Austria can be best described as a No-Scene-Zone. Many people trying
hard to get projects going (some of them are quite good), but overall not much
happens here, especially nothing that could be called a "scene." People
quarrel and generally give each other a hard time (the main issues ...

Intelligent Agents in the Societies of Control

In his article "Meshworks, Hierarchies and Interfaces", Manuel De Landa
depicts a bright future of autonomous software agents, which will lead to
an individualization of working places through their ability to adapt to the
individual users demands. Although in the last paragraph he ...

Jason Spingarn-Koff's
"Abducted /Interactive/"

In the early days of film, many small and rural cinemas had only one
projector. After a reel was finished, the crowd waited for whomever was up
in the booth to remove the take-up reel, put on the new one, and re-thread
the machine. So ...

Dear Mark,

Remember how you asked me to take a look at "www.jodi.org" and let
you know what I thought of it? Here it is:

You go in there and a black screen with dense lines of
indecipherable, red script comes up. The lines are rhythmically ...

The most significant development I can think of is something which hasn't
happened. The Croydon Clocktower gallery (located in suburban London, but
trying to make a name for themselves with some high profile exhibitions)
were going to mount a global retrospective of computer art this Autumn.
This was supposedly going ...

The Stinky Artist Collective
Just what it says: totally unpretentious stinky stuff. Is this "geek art?"
Take your nose out of the air.

Babel
As in the tower of…, is the ultimate in Retro-antiquity-Techno
presentation of new media art. This site slams liguistic hegemonies (as
does RHIZOME) and replaces them with notions of a chaotic language splendor.

Public Domain Inc.

Surfer heaven! *Phat* and all a dat, if "the intersection of art,
technology, theory, and community" wets your whistle. Pass this one on. I
need a napkin.

A note on the use of language

As artists and curators are coming to the web to create, programmers and
non-artists who are its native inhabitants are being labeled "folk" artists. I
find this disturbing. Frankly, what most programmers and non-art school web
practitioners create should not be confused with ...

Paul Warren wrote:

(quoted from FuturelessFuture, Introductory Essay section) "In fact, the
web is now blossoming with computer culture artists who have created a new
type of folk art. And as with most folk-based artists, they can often
strike at the heart of meaning with a fierce integrity which is ...

David Hudson wrote:

>From Wired's page on _Osmose_, accessible via:
>http://www.hotwired.com/wired_online/4.08/osmose/index.html:

>"a virtual reality installation that you can only
>find in an art gallery or electronic art ahow…

>"…an experience Mark Pesce calls 'virtual
>kundalini, an expression of philosophy
>without ...

During the 50th Theater Festival of Avignon writer (is there a female
word for writer?) Zarza lives there and sends me two fax pages every
day. I scan and colorize them and publish them at 18.00 CET. The pages
are mostly german.

Backspace, a Cyber Gallery, the latest in the upsurge of activity on
the Southbank, London, UK.

The concept and organization of Backspace is intrinsically linked to
the ebb and flow of the River Thames, a much abused and maligned
source of inspiration and energy.

Backspace provides a stimulating environment for ...

Currently featured at the @art web site, an electronic gallery of
University of Illinois' School of Art and design, is Stephanie Cunningham's
most recent on-line art project SILENCE. SILENCE sets out to depict some
of the ways in which women are systematically deprived of voice in real and
electronic spaces ...

In the summertime, when the weather is hot: the integration of two
worlds is the interesting thing (or an interesting thing, or maybe a
plausible metaphor) for the state of electronic arts in the UK. This
integration (or is it dis-integration) arrives in various ways: –
the institutional shifts – ...

Joseph Nechvatal (jnech@imaginet.fr) has a new web site. The noisy
background gif makes a potentially interesting text frustratingly difficult
to read. Nechvatal's work "stems from a computer virus program."