Michael Szpakowski
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a small net.art competition with modest prizes


Remix/Remake/Remodel - a small net.art competition
with modest prizes:

http://www.somedancersandmusicians.com/re/index.html

please feel free to forward ,repost &c.

Michael.

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Death where is thy sting/Physician heal thyself


<death@zaphod.terminal.org> wrote:
'You may write that you write, but you still cannot
write,
and are absolutely illiterate. Not all the education
in the
world will save you from illiteracy.'

now of whom is this actually the most apposite
description?

michael

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A Razor Sharp Wit


--- "-IID42 Kandinskij @27+"
<death@zaphod.terminal.org> wrote:

<Max Herman, baby. And yourself.
What--pissy that I didn't support your righteous
war pose?

To you the same as to him: you're not literate,
nor are you qualified to judge literacy.

Stuff your flames up your own arse.>

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Re: Playin'RingAroundTheRosie at the Radio Station//////Genius 2000 Conference 2002


Hi Max

< It's strange to me no one is saying "we should
probably wait on an attack of
Iraq" on this list. I don't think anyone has said
it.>
I dunno ..I mentioned this offlist ..that I think its
perhaps because it seems a little presumptious to
assume that net.art ( whatever that is) and it's
practitioners have anything specific to add to the
debate.
Me I'll quite happily nail my colours to the flag -I
don't think they should just wait. I don't think it
should ever happen- at all -ever and I think Bombers
Bush and Blair got no business in the middle east.
UN sanctions have already murdered 500,000 Iraqi kids.
If an invasion does happen it'll be about
(1) reasserting once again the imperial power of the
American ruling class
(2) oil
and thousands more of the poor and innocent will die.
but I say that as a human being ,not particularly as
an artist- and it's a view that over here fortunately
is shared by a majority of the UK working class.
I don't mean to suggest by the above that I don't
think there's a place in a discussion of art for a
discussion of politics -I absolutely do. We none of us
live in a vacuum.
I further think there's a place for reminding any
Brits reading this that the demo against war on Sat
Sept 28th in London is going to be massive ( two coach
loads already from my small town, 50 or 100 from some
cities) and that I hope to see some of them there.
personally I'm delighted you raised the subject- good
on yer.
best
Michael

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Re: net/text


Mark,
I like the piece very much and so I'm inclined to
write- but I don't know how useful my comments would
be to you given that my starting point is ,I think ,
radically different to yours - deep scepticism about
anything postmodern, conceptual, selfreferential &c.
However what in particular attracted me was that the
piece ( and I'm not implying that it's in any way
derivative) rather reminded me of the writing of
Donald Barthelme. It was initially the form of the
thing and the fact that it was bracketted by the two
images that brought him to mind, but it strikes me
there are deeper resonances.
Of course a superficial resemblence to the work of
someone else one admires isn't sufficient.
What I also liked about the piece was it's *density*,
it's *inexorableness*.
So many pieces coming from the area that I would
characterize as 'conceptual'- and forgive me if you
don't accept that characterization, seem to me to be
pretty thin stuff - artist has bright idea - artist
realizes that idea - and we laugh or wink or or fail
to get it ( often in my case) and then pretty much
forget it and move on to something more substantial.
However this seems to me to have a good deal of
substance to it - and I also found it touchingly un-
impersonal.
To come back finally to the Barthelme comparison -
what strikes me is that here you've done something a
lot of people flying big flags have signally failed to
do and that is produce a piece of interesting
*writing-that-is-idiomatic-to-the-web* and it perhaps
locating it here rather than in in a tradition of
artistic conceptualism
( although it always strikes me that it is in writing
that conceptualism finds its most comfortable home
-see any Borges short story)that makes most sense.
Anyway thanks, I enjoyed it.
regards
Michael
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