Reiner Strasser and Regina Celia Pinto created a virtual attic for the Museum of the Essential and Beyond That, which is interested in digital art preservation. The spaceless gallery features Strasser and Celia Pinto’s old computers on which they created web.art/net.art. and some creations made on these machines. The project is open to collaborators.
The Center for Cyberculture Studies has a new interface and a new database which will able to organize the existing content, especially the book reviews, in new ways. The redesign has been a collaborative project and made possible by the many folks, but David Silver gives special thanks to Jeff Tycz, Martin McGee, and Nectarine Design.
The article by Kendra Mayefield exposes what all artists in the digital realm already know: that “As the half-life of these media becomes shorter and shorter, variable media art is in a race against technological obsolescence.” The article then continues to explore some preventative efforts currently in progress.
The ELO is also woriking in this important effort. The ELO PAD (Preserving, Archiving, and Dissemination) Project is already in effect and will become more visible in upcoming weeks.
The University of Canberra Centre for Writing will soon launch a new web journal, editored by Hazel Smith. infLect is an Australian ejournal which is devoted to creative multimedia work and innovative writing. The journal will showcase work which brings together text, visual images and sound into a reciprocal relationship, and also writing which combines critical and creative content.
infLect has a special interest in encouraging on-the-page writers to adopt electronic and multimedia formats for their work, and to collaborate with artists working in other disciplines.
The editorial advisors are:
M is for Nottingham?, an online collaborative writing project and live drama from trAce Incubation 2 (and sponsored partially by ELO) has been selected for permanent online display by the Museums of Justice, Nottingham, UK. A special archive site has been designed for the public.
This work was produced and created by M.D. Coverley and features the participation of many ELO members including Helen Whitehead, Rita Raley, and Talan Memmott.
Slope, the online journal devoted to poetry being written around the world, announces its first issue of hyperfiction. Submissions are currently being accepted.
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trAce was shortlisted as a New Statesman New Media Award winner in the category of Online Communities. From the cateogory description: “This award is for those organisations that utilise new forms of media to create a space where people can connect with others, providing support, information and advice for each other across the world.”
With 300+ illustrations and links to projects and artworks discussed in the book, as well as an interesting interface, the website for Manovich’s The Language of New Media (2001) is itself something to explore.
Five juries of international experts have chosen the best works in the cyberarts competition Prix Ars Electronica. Prizes will be awarded in Computer Animation / Visual Effects, Digital Music, Interactive Art, Net Vision / Net Excellence, and cybergeneration – u19 freestyle computing categories during the Ars Electronica Festival from September 7-12, 2002 in Linz, Austria.
[Link updated April 2005]
Brenda Laurel’s Utopian Entrepreneur is reviewed by Rita Lauria, Geert Lovink, & Leslie Regan Shade. Information Technology in Context: Studies from the Perspective of Developing Countries, Chrisanthi Avgerou & Geoff Walsham, eds. is reviewed by John Daly. Takahiko Iimura’s Observer/Observed and Other Works of Video Semiology is reviewed by Linda Leung, with a response from Takahiko Iimura. (RCCS)