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December on Empyre: Art and cognition- empyre december

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From: “raquel renno”
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2005 02:28:28 +0100
Subject: art and cognition- empyre december

Art and cognition- empyre december

There are many approaches to the art and cognition theme that we hope
that will take place according to the different points-of-view of the
guests (Luigi Pagliarini, David Cuartielles,Andy Gracie and Raquel
Paricio) and empyre members. he approach initially proposed here
refers to a searching for new ways of representation and creation in
digital technologies. It is important to leave the real (science) vs
imaginary (art) dichotomy for another one that provides for art and
cognitives sciences as a whole. Understanding the relation between art
and cognition does not take place by means of dichotomies, but by
means of elements in a state of constant tension of a kind which does
not tend towards the equilibrium. Sometimes, it’s a question of
finding a generative model more than the appearance of the thing. This
is valid in the translation of physical phenomena as well as in the
realm of the symbolic.

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NETTIME_NORTH AMERICA (apparently Nettime 11)

(Originally posted on the nettime-l list. It is reposted here for informational purposes.)

Greetings Nettime, lurkers & founders, & so forth:

We are happy to announce a live gathering of Nettime —

NETTIME_NORTH AMERICA (apparently Nettime 11)
Monday June 5th, 2006, @ SAT, Montreal.

At the end of August there were a few posts to Nettime-l concerning the
potential human gathering of Nettimers, the first in some time. David Garcia
raised the issue in a post noting Nettime’s ten year anniversary [1].
Andreas Broeckmann, Camille Acey and myself followed up with a few
encouraging responses and moreover I said I’d look into it [2]. A flurry of
discussion has since followed off-list with the following suggestions:

1] for a series of roundtables on the state of Nettime, its futurity and

2] on what Nettime has to offer in the 21C, from critique to network;

3] on what Nettimers are doing these days, and how this might lead to the
refuelling of Nettime.


For timeliness Andreas has suggested hosting a Nettime North America
gathering in Montreal shortly after the Mutek festival, which runs May 31st
to June 4th [3]. This will hopefully encourage a number of distant
Nettimers, global trotters and long-distance lurkers to make the trip.

Technically we are looking at a *one-day* gathering as a post-Mutek event.
We are not looking at organising a festival or extensive conference but
rather something more informal, that could perhaps lead up to something
larger if anyone wishes to do so.

The event is being organised under the umbrella of the Montreal Upgrade, the
volunteer, grassroots, global series of art & technology gatherings, of
which I curate the local chapter with a local team, and hosted at the
Society for Arts and Technology (SAT) [4].

The (unconfirmed but interested) crowd of attendees and a few confirmed
organisers includes MacKenzie Wark, Ted Byfield, David Garcia, Geert Lovink,
Alan Sondheim, Andreas Broeckmann, Felix Stalder and moderators & others,
which isn’t to perpetuate any kind of Nettime elite but rather say “hey! yes
there is interest …” — and more to come ..

—— WHY WE NEED YOU —————

For starters, we want to say HELLO! and see how many of you would be
interested in attending and can possibly make it. Please let the list know..

Second, we’re open to topical suggestions. Our plan here is to provide a
cinq-a-sept gathering, with music and VJs for the evening and on into the
night, with a day of roundtables preceeding.

I can tell you right away that this will be far from dull: there will be
enough interest in Montreal alone to make this a very satisfying gathering.
New York, Toronto and Boston are very close and we can expect attendence
from these locales. And given that many of you here have been looking for
that chance / reason / excuse to attend Mutek anyway, this makes it
inevitable, right .. ?

Right .. come see Montreal .. for many of you quite possibly the first
visit since ISEA 1995.

Looking forward to hearing from all of you.


tobias c. van Veen
(with Ruth Burns, Sophie Le-Phat Ho, Anik Fournier)

+ with the support of SAT

tobias c. van Veen _Concept Engineer –
Director, The Upgrade! Montreal | @ : +
(SAT) Society for Arts and Technology
Montreal, Canada | –




[4] SAT —
Upgrade Montreal —
Upgrade International —

RESOURCE: Center for Literary Computing

Introduction from the site:
The Center for Literary Computing (CLC) rethinks literary studies for the digital age, developing interdisciplinary research projects in the poetics of new media and the media ecology of literary institutions, using web technologies, multimedia, hypertext, audio/video, and virtual environments.

More from the site:
As a special unit within the WVU English Department, the CLC provides consulting, outreach, and support for innovations in humanities scholarship. Literary computing draws attention to the forms and poetics of all media, offering a new focus on the nature of literary texts. Founded in 1991 by Patrick Conner, the CLC continues to grow under the direction of Sandy Baldwin, with the support of the Department of English and the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. The CLC also provides opportunities for undergraduate students to work as paid interns or in work-study positions, and for graduate students to serve as assistant coordinators for the lab.

The Loop

The ISEA2006 Symposium call for projects related to the theme of Transvergence closes today, October 3, 2005.

“Creative interplay of disciplines to catalyze artistic, scientific, and social innovation is evidenced by decades of multi-/ pluri-, inter-, and trans-disciplinary discourse and practice. Emphasis on the dynamics subtending this interplay has led to the notion of transvergence, a term coined by Marcos Novak which overrides discipline-bound issues, and serves as the focus of the present call. Proposals are sought that address but are not limited to issues outlined below, challenging the boundaries of disciplines and conventional (art) institutional discourse, and indicating creative strategies for overriding them.”

See for more information.

NOTE – This call is not for paper, panels, talks, etc. related to the theme of Transvergence. A call for papers will be sent out in mid-October.

For a list of active and upcoming calls:

To subscribe to the ISEA2006 mailing list:

Steve Dietz
Director, ZeroOne: The Network
Director, ISEA2006 Symposium +
ZeroOne San Jose: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge : August 5-13, 2006
AIM: WebWalkAbout

Katrina Discussed on nettime–thread by Miller and others

Currently on nettime the politics behind the Katrina event are being discussed. It started with two texts by Paul D. Miller

“[Policing the earth: a military helicopter surveys the streets of a flooded metropolis under martial law.]” and “Project for a new atlantis.”

Excerpt from “Policing the Earth”:
It’s too easy, not to mention slightly vindictive, to blame all of
hurricane Katrina’s catastrophic impact and aftermath on the Army
Corps of Engineers; but it is worth remembering that New Orleans – in
fact the near totality of the lower Mississippi delta – is a manmade
landscape that has become, over the last century at least, something
of a military artifact. To say that New Orleans is, today, under
martial law, is therefore almost redundant: its very landscape, for
at least the last century, has never been under anything *but*
martial law. The lower Mississippi delta is literally nothing less
than landscape design by army hydrologists.

New Orleans as military hydrology.

Or, military urbanism as a hydrological project.
According to The Economist , “For much of the 20th century the
federal government tampered with the Mississippi, to help shipping
and – ironically – prevent floods. In the process it destroyed some
1m acres of coastal marshland around New Orleans – something which
suited property developers, but removed much of the city’s natural
protection against flooding. The city’s system of levees, itself
somewhat undermaintained, was not able to cope.”

Read more at nettime

Excerpt from “Project for a New Atlantis”:
Between this and Kanye West’s apt observation that “George Bush
Doesn’t Care about Black People” on the Aid Marathon for Katrina
victims, I can only say – like that old Led Zeppelin song “when the
levee breaks” it’s all about reconstruction.

Katrina 3: Two Anti-Hurricane Projects (on landscape climatology)
Project 1: “How do you slow down a hurricane?”
In the June 2005 edition of The Economist Technology Quarterly
(subscription required), we read about Moshe Alamaro, “a scientist at
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, [who] has a plan. Just as
setting small, controlled fires can stop forest fires by robbing them
of fuel, he proposes the creation of small, man-made tropical
cyclones to cool the ocean and rob big, natural hurricanes of their
source of energy. His scheme, devised with German and Russian weather
scientists and presented at a weather-modification conference in
April, involves a chain of offshore barges adorned with upward-facing
jet engines.”

Read more at nettime

Read the whole thread here:

Currently on Empyre: a discussion on inSite 05

September’s empyre discussion topic “Sites in Translation” initially
stemmed from the opening of inSite05.
Christina Invites Ricardo Miranda Zuniga to discuss the many facets on this year’s exhibition at the border of Mexico and the U.S.

In a recent Post, Zuniga recommended to look at the following sites to help in the relief effort for New Orleans:

national youth advocacy coalition:

Spark Plug Foundation:

and alternative coverage of the situation: