Michael Arnold Mages
Since the beginning
Works in Erie, Colorado United States of America

Michael Arnold Mages is an artist, designer and composer. He received a degree in Music Composition from the University of Arizona, Masters in Digital Media Studies at the University of Denver and currently teaches in the Digital Media program at the University of Denver, and in Interactive Media program at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design.

His works deal primarily with sound, economies of power, and perceptions of space. He is currently working on several projects, among them a digital archive of the photos and writings detailing the experiences of his Grandfather during World War II.
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September on -empyre- soft-skinned space: Sites in Translation

September on -empyre- soft-skinned space: Sites in Translation

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as we explore "Sites in Translation"

with artists Ricardo Miranda Zuniga, Mariam Ghani, Lana Lin, H. Lan Thao Lam, and Angel Nevarez

In 2004, five artists and collaborative groups were commissioned to make web-based projects for the latest edition of inSite, the binational exhibition of site-specific work staged every few years along the San Diego/Tijuana border. Having opened the final week of August 2005, inSite's first venture online raises a number of interesting questions for discussion. "Tijuana Calling" is online now at:

The artists ask: "Is the net a vast ‘no-man’s-land,’ a border-free zone contiguous to every place but specific to none? Or does the net re-enact the politics of physical geography, with its own border policies and politics of exclusion, recognition and reciprocity? Is it possible for new media artists to activate the net for the staging of projects responsible and responsive to communities that fall between legitimized power sectors, and if so how?

"We would like to examine the role of the artist as translator, mediating between points of origin and reception. We propose several approaches toward understanding translation: physical place as re- articulated in virtual space; linguistic translation proper; cross- cultural production; and on-line transmission."

Please welcome Ricardo, Mariam, Lana, Lan Thao, and Angel.

---------------------------------------------->Ricardo Miranda Zuniga grew up between Nicaragua, and San Francisco. A bicultural upbringing tied to a multidisciplinary education has led to work that attempts to cultivate interaction with the viewer and may include performance, sculpture, video and audio, the Internet or a combination of all. The principle behind the work is communication as a creative process.

---------------------------------------------->Mariam Ghani is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work in video, installation, new media, text and public dialogue performance investigates how history is constructed and reconstructed as narrative in the present. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 1999, and she has been making web-based projects since 2003.

---------------------------------------------->Lana Lin is a New York-based media artist whose practice interprets cultural histories and the processes of identification. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, China Taipei Film Archive, Taiwan, and the Festival de Femmes, Creteil, France.

---------------------------------------------->H. Lan Thao Lam is a bilingual artist/writer who has lived in Vietnam, Malaysia, Canada and the US. Lam's work probes the inter- relationships between place and history, architecture and philosophy. Lam is the recipient of the Canadian Council for the Arts Media Grant, H.L. Rous Sculpture Award, and James Robertson Environmental Design Award.

---------------------------------------------->Angel Nevarez was born in Mexico City, 1970, and raised in the United States. Nevarez studied biology at the University of California, San Diego and in 2001-2002 was a studio fellow of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. He is co-founder of the artist collaborative neuroTransmitter, whose work fuses transmission and conceptual art.

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July on -empyre-: Networked Performance with Helen Thorington

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July 2005 on -empyre- is dedicated to discussion of networked performance
with special guests Helen Thorington and Michelle Riel.

Helen says, "For the purpose of this presentation to the empyre list, we've
defined networked performance as any live event that is network enabled."

Along with Jo-Anne Green, Michelle and Helen have been publishing their
"Network Performance" blog at http://turbulence.org/blog since July 2004.
This blog is explorative of a wide range of networked performance.

We will also be joined by various of the artists discussed on the "Network
Performance" blog.


Helen Thorington is the founder and co-director of Turbulence.org
(1996-ongoing). Turbulence commissions NET ART and exhibits, archives, and
promotes net artists' work. She also founded and directed the New American
Radio series (1985-1998). NAR commissioned over 300 original works for
public radio, 140 of which are currently available at http://somewhere.org
She is also a writer, sound composer, and media artist (
http://new-radio.org ). In 1997 she initiated the Adrift project
(1997-2002), an evolving multi-location Internet performance collaboration
with Marek Walczak and Jesse Gilbert ( http://turbulence.org/adrift ).
Gilbert and Thorington also initiated a number of distributed musical
performances, which included musicians performing at various locations in
New York City and at Mills College, Oakland, CA. It was her recollections
of Adrift and thoughts about the directions it might have taken that
prompted her interest in exploring current networked performance practice.
This, in turn, lead to her contacting Michelle Riel and with turbulence's
co-director, Jo-Anne Green, to the development of the networked\_performance

Michelle Riel is an educator, artist, and designer based in San Francisco.
She is an Assistant Professor in New Media and Chair of the Department of
Teledramatic Arts and Technology, an interdisciplinary program at California
State University Monterey Bay. In addition to collaborating on the networked
performance blog with turbulence's Helen and Jo, her current work is
creating networked environments, objects, and experiences that explore
technocultural issues using mobile technologies, networked sensing
environments, and real-time video. Her interest in performance and
space/time based arts stems from her professional training in scenic and
production design focused on the integration of media in live performance
and virtual reality sets. Her work has been seen nationally including
SIGGRAPH, the Whitney Museum of American Art's Performance on 42nd Series
and has received grants and awards including an Emmy Award for broadcast set
design and net art commissions from turbulence.org. Michelle received her
MFA in Theatre from UCSD.


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June on -empyre-: we-blog with abe linkoln, jimpunk, ChrisAshley and Tom Moody

-empyre- takes pleasure in welcoming four artists whose work engages the
medium of the weblog as a new area for artistic practice.

As the heritage of the Internet itself is essentially as a text-transmission
device, it is unsurprising that textuality can still be explored,
re-positioned and re-presented in compelling ways through the medium of the
Internet. As one of the most recent memes to infect mainstream culture the
blog is suddenly an essential business tool, an important force in the
ongoing development of journalism, and a new conversational network.

Mixing the genres of the documentary, the journal, the personal
conversation, the usenet discussion board, this month's artists bring the
weblog into the realm of artistic practice in the network.


abe linkoln lives here: www.linkoln.net <http://www.linkoln.net>
here's a tattoo he has: http://linkoln.net/neversaydie.jpg
and he wrote this funny email once:

jimpunk uses the tools of dataculture to create cinematic, yet
linguistically-based work that asserts computer control over the browser.
jimpunk's work and texts are available through http://www.jimpunk.com/

Chris Ashley is an artist, writer, and educator living and working in
Oakland, California. In addition to his work as a painter, he posts an HTML
drawing every day, and regularly posts writing about art on his weblog
(http://www.chrisashley.net). The weblog, called "Look, See", has a full
archive of past HTML drawings, images of paintings and drawings, art
writing, and writing by others about the HTML drawings.

Tom Moody is a visual artist based in New York. His low-tech art made with
MSPaintbrush, photocopiers, and consumer printers has appeared in solo shows
at Derek Eller Gallery and UP&CO. Documentation of his studio practice, as
well as his digital animation, music, and writing on a variety of topics,
appears regularly on his weblog at http://www.digitalmediatree.com/tommoody/
. Launched in February 2001, the blog was recently recommended along with 11
others in the Art in America article "Art in the Blogosphere.


March on -empyre- | Interactive Video for the Web

During March on -empyre-, we'll focus on the work of two artists with strong involvement in interactive video for the Web: Barbara Lattanzi and Nicolas Clauss. In their work, the experience of watching video is significantly altered. Not simply that the video itself is altered, but that the experience of watching it is altered. The viewer becomes also an interactor or annotator or works with downloadable software to alter the video, etc. Barbara and Nicolas will discuss their own work and also point out other interactive video work of interest. Toward our being able to get a sense of the current state of interactive video for the Web and, possibly, where it's going.

Barbara Lattanzi is a media artist whose current projects involve the construction of software for video improvisation as well as other works of interactive media. Her work has been presented at such venues as the 2003 Ann Arbor Film Festival, the 2002 European Media Art Festival, and Robert Beck Memorial Cinema in New York. Her experimental software, "C-SPAN Karaoke", received an "Honorary Mention" in 2005 at Transmediale, the Berlin-based international media art festival. Her interactive media works have been exhibited at the 2003 Version>03 Digital Arts Convergence - Chicago, the 9th New York Digital Salon, Electronics Alive II Invitational, the 4th Seoul Net and Film Festival, and Turbulence. In 2005 she contributed a gatepage to the Artport website of the Whitney Museum of American Art. The production of her multimedia applets and software has been stimulated in part by the open structures of net-based cooperative venues such as Moscow on-line software art archive, "Runme.org" and Rhizome "Artbase", where her work is included. An essay about Lattanzi's software in relation to 1970s experimental film appears in Millenium Film Journal Nos.39/40. She currently teaches at Smith College in Massachusetts.

Flyingpuppet.com is the work in progress of Nicolas Clauss, a Paris based painter who stopped "traditional" painting to use the Internet as a canvas. Nicolas's site is a place of experimentation offering pieces where interactivity and play are essential. Much of Nicolas's work is done in collaboration with a range of artists including Jean-Jacques Birge, Francois Baxas, Frederic Durieu, Thomas Le Saulnier, Antoine Schmitt, Bernard Vitet, Denis Colin, Patricia Dallio, Herve Zenouda, and Stephane Copin.

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Preserving our Online Heritage | February on -empyre-

To save or not to save?
Preserving our Online Heritage.

The preservation of contemporary networked art works presents an enormous
challenge to collectors and museums, most of whom are still attempting to
fit these diverse practices into their rationales and exhibition strategies.
Unfortunately acquisition and conservation measures are sparse, despite the
plethora of entertaining challenging and innovative online works produced
over the past decade.

However the is hope. Some of the leaders in preservation of internet art are
not in fact art institutions, but libraries and internet archival projects,
for whom collection, archiving and preservation is a routine matter. As
more of their collections become digital, they have been actively addressing
issues of storage, migration and emulation.

This month we are joined by a panel of International experts from the
archival field: Nancy McGovern, Digital Preservation Officer at Cornell
University Library; Margaret Phillips, Paul Koerbin and Gerard Clifton from
the PANDORA internet archive and PADI gateway at the National Library of
Australia; Michele Kimpton of the Internet Archive with its consultant sage
the WayBack Machine; Sharmin (Tinni) Choudhury, the software engineer for
PANIC digital preservation project; Meta data standards expert Dr Simon
Pockley from Deakin University; and Luciana Duranti (UBC), Yvette Hackett
and Jim Suderman from InterPARES 2, Canada.

We will also be joined by those concerned specifically with net art: Kevin
McGarry from Rhizome Artbase, the worlds largest collection of networked
media with over 1440 net.art works; and artist Graham Crawford, who curated
two of Australia