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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Bronx Library

So an interesting development for myself and my wife - we had a piece
accepted by the curator of a show for the Bronx Library system to be
shown at the Mott Haven Library - the up and coming arts area of the
Bronx - anyway, one of the library administrators, a Bob Bellinger
(*) *for some unspecified reason rejected it -
perhaps because the peice explicitly stated that we were interested in
investigating whether the library is an agent of hegomony - or perhaps
he was having a bad day - whatever, he doesn't give his reasons....

anyway, just by way of warning, don't go to the Bronx and challenge the
library system with your art...

for anyone interested - here is a link - it is a huge file but does have
a progress indicator.

joseph mcelroy
joseph and donna
corporate performance artists
brotherhood winery direct
an incubator
some art


furthernoise live : Chris Vine and Mark Francombe - See @ The POINT in da Bronx presents:

Visitors Studio A/V Performances
by Chris Vine and Mark Francombe
[please note, broadcast may include strobe lighting]

Sunday 4th September 2005
15.00 - 17.00 GMT

New York - 11 am
UK - 4pm
Norway - 5pm
Parana, Brazil - 12pm
Melbourne - 1 am (Monday 5th)

Online and broadcast live at the Theatre of The Point Community
Development Corporation. Hunts Point, The Bronx, New York from 11 am to
1pm. [ ]

featured artists:

Chris Vine

Associated with the 'Downtempo' jazz scenes in New York and Washington
DC during the 1980's and guitarist with Ted Miltons UK cult punk jazz
group Blurt during the 90's, Chris Vine is an innovative musician,
composer and artist. He is a founding member of the Canton Opera Company
which collages baroque arias with abstract soundscapes and is currently
touring Brazil performing a live score with dance theatre company Verve
Companhia de Danca. He will be mixing live from his home in Londrina,
Parana, Brazil.

Mark Francombe

Mark Francombe is a composer, performer and artist with a well heeled
reputation for experimental electronic and improvised music. A founding
member and guitarist of the 1980's UK indie band the Cranes he recorded
and toured extensively throughout world before moving to Norway in 1997.
His music features heavily treated, modified, processed and improvised,
baritone guitar which he releases through small independent CDR labels
including his own Synch Non Synch label. His recent album Ear, Nose &
Throat is released through Oslo based Synesthetic Recordings and is
featured in the current edition of Furthernoise where he also
contributes as a reviewer. He will be performing from his home in Oslo.
[ ]

The event opens with Chris Vine followed by Mark Francombe, and both
will be around online afterwards to chat about their work as the studio
is opened again for visitors to join the mix.

enquiries: roger[at]


Re: Social Safety Netz

I isn't going to catch on if there isn't a better explanation of how it

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Re: Re: Fwd: rally to end "owner occupancy" mass evictions this weekend

good response, deal (though I am sure we both won't be perfectly
hygenic), so where now? It's a quandry, to balance sensitivity with
practicality. To be sympathetic without having a blindfold, to pick the
"right" battles, to not encourage weakness but instead stimulate growth.
We could discuss rent controls for a very long time, and not resolve
their merits, at least I don't have the time to research it properly
(years). So it comes down to gut decisions based on half-assed facts
and opinions formed over a lifetime. I personally think that
progressive cultural, political, and intellectual efforts often get
hijacked by sentimental causes with underlying false premises and
selfish interests.


ryan griffis wrote:

>> Cut the shit ryan and stop trying to sound so smart by asking
>> questions... answer them for us please. And for gawd sakes keep it
>> short.
>> joseph
> i'll stop "trying to sound so smart" (astute analysis, btw) if you
> stop trying to sound so tough. deal?
> sorry if i take some issues to be more complicated than a one liner, i
> know how precious bandwidth is.
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Re: Re: Fwd: rally to end "owner occupancy" mass evictions this weekend

Cut the shit ryan and stop trying to sound so smart by asking
questions... answer them for us please. And for gawd sakes keep it short.


ryan griffis wrote:

> hi judsoN, joseph + all,
>>> call me stupid
>> what's wrong with "ryan"??
> it's OK i guess ;)
>> then you will trust, that if you do loose your home to some disaster,
>> a better opportunity can come out of it. when it does, you'll be
>> open enough to snatch it. now, you will still know the odds of
>> winning the lottery and buying a house exasctly like your old one,
>> but maybe you meet a disaster relief person, decide to join, they
>> send you to zaire and you decide this the greatest opportunity of
>> your life. you had never even considered it before. we can't always
>> stay open to every possibility at all times. but you have to have
>> faith that when disaster strikes, it will point you where you should
>> open up.
> i can relate to this on a first-person level, i.e. trying to make the
> best of a situation, but i don't know that it's always possible to
> find that beneficial hook to events that seem bad. and i don't know
> that i can agree about protests being anachronistic. i do think that
> their function has changed, and i think they have become more of a
> collectivizing/carnivalesque form of organization. i see them as
> trying to make an opportunity out of a "negative" event, and in a way
> that is not exclusively reactionary. it can be a moment of forming
> community around issues/places/ideas that extends beyond notions of
> "anti-war" for example. kind of like how religious gatherings are
> about practicing/learning how to live based on metaphysical levels,
> demonstrations/protests can be seen as exercises in collective civics,
> dissent, and/or spontaneous fun. (not that these things need to be
> mutually exclusive)
> Joseph wrote:
> "The argument for rent control is often put forth on grounds of
> equity. Tenants as a group have less wealth than landlords, and this
> housing policy is a way of increasing the income of the latter and
> decreasing that of the former. This is not to say that rent control
> /transfers /wealth from landlord to tenant. It cannot be doubted that
> controls dissipate the wealth of the owners of residential rental
> units. But it is the rare tenant who actually gains thereby. Certainly
> this does not apply to the renter who is frozen out of the controlled
> sector, and must avail himself of what is available in the newer
> uncontrolled area. Nor does it hold true for the tenant, such as in
> the South Bronx, who sees the services supplied by his unit
> deteriorate to the low level of this rent, and even below. No, gains
> go only to the relatively rare tenant in a good neighborhood, located
> in a high rise with many vacancy decontrols (so that the landlord has
> both the wherewithal and the incentive to maintain the building in
> good repair). Rent control thus not so much transfers money from poor
> tenants to rich landlords as it impoverishes both" Walter Block (you
> might note that Prof Block has a nice little resume).
> thanks for that link, i'll have to read more. but based on the quote
> above, i have the following questions:
> what does it mean to say that the tenant in the south bronx sees
> her/his quality of service "deteriorate to the low level of this
> rent"? i don't understand the monetary value that is being discussed
> here. as my example of LA earlier mentioned, the market rate of
> housing in LA is seemingly based on something other than wages, the
> national (or even local) rate of inflation or what HUD deems is fair
> market value. this is where my problem with classical economics (and
> the dominant model of supply and demand) comes in. the quote above,
> maybe a major misreading, sounds an awful lot like arguments against
> regulation of economics in any form, as if any of our economy works as
> a natural ecosystem that has its own "equilibrium" established by some
> geo-biological mechanisms. i just can't buy it, when the evidence of
> hard core regulations (the case of the FHA, auto manufacturers and
> redlining being the most obvious related examples, along with the
> earlier example of section 8 i gave before) to make it work in favor
> of those that espouse "free market" rhetoric is so visible (to
> non-specialists). if the incentive to maintain a building properly is
> diminished by rent control (land value regulation), why is that?
> the other major question i have is: what renter is "frozen out of the
> controlled sector"? and why is that (who is doing the "freezing")? i
> don't think we can discuss the pitfalls of housing regulation (which
> rent control is obviously part of) without looking at the context it
> operates in. i'm not arguing for everyone to fight for "upwardly
> mobile" residents and their renters' rights, but i don't think it's
> either realistic or more progressive to claim deregulation as the
> answer to housing problems. paying for health insurance undoubtedly
> dissipates the wealth of CEOs and middle managers, but many argue this
> benefits the employer as well as the employee (unless one takes
> walmart's view that employees are pretty much expendable and there are
> more than enough unskilled people to take over for the sick). if the
> monetary value of land is regulated in a comprehensive way, i don't
> see how this negatively impacts the owners in a way that justifies not
> regulating it. if their cost for housing is also regulated - which
> would include property taxation, general construction, utilities -
> owners would benefit as well as renters. i'm sure some, or all, of
> this is discussed by Block, so this is a quick response without having
> read through, so i apologize for that.
> i can anticipate a real politik answer to this, but i just don't
> accept the "that's the way things work" answer to policy problems.
> policies are created, maintained and abandoned everyday, and i don't
> think it's idealism to work for different policy. it's not changing
> the weather.
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