Melinda Rackham
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Works in North Adelaide Australia

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BIO
Over the past fifteen years Melinda Rackham has engaged with emergent practices and hybrid artforms as a pioneering networked artist, writer, curator, media consultant and cultural producer.

Melinda was the first Curator of Networked Media at the Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI) and in 2002 she established -empyre-, one of the world’s leading online critical theory forums. As Director of the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) - Melinda lead Australia's foremost cultural research and emerging technologies organisation to new levels of public engagement.

Currently Adjunct Professor in the School of Media and Comminications at RMIT University, Dr Rackham's interests focus on the intertwining cultural, aesthetic, technological and conceptual aspects of networked, virtual, distributed, multi-user environments, and responsive and wearable art practices.
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DISCUSSION

-empyre- Alter-Form - Mez and Hideki Nakazawa


To kick off our last session for the year -empyre-
http://www.subtle.net/empyre
takes pleasure in introducing our September Guests - two artists working
with very different
forms:

--->Australian Mez will discuss the projected self in networked space -
representation which allows for constant revision and a certain amount of
slippage in terms of personality construction within public/private notions
of space. Mez, constructs unique code/net.wurks via her pioneering
net.language "mezangelle", and is also a networked jillaroo, an online
journalist and co-moderator of the _arc.hive_ experimental mailing list. her
award winning works have been exhibited extensively internationally since
the early 90's, and is currently showing in The Pleasure of Language at
Montevideo, Amsterdam.

--->Artist Hideki Nakazawa from Tokyo will discuss the
Methodicist Manifesto - an logical approach to pure Art, Poetry and
Sound composition. Hideki has been working as a multimedia artist since the
early 1990's producing multimedia works like the floppy magazine Japan Art
Today, software like Digital Nendo, and patents for his "Device for
processing a 3-D image" and "Solid Object Generation." He turned a pure
artist in 1997, and thereafter created logical works in succession using
letters or go-stones, showing internationally, and recently published "The
Lives of Western Painters", currently available in Japanese.

-empyre-admin-
Adrain Miles | Christina McPhee | Melinda Rackham

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Mez... http://www.hotkey.net.au/~netwurker
The Pleasure of Language...
http://www.montevideo.nl/www/english/current.htm

Hideki Nakazawa ... http://www.aloalo.co.jp/nakazawa/
Method ... http://www.aloalo.co.jp/nakazawa/method/

DISCUSSION

-empyre- Alter-Form - Mez and Hideki Nakazawa


To kick off our last session for the year -empyre- takes pleasure in
introducing our September Guests two artists working with very different
forms:

--->Australian Mez will discuss the projected self in networked space -
representation which allows for constant revision and a certain amount of
slippage in terms of personality construction within public/private notions
of space. Mez, constructs unique code/net.wurks via her pioneering
net.language "mezangelle", and is also a networked jillaroo, an online
journalist and co-moderator of the _arc.hive_ experimental mailing list. her
award winning works have been exhibited extensively internationally since
the early 90's, and is currently showing in The Pleasure of Language at
Montevideo, Amsterdam.

--->Artist Hideki Nakazawa from Tokyo will discuss the
Methodicist Manifesto - an logical approach to pure Art, Poetry and
Sound composition. Hideki has been working as a multimedia artist since the
early 1990's producing multimedia works like the floppy magazine Japan Art
Today, software like Digital Nendo, and patents for his "Device for
processing a 3-D image" and "Solid Object Generation." He turned a pure
artist in 1997, and thereafter created logical works in succession using
letters or go-stones, showing internationally, and recently published "The
Lives of Western Painters", currently available in Japanese.

-empyre-admin-
Adrain Miles | Christina McPhee | Melinda Rackham

___
Mez... http://www.hotkey.net.au/~netwurker
The Pleasure of Language...
http://www.montevideo.nl/www/english/current.htm

Hideki Nakazawa ... http://www.aloalo.co.jp/nakazawa/
Method ... http://www.aloalo.co.jp/nakazawa/method/

DISCUSSION

August on -empyre- - time/space/movement - Sean Cubitt


-empyre- mid year session will be brought to a close by our guest for August
Sean Cubitt.

Sean, originating from the UK and currently Head of Media Studies at
University of Waikato in New Zealand, is the author of "Digital Aesthetics,
and Simulation and Social Theory." He is currently working on a new book on
special effects cinema for MIT Press, co-editing The Third Text Reader as
well as a collection on postcolonial science fiction and his interests
include media aesthetics, media ethics and media democracy. Sean's
discussion will discuss center around
http://130.217.159.224/~seanc/ARM/thehours.html - an elemetary notion of
movement's dispersal into time and space and its stitching back together in
another mode, looking at a historical time line from 1894 onwards; and on
human machine communication.

-empyre- will then have a two week recess before commencing the final
session for the year,
when -empyre- guests and topics will be:
September 2002 - the Interational Corporation of Lost Structures (ICOLS)
plus "Method" with Hideki Nakazawa,
October 2002 - E lounge - online discussions from an Atlantic-Rim
Conference,
November 2002 - Constructing the Virtual with Joseph Nechvatal, and an
Avatar Manifestro with Gregory Little,
December 2002 - Cyberfeminisms with Julianne Pierce.

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DISCUSSION

july on -empyre-


-empyre- guests for July are Valerie Lamontagne and Sylvie Parent

---> Valerie Lamontagne - a Montreal artist, freelance art critic, and
curator, will present the collectively produced online zine MobileGaze which
looks at new media arts, providing in-depth online video interviews with
media artists, and live Webcast events; and Location / Dislocation, a
net.art exhibition, curated in collaboration with Sylvie Parent, and
presented in the context of the Saison du Quebec a New York at the New
Museum of Contemporary Art.Valerie will also discuss the current show online
at MobileGaze "Matter + Memory".

---> Sylvie Parent is a free lance curator and art critic. She was editor of
the CIAC Electronic Magazine (Centre international d'art contemporain de
Montreal) from 1997 to 2001, an on-line publication dedicated to the
promotion of net.art, and curated the net.art component of the Biennale de
Montreal in 2000. Last year she co-curated Location/Dislocation with Valerie
Lamontagne, and is currently engaged in investigating the history of web art
in Quebec, and artistic content for mobile phones and pda's. Sylvie will
discuss the importance of an historical point of view on web art, and
consider projects that had less visibility on the web for reasons of
geography, networking, language, etc.

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