This year both ISEA and Ars Electronica have dedicated a stream of their conference and exhibition programs to the theme of building, analysing and visualising Networks. Join us at -empyre- www.subtle.net/empyre with guests drawn from both events, in an overdose of overlapping self-reflexive (self-indulgent?) network mania:
Networks build strategic and powerful, social, critical and co-operative alliances. In art, speaking in term of networks, social network analysis and visualization of networks is almost becoming a genre. We are joined by Jonah Brucker-Cohen, creator of the frustrating and fun list for the super diligent subscriber -Bump List, Josh On who examines invisible power relations at the kick arse theyrule.net, Marcos Weskamp with his elegant visualisations of the social networks of mailing list culture in Social Circles, and Anne Nigten Manager of V2_lab who further investigates through visualisation these networks of communication and power.
One of the staples in the social fabric of networked life is the 40-year-old email list – the surviving conduit of new media discussion where lists as digital organisms are subject to growth, adaptation, corruption and decay. Facilitators and writers for lists with diverse intents and formats like Kathy Rae Huffman from faces, Charlotte Frost, a rhizome writer and Furthertxt editor, Dr Axel Bruns from fibreculture and M/C – Media and Culture, and Melinda Rackham from -empyre-, examine ethical issues and strategies in networking and list management to encourage an workable ratio of signal to noise – harnessing this ubiquitous communication medium.
Ars Electronica http://www.aec.at/prix
– Anne Nigten works as manager / artist / project coordinator / lecturer / author / researcher. Nigten is the manager of V2_Lab http://lab.v2.nl the aRt&D department of V2_Organization, Rotterdam. She’s working on her PhD dissertation on research and development in the interdisciplinary field from an art perspective in the Smartlab program, at the London University for the Arts (UK). Nigten is advisor for several art and science initiatives in Europe and international.
– Dr Axel Bruns is a fibreculture facilitator, who teaches and conducts research in online publishing, electronic creative writing, online communities and popular music in the Creative Industries Faculty of QUT, Brisbane, Australia. He is the General Editor of the premier online academic publication M/C – Media and Culture (http://www.media-culture.org.au/).
– Charlotte Frost is the editor of Furthertxt.org, the site for text-based net art analysis and contextualisation. She regularly writes for Rhizome and has written for Mute magazine and Net Art Review. She is currently studying for her PhD on the historicisation of Net Art and has just produced a guest selection for Low-Fi on list related artworks and will showcase further projects in this area on Furthertxt later this year.
– Jonah Brucker-Cohen works as a Research Fellow in the Human Connectedness Group at Media Lab Europe in Dublin, Ireland, and is a Ph.D. candidate in the Networks and Telecommunications Research Group (NTRG) at Trinity College Dublin. His work focuses on subverting existing relationships to human / networked interfaces by building new real-world inputs to networks, redefining how information is used and disseminated online, and shifting virtual processes into physical forms through networked devices and experiences. His work has been shown events such as DEAF (03), Transmediale (02,04), SIGGRAPH (00), ISEA (02,04), Whitney Museum of American Art’s ArtPort (03), Ars Electronica (02,04) and others.
– Josh On was born in New Zealand, and now resides in San Francisco. In the between years he studied sociology at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, taught English in Japan, and studied Computer Related Design at the Royal College of Art in London. He went to college through the dot com boom, and went to the Futurefarmers studio in San Francisco to witness the bust. He made the hand biting website http://www.theyrule.net and still thinks the internet has potential and that socialism is possible.
– Kathy Rae Huffman is Director of Visual Art, at Cornerhouse. Cornerhouse is Manchester’s international centre for contemporary art, media and cinema. Huffman specialises in creating exhibitions and opportunities for artists to integrate digital film, internet, sound and video with contemporary art practice, to analyse and explore their social, personal and theoretical concerns. She is co-moderator and founder of FACES, an international net community and mailing list for women, at www.faces-l.org, since 1997. She has co-chaired the Art Show for Eurographics 04, ‘Science by Artists’, held this year in Grenoble, 30 Aug-3 Sept.
– Marcos Weskamp was born in Argentina 1977. Graduated graphic designer in Tokyo in 2001. Self proclaimed Artist, illustrator, Information Designer, Web Technologist. Mostly interested in the fields of Semiotics, Information Visualization, Computer Supported Collaborative Work, Network Theory and Online Social Environments Design. Speaks, reads and writes spanish, english and Japanese. Will be pursuing a Masters degree at Interaction Design Institute IVREA in Italy. http://marumushi.com/apps/socialcircles/
– Melinda Rackham is based in east coast Australia, and has just completed her PhD on avatar identity and construction in MU Virtual Space. She has been online for around a decade, dipping into debates and textual spaces, while producing some great early works of net.art mostly viewable at www.subtle.net. Rackham founded the -empyre- mailing list in 2002 and was recently the curator of Networked Media at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.