
determination to conquer the terrors. If we were children, a shortage of
stacks in the library would shield us, however, as adults, we cannot rid
ourselves of books. They are too heavy. So, we must use the books to crush the
nasty cockroaches. Then, we can sit and explore with ease. An open mind, is a
mind without fear.

Joseph Franklyn McElroy
Cor[porat]e [Per]form[ance] Art[ist]


Re: Portraits of Life in Net.Art

Quoting Eryk Salvaggio <>:
> Well, people live there, but it's a Portrait of the City, not of the
> people who live there.
> A portrait implies an image of the face but it is not necessarily
> inherent to human faces.
> A study of the form of a town is a portrait of the town's face; this is
> what I wanted to
> get at with the whole thing.

Interesting, I would call a portrait not only the physical characteristics, but
the character as well...also, I would like to see some character of the artist
to come through. I think you have nailed the navigation part of walking
through a town - i really like it. But I think the character comes from its

> I had considered the addition of alt-text tags for things, explaining
> the towns history
> and whatnot; but I decided against it. For one, the piece gives you a
> pretty good
> conception of what walking through the town is like; and two, overkill
> on explanations
> seemed to distract from the feel of it. For future "documentaries" in
> the same style
> I will probably add them in; to emphasize the educational/documentarian
> element of
> the work I'm trying to do.

I think the words would serve to bring your character into the portrait,
something I would desire to see.

Joseph Franklyn McElroy
Cor[porat]e [Per]form[ance] Art[ist]


Re: FW: Creative Commons News

I talked to a lawyer friend of my about Creative Commons who is an expert in
Open Source licenses, here is his response:

"My concerns are from a legal ethics viewpoint. First, I think it's the
giving of legal advice, which should not be done absent a client-attorney
relationship. Second, I see people having more questions that answers
provided by the site. They're going to have to answer a lot of email or
phone calls to get people who really have something worth while to buy-in.
Plus, if it doesn't provide assistance in determining who is the owner, I
can already see people releasing their stuff / licensing IP to which they
have no right to license. There's are just a few of the issues I see.
Basically, this demand is not one that the efficiencies of the Internet can
facilitate answers to. But, maybe I'm just a naysayer. Hopefully, I'm
wrong and this turns out to be extremely successful"

Joseph Franklyn McElroy
Cor[porat]e [Per]form[ance] Art[ist]


Re: And the Ghettoization of the Internet has started

Another company has staked out the .pro domain and will only give these
addresses to professionals who are certified accountants, lawyers, and
doctors. The large certification organizations are part of the ruling class.
Watch legislation to see if laws are passed to allow only certain protocals to
be used for accounting data - the protocals conveniently used by Microsoft
programs (Microsoft and JD Edwards gave $50 million to accounting certification
org to develop them). They already did for patient data in the medical
industry (HIPPA).

Joseph Franklyn McElroy
Cor[porat]e [Per]form[ance] Art[ist]