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[ox-en] conference on free cooperation

Geert Lovink and Trebor Scholz invite you to:

"networks, art, & collaboration"
a two-day Brechtian play

April 24 - 25, 2004

at the Department of Media Study,
The State University of New York at Buffalo

Download program at:

In a high-energy context this conference will bring together artists,
designers, musicians, activists, art historians and engineers in formats
such as workshops, open mic, parties, performances, interviews, and brain
storming sessions  all aiming at ongoing collaborations, genuine dialogue,
and the exchange of knowledge. The aim of the conference is to get a deeper
understanding of the dynamics of collaboration, models of critical web-based
art, and the role media technologies play in the making of social networks.
Laugh, learn, argue, dance, discuss, eat, celebrate dissent, make new
friends, and meet future collaborators.

A FreeCooperation theory paper will be launched during the conference.

Prologue: Ignite the Flames of Collaboration

Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center
2495 Main Street, Suite 425 Buffalo

event with Jenny Perlin (Sarah Lawrence College),

Laura McGough (Washington, DC),

Trebor Scholz, and Christoph Spehr (Bremen)


LOCATION: DMS 286 and CFA balcony

House Warming with
Launch of FreeCooperation Publication
This will be an opportunity to introduce yourself.
<Warning: Sessions could end later, or earlier, than announced in the
program depending on the debate.>

10- 10:15 am 


Uday P. Sukhatme, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences,
Geert Lovink & Trebor Scholz
10:20 am - 11:30am

The role of the network in the collaboration of women media practitioners.
What about the exclusivity of the women-only approach?

FACES (Vali Djordjevic; Berlin, Germany)
Gender Changer  Academy (Kristina Clair; Philadelphia, Amsterdam)

J3 (Jane Crayton, Jessica Leber, Jennifer Peterson ­
University of Colorado at Bolder)


Try 2
2:30pm - 5:00pm

Institutionalized: Hierarchies and Leveling the Ivory Tower

Mental contagion, DIY and agitational collage collide in a workshop
test driving experimental models of collaboration for the classroom
and beyond. Engaging process through action, tactics such as serial
surrealism and water witching will be encouraged. Questioning the buzz
surrounding the word "collaboration," the session aims to facilitate a
collective experience to further develop and discuss strategies for
inclusive agendas. Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Kool-Aid will be served.

Jon Rubin (SUNY Purchase)

Stephanie Rothenberg (SUNY Buffalo)

Andrea Polli (Hunter College)


Try 2
10:20- 11:30am

Open Content Initiatives, Reusability, Archives, & Shared Authority

By making our creative works available for reuse, we open our works to
improvement, elaboration, and re-articulation by others. What role does
attribution play in the creation of such reusable projects?

Benjamin Mako Hill (Free/Open Source Software developer, Seattle)

Blips Team ( is a collaborative online open history project that seeks to
archive and reflect critically on "creative dark matter."
(blips is Brian Holmes, Tom Leonardt, Trebor Scholz, Gregory Sholette, Orkan

Alan Moore (art historian, creator of ³collectivities² site, NYC)
working on the history of art collectives in NYC since the 1970s

Laura McGough (Washington, DC)

Collaborative archives: state of archives in the Us based on her work as a
program specialist at the National Endowment Arts Council, examination and
re-examination of structuring and distributing data

Try 3
10:20am - 11:30am

Tactical Media from the Masses
Can tactical media be used as an instrument of education?

How can a means of media empowerment for minorities (or silent majorities),
for those who cannot express their own voice, become a form of practical and
critical pedagogy?

Ricardo Rosas (Brazilian Tactical Media Lab)

Kate Crawford (University of Sydney)


Break 11:30 - 11:45am


Try 4
11:45am - 1:30pm
Location: Art 144

Self-Organized Educational Attempts, Free Universities,

Moderator: Trebor Scholz

Dr. Alan O¹Connor, Free Anarchist University Toronto

Stefan Roemer (New Media Department, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich)

Katherine Carl, Srdjan Normal (School of Missing Studies, NYC)
The knowledge that slips through traditional and singular disciplines seems
to flow freely in an unbound space and networks, however it takes a
collaborative and experimental practice to excavate it, sort of scout for
it, rather than wait for it.

Saul Albert, janitorial duties, University of Openess: ³No tuition fees! No
objectivity! No success!²

Martin Lucas (Hunter College, Manhattan Neighborhood Network,
Paper Tiger TV)

Ricardo Rosas (Brazilian Tactical Media Lab)

also starring:

Janis Demkiw ³Free Documents²
Try 6
1:00pm - 5pm
The Art of Cooperation
How do collaborations survive? How can collaborations manage the
egos of their constituent parts? What models of group interaction did you

find most successful? Are we moving towards a social model that is more
collective/distributed or merely nodal? Would you consider the Borg from
Star Trek, a collective or a hive mind? What sort of art would they create?
How is this analogous to exquisite corpse groups online such as

4 hour Talkathron between Patrick Lichty (Intelligent Agent, Rtmark, YesMen)
& Nathan Martin (Carnegie Mellon University, Carbon Defense League): 1 Room,
2 speakers, 8 spectators at a time

Try 7
11:45am - 1:30pm 

Geert Lovink in dialogue with Christoph Spehr

Try 8
11:45am - 1:30pm (continues during break)

We need your mug for the collaborative video portrait. Come, be captured,
and enter the database of video face loops for your 2 minutes of shared
fame. This ever-changing collective video montage portrait of all
participants is constructed in real time using Jitter. The project,
Vis-à-vis, was developed in collaboration by the Soft Cinema seminar in the

Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University in 2003. Running
the piece will be S.C. veterans Michelle Higa, Thomas Owen and Rachel

Lunch Break 
1:30- 2:30pm 

Try 9
2:30pm - 3:30pm

A workshop with Kurt Weibers (

Nicolas Bourriaud¹s ³relational aesthetics² filtered through Kurt Weiber's
career as an organizational behaviorist, brand designer and
motivational speaker. Weibers interviewed hundreds of
workers, at corporations around the world, and finding, in the gaps of
what they are saying, a collaborative identity, a pattern of
transmission, a temporal formalism, a relational aesthetic.

Try 11

2:30pm ­ 4:00pm


The Bonnie Parker Junior Show
Host: Stephanie Rothenberg as Bonnie Parker Junior


Brian Holmes as utopian

Christoph Spehr as the sci-fi filmmaker

Critical Art Ensemble as scientists

Tony Conrad as Paul Schaefer on the phonarmonica

Call-ins from :

Sara Diamond (The Banff Centre)

Los Cybrids 

Page Sarlin (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)

Trevor Paglen (UC Berkley)

Lucia Sommer (University of Rochester)

Also starring:

Jörg Windszus aka Windy (Bremen)

Uche Nduka (poet and activist, Nigeria/ Germany)

Suse Lang (DASH, co-organizers of NEURO conference, Munich)


 Break 3:30pm - 3:40 pm

Try 12
3:40pm - 5:30pm
Groups and Spaces
Access Community Space Buffalo (Loren Sonnenberg)

16BeaverGroup (Ayreen Anastas, Rene Gabri; NYC)


Gregory Sholette (PAD/D, REPOhistory)

Wolfgang Staehle (The Thing, NYC)


Try 13
3:40pm - 5:30pm

Social Network Architectures
What kinds of tools can we design or use to facilitate collaboration?
How does the creative process mirror the network? How can tools generate
knowledge? What is missing in these tools? How we design these tools go
beyond chatter? Box of Tools for online Collaboration: from mailing lists,
web servers, blogs, voice over ip, SILC, wikis

Moderated by Alexander Halavais (

Eric Goldhagen (Open Flows, Interactivist, ABC NoRio)

Amanda Hickman (

John Duda (Johns Hopkins University)

syndicating content across the indymedia network, a look at using RSS to
automate collaborative content sharing for activist media


Try 15

Film Screening
8:00pm ­ 11:00pm



7:15pm and 8:15pm 

Yellow School Bus to SOUNDLAB:

in front of College of Arts

7.15pm to Soundlab 

8.15pm to Soundlab

Tim Jaeger & Jorge Nava (University of California San Diego)

This piece, as database cinema focuses on digital ethnography of San Diego
to border regions around the world. Using custom patches max msp jitter this
performance revolves around narratives of politically charged footage
with sound introduced into the dance floor environment of Soundlab.

Los Nukiis
9:00pm - 11:30pm

New York-based electronica duo Los Nukiis will explore
the sonic trans-border landscape with their own blend
of downtempo electro-cumbia.


to hotel

last pickup-- 12:00pm


<Disclaimer: conference activities may include,
but are not limited to nudity>

Swimming, Sauna, Steam Room

9:00am ­ 10:30am
LOCATION: Alumni Arena
(bring swim suit and cap)


Probe 1
11:00am ­ 1:30pm

Collaborative Authorship, Collective Writing, E.Poetics
Digital writing is wide-open in just about any way you want. Writing
transforms digital media, and is transformed by them. Everything¹s up
for grabs, including reader, writer, code, text, reception, author,
and authority. Anyone can play.

Sandy Baldwin (West Virginia University)

Simon Biggs (Sheffield Hallam University/ University of Cambridge, UK)

Maria Damon (University of Minnesota)

Loss Pequeño Glazier (SUNY at Buffalo)

Alan Sondheim (Brooklyn)

Probe 2
11:00am ­ 1:30pm

Open Source / Free Software Sampling
for Situations of Learning

Demo session of open source software for PC and MAC for situations of
learning moderated by Paul Vanouse. The goal of this session is to demo open
source/ free software and create an open access archive of ready to use
software (Cygwin, GNU software for Windows, Blender, Gimp, Open office, bit
torrent, ontomatic,,

with Patrick Lichty, Shawn Rider, Nathan Martin, Chris Coleman, Tom
Leonhardt, Saul Albert, Benjamin Macko Hill, Mike Bouquard, Don Jacobs
(CATE), Sher Doruff (Waag Society, Amsterdam)

Probe 3
11:00am - 1:30pm

Critical collaborative artistic practices in the networks

Horit Herman Peled (Oranim College; Tel Aviv, Israel)
collaboration - a problematic concept
(The Checkpoint Watch case)

Anna Harding (Chair, Creative curating program at Goldsmiths College;
London, UK)

Marie-Christiane Mathieu (Montreal)

web stream: Jon Ippolito (Associate Curator of Media Arts at the Guggenheim
Museum / Joline Blais (Professor of New Media at the University of Maine) ­

A project of the University of Maine's Still Water program, The Pool is a
collaborative online environment for creating art, code, and texts. In place
of the single-artist, single-artwork paradigm favored by the overwhelming
majority of documentation systems, The Pool stimulates and documents
collaboration in a variety of forms, including multi-author, asynchronous,
and cross-medium projects. We are training revolutionaries--not by
indoctrinating them with dogma but by exposing them to a process in which
sharing is the norm rather than hoarding.

Barbara Lattanzi (

The interrupting annotator: Demo of New Genre Software work-in-progress
Streaming video online
Michael Frisch (SUNY at Buffalo)

Activating the database: "Telling Lives"
public self-activated oral history recording


Probe 4:
11:00am - 12:00pm

PDPal Walkabouts
PdPAL encourage collaborative storytelling. We provide a tool and set of
inspirations that groups of map maker/storytellers deploy. Each group member
is assigned to lead a task for the group - guide, observer, recorder. The
collaboration of guiding, seeing, and recording challenge in the most basic
way our assumptions about how we navigate, perceive, and name the world
around us. The goal of this workshop is to develop graphic as well as
technical strategies for creating effective maps for the next iteration of
PDPal which will utilize cell phones.

Probe 5

Arjen Keesmaat (Waag Society, Amsterdam)
global network streaming practices

Probe 6
11:00am - 2:30pm

Experiments in Radio Topographies
by Neurotransmitter & Ricardo Miranda Zuniga

In 1932, Bertolt Brecht claimed that the "radio is one-sided when it should
be two-.  It is purely an apparatus for distribution, for mere sharing out.
So here is a positive suggestion: Change the apparatus over from
distribution to communication.  The radio would be the finest possible
communication apparatus in public life, a vast network of pipes."
Unfortunately, over the seventy-four years since Brecht's treatise little
has changed in radio usage, quite the opposite, the radio waves have been
hijacked by corporate entities, largely with the aid of the Federal
Communications Council (FCC), a governmental group once intended to protect
independent radio programming.

However, the history of radio is global, diverse and contentious.  Radio
presents a history of corporate power, civil intervention, revolutionary
resistance, community advocacy.  It is these various histories that will be
addressed by the participants of "Experiments in Radio Topographies," in
which participants will be asked to investigate and then discuss these
histories in a dispersed format, rather than a centralized panel and
audience discussion.  The panel action will be transmitted live on the
free103point9 net radio station:

 Break 12:00pm - 12:10pm


Probe 7
12:10pm - 1:30pm
Art 144

Dreaming in the Hammock of Resistance
The Imaginaries of Free Cooperation
Dialogue: a collaborative Presentation by Brian Holmes and Trebor Scholz

 Probe 8
12:10pm - 1:30pm 
Art 136
Technical Run Through: Data-Programming for Community
with Holly Johnson & Paul Visco

Do you know how to write html but now want learn how to use open source
tools for databases (php, mysql) for your collaborative projects? Holly
Johnson will address the creation of data models in the use of data-base
driven tools for collaboration. How do you streamline data for

Paul Visco will demonstrate the use of these tools in his online local
community initiative
This introduction will be followed by a basic two-hour workshop:
creating forms that speak to databases. Holly and Paul will answer
particularly technical questions about structuring databases in this


Probe 9
12:10pm ­ 1:00pm 

Performance by Katrien Jacobs (Emerson College), Eugene Tan (Emerson
College) and Maurice Methot (Emerson College)

FREE COOP, the performance bodies of whirling academia, entered a twilight
of knowledge. Their voices were meeting and getting louder and louder.  FULL
NUDITY organized a session to suggest a whole new beginning for the COOP.
She was met with applause and many eloquent questions. VENDETTA, the always
well prepared and well dressed academic, bristled with fury. Come and
witness the beauty of stripping  of VENDETTA, THE ACADEMIC SUPERMODEL.

(Full nudity happening, mild participation encouraged, just bring pens and

Probe 10
12:10pm - 1:30pm
Expression of Women Through Pixels
J3 Jane Crayton, Jessica Leber, Jennifer Peterson
(University of Colorado at Bolder)

*Keyworkx Jam 
Keyworkx jam as a virtual collaborative web-based art presentation.

Probe 11
12:10pm ­ 1:30pm
Location: DMS 232

The Elastic Test Project (workshop)

Rozalinda Borcila (Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

"The Elastic test Project is an on-going series of performances developed
collaboratively as interventions into the normative cultural definitions of
"citizen" and "foreigner," by critically re-interpreting immigration and
naturalization in various locations.

This is a hands-on workshop and brainstorming session. We will put into
motion some of the collaborative methods used in our practice so far, and
collectively initiate new interventions."

 Lunch Break
1:30pm - 2:30pm


Probe 12
2:30pm - 3:50pm

Collaborations between Artists and Scientists
Interdisciplinarity and Collaboration

What does it mean to successfully collaborate in an
art/sci context (ie. experimental bio-info-edu-tainment)?

Critical Art Ensemble
Paul Vanouse (SUNY At Buffalo)
Claire Pentecost (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)


Try 13
3:40pm - 5:30pm
Who says artists can't organize?
Sarah Lewison (UCSD)

Lewison serves gin rickeys to lubricate a discussion
on collaborative economies and networks of aging
artist retirement homes.

Simon Sheikh (Nordic Institute For Contemporary Art; Helsinki, Finland)
Who is afraid of artists? Sheikh will talk about the foundation of the
artist¹s union UKK in Denmark.

Georg Schoelhammer (editor, Springerin Magazine for Contemporary Art,
Vienna (Austria)/ magnet magazine network)

Probe 14
2:30pm ­ 3:50pm

Game On Games
Play the conference-wide, conference-long 'Game on Games' in the gaps
between sessions; seek out the 'Game on Games' and make it your weekend
obsession; then gather to hear the outcome of collaborative artistic
meta-play at this culminating discussion.

McKenzie Wark (The New School)

Susan Laxton (Columbia University)

Rachel Stevens (Brown University)

Probe 15
2:30pm - 3:50pm

The ABC's of Collaboration. Collaborate or Die?

Robinson Crusoe, the Lonely Island, the beauty of consensus,
new emergent identities, mutual benefit, peer pleasure, variable durations,
scale. What about individual gain?

a room full of people are given questions-

What are flexible if/else statements or flow charts of collaboration?
What are key points of collaboration? Focus versus specificity in the
creation of collaboration, how to involve people, scale in
collaboration, working conditions, division of labor, credit economy

Within two hours a 15 minute video piece is created by all participants in
the workshop. Alternatively groups could create drawings, flow charts or
puppet plays. These results are given to the conference organizers for
addition to DVD or archive.

Mike Steventon (Mike Steventonqq; former chairman of the board; Interaccess,
Toronto/ and DespiteTV (London, UK), SENSBUS collaborative installation
using micro processors, coordinator/ co-creator of Art Interface Device
(AID), an open source collaborative tool for artists.

Kate Crawford (University of Sydney)


Probe 16
2:30pm - 3:50pm 
Collaborative Story-Telling Workshop
by Jessica Hammer (game developer, NYC) and Elizabeth Knipe:

Creation and reflection about the writing of a story guided by several
different sets of rules of distribution of authority.


Probe 17
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Collaborative project under construction
Carbon Defense League (Pittsburgh)



Break 3:50pm - 4:00pm

4:15pm ­ 5:00pm

moderatored: Geert Lovink / Trebor Scholz
All participants attend, sessions report, summary

175 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY
(716) 884-7172

Screening followed by discussion of works by Termite TV at Squeaky Wheel
collective working philosophy, self- and group promotion, sustainability,
consensus and aesthetic integrity

The five members/directors Termite TV Collective ( was
founded in 1991. How is the working styles and evolving collaborative
philosophy reflected in the changing aesthetic of the collective's video

EPILOGUE-- Post-conference Event

601 West 26th Street
New York, New York 10001
Tel: 212-937 0443
Email: info

Friday night, and all day Saturday and Sunday.
Both Days: $40 (for food - paid by participants in cash)
One Day: $25
³Enemy Collaborator² Tee Shirts at central office
desk of the provisional organizing committee Students with ID: $8 All
Others: $12  
Performance Caroline Koebel
Baby Hours: LOCATION: DMS 248  Saturday 1:30pm ­ 2:30pm, 5-6pm Sunday
10am - 11am, 1:30pm ­ 2:30pm
Josephine Anstey/ Dave Pape Lab


VR, Networking and Collaboration Saturday and Sunday  Info and sign up:  April 24 & 25 11:00am -
12:00pm Experiments in VR

Whose Streets - Chris Outlaw, Richard Wetzel (UB) The Trail The Trail -
Josephine Anstey, Dave Pape, Stuart Shapiro, Vikranth Rao, Orkan Telhan,
Trupti Devdas Nayak, Paul Visco (UB)          1:00pm - 3:30pm MetaSpace -
Chris Galbraith, Ivan Itchkawich, Adrian Levesque(UB) Aural Map - Dan Neveu
(UB)  4:00pm - 5:30pm Networked VR (VR networked between Buffalo, Indiana
and Chicago) PAAPAB - Josephine Anstey, Dave Pape, Dan Neveu (UB) Beat Box -
Margaret Dolinsky, Edward J. Dambik, Mitja Hmeljak, Nicolas Bradley (Indiana
University)         Looking for Water - Dan Sandin, Laurie Spiegel (EVL)
Rutopia - Daria Tsoupikova,  Alex Hill, Julieta Aguilera, Helen-Nicole
Kostis, Tina Shah (EVL) Julieta Aguilera, Seung Kang, Helen-Nicole Kostis,
Tina Shah, Geoffrey Allan Baum, Damin Keenan, Alex Hill (EVL)
Location: DMS lounge area
Informal Collective Space

meet/ play/ nap (sleeping bags available)/ dance/ hang out/
relax/go through the resource archive, table/ supported by the Toronto team:
Adrian Blackwell, Kika Thorne, Janis Demkiw, Emily Hogg, Jane Hutton,
Instant Coffee (Jon Sasaki & Jinhan Ko)  and  CEED - SUNY at Buffalo student
projects exploring the process of exchange between
designers and Community.

Screening: ³Studio on The Street²
by Tony Conrad
Location: DMS 239a 

This research initiative was made possible by the support of:

Center for Applied Technologies in Education,
The Office Of The Vice President For Research (UB),
Springerin (Hefte für Gegenwartskunst), c magazine, Edward H. Butler Chair
in the Department of English and Neural Magazine (Italy), The Department of
Media Study, the College of Fine Arts and Sciences.

image report  and fc_logs will follow

Description of Groups / Biographies of Participants
(as received at time of printing)
Saul Albert
Saul Albert is a researcher and janitor at the University of Openess
(, he works with many groups including: The People Speak
(, Twenteenth Century (, Dorkbot
( and the Cube (

Josephine Anstey
Josephine Anstey is a Virtual Reality artist, with a background in video
art and prose fiction. Her main research focus is creating interactive VR
drama. Her VR work includes PAAPAB, The Thing Growing, and The Multi Mega
Book in the CAVE. These works have shown at festivals and museums in the US,
Europe and Japan. She is an assistant professor at the Department of Media
Study, University at Buffalo.

Sandy Baldwin
Sandy Baldwin directs the Center for Literary Computing at West Virginia
University. Some topics of his recent publications includes: digital
literature, code poetics, the nemotechnics of user interfaces,
nanotechnology, crash test dummies, Paul Virilio, Arakawa and Gins. He
creates and performs his own work, and with the improvisational
collaborative Purkinge (aka 9 Way Mind) and the Atlanta Poets Group.
16 Beaver Group
16 Beaver Group is located in downtown Manhattan
and has established itself as a place for artists, activists, curators,
critics and others who are interested in initiating and maintaining an
ongoing space and time for the practice and discussion of contemporary
art, theory, and politics. The topics discussed come directly out of
the interests or projects of the participants.

Joline Blais
Fiction writer Joline Blais is Asst. Prof. of New Media at UMaine and
co-founder of Still Water for network art and culture. She previously
directed Digital Media Studies at NY Polytechnic University and launched
media studies in SCPS at NYU. Blais' research and creative work explores new
narrative forms, and includes forthcoming _The Edge of Art_, and _Sorties_,
a recently completed novel. 
Blips are temporary departures from familiar experience. Based on the
concept that the majority of cultural activity in our post-industrial
society remains invisible to the institutions and discourses -critics, art
historians, collectors, dealers, museums, curators and arts administrators-
who manage and interpret contemporary culture, is a collaborative
online project that seeks to archive and reflect critically on this
"creative dark matter." This open history project contains a database of
multimedia submissions, selected essays that reflect on issues raised by
this content, as well as a web log for critical debate. We encourage
individuals and organizations to submit artwork, ideas, documents, and
information of a wide variety that belongs to this shadow realm of
creativity. The domain is registered on the island of Tokelau, 480 km north
of Western Samoa. (blips is Brian Holmes, Tom Leonhardt, Trebor Scholz,
Gregory Sholette, Orkan Telhan)

Tony Conrad
Tony Conrad teaches video at UB. He was associated with the founding of both
"minimal" music and "underground" cinema. His film "The Flicker" is a key
"structural" film. He performs his music, primarily for amplified violin, in
the US and internationally. His video work has been shown internationally.
In the early 1990s he worked with several collectives in Buffalo producing
work for public access cable television.

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun
Wendy Chun teaches digital media theory at Brown University. She is
currently completing _Control and Freedom_ (forthcoming MIT 2005),
co-editing _New Media, Old Media_ (forthcoming Routledge 2004), and starting
a new project on the history of code.  She has been a fellow at the
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and currently holds a Wriston
Fellowship from Brown.

Critical Art Ensemble
Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) is a collective of four tactical media
practitioners of various specializations including computer graphics and web
design, wetware, film/video, photography, text art, book art, and
performance. Formed in 1987, CAE¹s focus has been on the exploration of the
intersections between art, critical theory, technology, and political
Valie Djordjevic
Valie Djordjevic lives in Berlin where she is active on the fringes of art
and media. She is a member of mikro e.V. <>, a Berlin based
association examining the facets of media culture and list coordinator for
the FACES mailing list <>. She works in different contexts Å0É2
writing, lectures, organizing events - on the topics of gender, networking,
information and art.

Michael Frisch
Professor, History & American Studies, UB; Principal, Randforce
Associates--developing digital indexing for audio/video oral history
documentation, and related applications; Author: A Shared Authority, Essays
on the Craft and Meaning of Oral and Public History; and Portraits in Steel
(with photographer Milton Rogovin)--hoto portraits/oral histories of Buffalo
steelworkers, before and after deindustrialization(Oral History Association
Book Prize, 1993-95) ; President, American Studies Association (2[PHONE NUMBER REMOVED]).

Sher Doruff
Sher Doruff is currently creative director of the Sensing Presence
department of the Waag Society/for old and new media in Amsterdam, and a
core member of the development team of KeyWorx. She is also a digital artist
and doctoral student with the London Institute/CSM researching collaborative
performance methods. She also heads the Augmented Performance Practice
module of the Dance Unlimited MA program in the Netherlands.

John Duda
Besides his current position as a PhD candidate in the Humanities Center at
Johns Hopkins University (where he is researching the historical and
epistemological issues posed by the problematic intersections of the
scientific and the political), John Duda has collaborated actively on the
electronic underpinnings of the global social revolution. During a three
year stint in Amsterdam, he was a part of the ASCII( computer
collective and helped run its squatted free-internet/free-software cafe.  He
has been a contributor to various indymedia technical efforts since 2000,
most recently helping to develop the open source Mir software
( and implementing the FTAA IMC web site(  He
is the maintainer of the project, which offers a database of
Non-capitalist technology initiatives.

Rene Gabri
Rene Gabri, Iranian-Armenian, born in Tehran, moved to Athens, then Los
Angeles, now based in New York.  His solo projects, are largely based around
the mediums of film, video, audio and text.  He has been exploring a broad
range of topics including cities, memory, confession, popular culture,
television, music and issues related to in-between-ness and drifting in
general.  In addition, to his solo projects, he has been involved with and
initiated a broad range of collaborative situations and frameworks.
At the conclusion of the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program in
1999, Rene co-initiated 16Beaver (

Gender Changer Academy (GCA)
GCA is a free ICT platform for and by women worldwide. We organize
non-profit courses, workshops and carnivals in DIY computer hardware and
free software, and cooperate with organizations like ASCII, ChicasLinux,
MAMA, Zene na Delu, SARAI,and N5M. Further GCA productions are t-shirts,
bags, jewelry, stickers, posters, blankets and other haptic perceptions of
female computing environments.

Eric Goldhagen
Eric Goldhagen is a technology worker with a background in journalism and
print production. He is a Senior Partner at Openflows Networks Ltd.; founder
of the InterActivist Network project of ABC No Rio; member of the
Autonomedia publishing collective; coordinator of a free public access
computer center at ABC No Rio and occasionally does production work for the
radical comic World War 3 Illustrated.
Anna Harding
Harding is a curator and writer living in London, Programme Director of the
MA Creative Curating at Goldsmiths College 1995-2003, and edited the book
Curating: The Contemporary Art Museum and Beyond (1997). Recent projects
include Interference:Public Sound ( in 2003
and Potential: Angoing Archive 2002. I am currently working on a book about
collaborations between artists and young people.

Michelle Higa
Michelle Higa is a Providence based artist interested in interactive
video installation. Her collaborations in the immersive virtual reality
Cave were shown in the Boston Cyberarts Festival. She is currently
serving as an Editor in Chief for CHAISE, a DVD magazine featuring
emerging artists, and completing her honors thesis in Art: Semiotics at
Brown University.

Jon Ippolito
One of many footsoldiers in the battle between network and hierarchic
culture, Jon Ippolito is an artist, Guggenheim curator, and co-founder of
the Still Water program for network art and culture at the University of
Maine. His current projects--including the Variable Media Network, the Open
Art Network, and a forthcoming book entitled _The Edge of Art_--aim to
expand the art world beyond its traditional preoccupations.

Katrien Jacobs
Katrien Jacobs is assistant professor in new media at Emerson College. She
wrote a Ph.D. dissertation on dismemberment mythologies in 60s/70s body art
and theory. She has published several articles on sexuality, pornography and
new media art in journals such as Wide Angle and Cultural Studies. She has
lectured widely on pornography in Europe, Australia, Asia and the USA. An
Emerson College Faculty Advancement Grant and residency at arts center KC
nOna (Belgium) have enabled her in recent years to develop work as web-based
entity libidot.¹ ( Libidot and dr.Jacobs will soon
become the main characters in her fortcoming book 'Banned From Apple
Timothy Jaeger
Timothy Jaeger produces live media events, video installations, and social
networks. His work has been shown in venues such as the Electronic Orphanage
(L.A.), The Thing (NYC), Open Air Radio (Barcelona), Galerie Hubert Winter
(Vienna), and WKCR (NYC). Currently he is an MFA candidate / Graduate
Researcher at CRCA / UCSD, where he studies and works with Jordan Crandall,
Lev Manovich, and Barbara Kruger.

Holly Johnson
Holly Johnson is a graduate student and adjunct instructor at UB, as well as
an online journalist and web designer. She was active with the Philadelphia
Independent Media Center during the Republican National Convention and
beyond. She conducts research on the portrayal of Afghan women by Western

Caroline Koebel
Caroline Koebel's interdisciplinary practice often confronts the
problematics of female being-in-the-world and the expression of
subjectivities at odds with commercial culture.  She has a serious
commitment to DIY ethos, a fruit in part of her teenage days as a punk in
Columbus, Ohio. Her works have been shown across the USA, as well as in
Brazil, Ireland, Cuba, Thailand, and elsewhere. Her writings on art and
contemporary culture have appeared in Art Papers, Brooklyn Rail, Dialogue,
and Wide Angle. She teaches in the Department of Media Study at the
University at Buffalo.
Barbara Lattanzi
Barbara Lattanzi produces screen-based media including software for video
improvisation. Lattanzi knows Buffalo (locale of Free Cooperation events) to
have a complex history as site of lively and admirably contentious cultures
of cooperation, through her involvement (1980s and 90s) with Buffalo art
organizations and activist media groups. Now teaching at Smith College,
Massachusetts, Lattanzi's URL is
<> .
Martin Lucas
Martin Lucas is a media activist and videomaker with a 20-year background in
documentary and media art. An early member of the Paper Tiger Television
Collective, Martin has worked and taught in many alternative media contexts.
Martin currently teaches in the Film and Media Studies Dept. at Hunter
College, CUNY, and is Director of Technology at Manhattan Neighborhood
Susan Laxton
Susan Laxton is a doctoral candidate in Columbia University's Department of
Art History and Archaeology, happy to be defending her dissertation - Paris
as Gameboard: Ludic Strategies in Surrealism - in two weeks. Most recently
she has published in the journals _Postmodern Culture_ and _Papers of
Surrealism_, and has curated an exhibition on Man Ray's Atget collection at
the Wallach Gallery in New York.

Sarah Lewison
Sarah Lewison: Since the 70s heyday of food coops, IÅ0Ç8ve been interested
in sharing as form.  How hokey.  Research areas: Property as privacy.
Sustainability pedagogy: as material life, time, invention, economics,
politics. Vernacular technologies and distributive research. Amateur
sociology, new agey and media therapies. The respective scales of socially
exchanged substances: land, water, bacteria, neurosis, towels, money,
viruses and food. 

Patrick Lichty
Patrick Lichty is an artist, editor, curator and activist of over 15 years.
He is Editor-In-Chief of Intelligent Agent Magazine, and part of the Yes

Geert Lovink  
Geert Lovink is a media theorist and Internet critic, based in Amsterdam.
He is the founder of numerous Internet projects such as the Nettime
and Fibreculture mailing lists. He is the co-organizer of conferences like
Next  Five Minutes and TulipomaniaDotcom (Amsterdam), Dark Markets (Vienna)
and Crisis Media (Delhi). The MIT Press recently published his writing on
critical Internet culture 'Dark Fiber' and 'Uncanny Networks,' a collection
of his interviews. In October 2003 V2_Publishing brought out his latest
study on Internet culture  My First Recession.

Nathan Martin
Nathan Martin is a new media artist, collective experimenter,
technologist, designer, writer, and programmer currently living in
Pittsburgh, PA as a Research Fellow at Carnegie Mellon Universitys
STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. Nathan is a founding member of the media
arts collective Carbon Defense League (CDL). Nathan is currently
working on the CDL project MapHub and writing a book called Parasites,
Splinters, and Thieves as part of a residency he was awarded for the year
2004 at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry.

Marie-Christiane Mathieu
Marie-Christiane Mathieu, new medias artist, has completed a PhD on a
network collaborative project entitle "Monument du vide" for which she has
developed a creative process based on theatrical approaches. Mathieu has
analyzed, during this project, multiple communication layers from which she
is now proposing the concept of the "aître." She is currently working on the
development of virtual alcoves.

Maurice Methot
Assistant Professor in Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College.
Sound artist.

Jorge Nava
Born in the midst of the cultural crossroads that is the Mexican-U.S.
border, Jorge Nava uses digital media to explore and participate in the
linguistic, aesthetic, social, and other collisions of art and culture in
the shifting context of the New World. He is an MFA candidate at UCSD where
he works with Ruben Ortiz-Torres, Natalie Jeremijenko, and Barbara Kruger.
Alan O'Connor
Alan O'Connor was one of the founders of the Toronto Infoshop Whos Emma in
the 1990s and also one of the founding members of the Toronto Free School.
In 2003 he was involved in setting up the very successful Anarchist Free
University in Toronto. The Free University offers ten-week academic
courses on subjects from Radical Theories of Sexuality, Collaborative Art,
the Situationist International, and the history of 1968. The Anarchist
University believes that "We are all students, we are all teachers".
All courses are free. For more details see:

Dave Pape
Dave Pape is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Study of the
University at Buffalo, working in digital media - computer graphics and
virtual reality. He received a PhD in Computer Science from the University
of Illinois at Chicago, at the Electronic Visualization Laboratory.

Scott Paterson (PdPal)
Scott Paterson is an architect, artist and interaction designer in New York
City. He studied architecture at the University of Minnesota CALA and
Columbia University GSAP. He is on the faculty of Parsons School of Design
where he teaches Interface Design, Multimedia and Thesis Studios in the MFA
in Design and Technology Program.

PDPal, a public art project currently for PDA's and the web, is a
storytelling mapping application that transforms your everyday activities
and urban experiences into a dynamic city that you write. PDPal Walkabout is
a workshop to develop psychogeographic-inspired mapping missions, conduct a
walkabout, record it using a pictogrammic shorthand and ultimately to help
us determine best methods for making our upcoming PDA to cell phone
Horit Herman Peled
horithp is a collaborative personal
piece, between a human/political engagement and an artistic pursuit.
This project, like other projects in my work, seeks to interrogate the
meaning of art production, distribution and consumption. Through a
concrete, local intervention it endeavors to undermine the artistic
domain of producing exclusive exchange value and venture into the
domain of inclusive use value art production.
Loss Pequeño Glazier
Loss Pequeño Glazier is a digital poet, professor of Media Study, a Poetics
Program Core Faculty member, and director of the Electronic Poetry Center
( at SUNY Buffalo. His books include Anatman, Pumpkin
Seed, Algorithm (Salt Publishing, 2003) and Digital Poetics: The Making of
E-Poetries (Univ. of Alabama Press, 2002). He director of the E-Poetry
digital poetry festivals and his work has been shown at the Kulturforum,
Berlin, the Guggenheim, New York, and elsewhere. His work is available at
his EPC author page (

Thomas Owen 
Thomas Owen is currently finishing graduate work at Brown University in the
Computer Music and Multimedia Department. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in
Music Synthesis from Berklee College of Music. His installation/performance
work using interactive music and video has been shown in conferences at
Brown, Dartmouth, Princeton, Berkley and the New School. (Here at SUNY
Buffalo he'll present an installation in collaboration with Rachel Stevens)

 Jenny Perlin
Jenny Perlin studied film and cultural studies at Brown University,
completed her MFA in Film at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and
postgraduate studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York
Perlin's films and drawings work with and against the documentary tradition,
incorporating innovative stylistic techniques to emphasize issues of truth,
misunderstanding, and personal history. She has recently completed View from
Elsewhere, a look at conditions of political asylum seekers in Switzerland,
and Perseverance & How to Develop It, a film about the cultural and social
histories of self-help in the United States. Her films have won awards at
numerous festivals, and have been exhibited in galleries and museums both in
the US and abroad. 

Andrea Polli
Andrea Polli is a digital media artist living in New York City.  She is
currently an Associate Professor of Film and Media at Hunter College.
Polli's work addresses issues related to science and technology in
contemporary society. Her projects often bring together artists and
scientists from various disciplines. She has exhibited, performed, and
lectured nationally and internationally.

Shawn Rider
Shawn Rider is a writer and media artist with specialties in interactive
literature, cyberculture,, and videogames. He is currently pursuing
an MFA in the Department of Media Study, SUNY at Buffalo. He most often
works collaboratively with photographer and critic, Sarah Wichlacz. His
website can be found at
Stefan Römer
Living in Cologne and Munich he is working as an artist and author in
the fields of Conceptual Art, Critique of the Public Sphere, Image- and
Text relations, New Media and Interculturaltheory; publications in
newspapers, magazines and books. Received the Price for Art Critics from
the Arbeitskreis deutscher Kunstvereine in 2000.
Assistant at the Academy for Arts and New Media in Cologne (1999-2002);
now Professor for New Media at the Academy of Arts in Munich (since 2003).

Ricardo Rosas
Ricardo Rosas is a writer, translator, activist and electronic musician.
He´s the senior editor of Rizoma (, a Brazilian site
dedicated to activist art, tactical media and counter-cultural issues. He
was one of the organizers of the Brazilian Tactical Media Laboratory, Midia
Tatica Brasil ( He currently lives in Sao Paulo.

Stephanie Rothenberg
Stephanie Rothenberg uses performance, installation and digital media to
create solicitous interactions that question the boundaries and social
constructs of manufactured desires. Reflecting on her past life as a
dot-comer and her new life in the institution, Stephanie is interested in
expanding the vocabulary of communication design through collaborative
activities with students and communities at large. She has lectured and
exhibited nationally and internationally. She is Assistant Professor in the
Communication Design Program in the Department of Art at SUNY Buffalo.

Jon Rubin
Jon Rubin is an Associate Professor of Film and New Media at SUNY/Purchase,
where for the past two years he has taught the Cross-Cultural Video Project
- collaboratively linking his American students with students in Minsk,
Belarus. He is also the Director of The Floating Cinema, a choreographic
waterfront projection work, which is tentatively scheduled to appear in
Holland, Berlin and NYC in 2004.

Georg Schöllhammer
Georg Schöllhammer is editor in chief of springerin Hefte für
Gegenwartskunst and currently works on a publication program
for documenta 12.

Trebor Scholz
Trebor Scholz is an East Berlin-born media artist and critic who divides his
time between Buffalo and Brooklyn. He links his political investments and
artistic sensitivities with his commitment to emerging networked media.
Occasionally he focuses on an event-oriented practice. Scholz exhibits and
lectures widely nationally and internationally. He is assistant professor in
the Department of Media Study, SUNY at Buffalo.

School of Missing Studies (SMS)
School of Missing Studies (SMS) provides a flexible educational platform and
a network for international study and exchange on cultural issues related to
the urban environment in cities marked by or currently undergoing political,
social, and cultural transition. SMS will provide productive research and
project opportunities for young professionals in architecture and art who
are dealing with what is "missing" in their studies with regard to processes
of local urban change. Participants in SMS will explore the smooth area
among established disciplines such as architecture, art, sociology and
cultural studies to bring to light the missing phenomena of urban transition
in Belgrade, Munich, Rotterdam and Zurich.
Eva Sjuve
Eva Sjuve, media artist, has been exhibiting in Europe, Asia, USA, South
America and Australia. She started out building a local radio network in the
early 80's and then moved on to Cable TV in 1985 to make interactive shows.
She is now curating exhibits and developing work for public space
integrating wifi, mobile phone, Internet.

Gregory Sholette 
Gregory Sholette is a NYC based artist, writer, activist and founding member
of Political Art Documentation and Distribution and REPOhistory. He is
currently editing the book Collectivism After Modernism with UC Davis art
historian Blake Stimson for University of Minnesota Press.
Alan Sondheim
I was ripped out of the world. Inverse: I made a mess with the 'results.' I can't add to the texts there. What does anguish
'mean' in the face of Empire? I will not be a collaborator. Sometimes the we
works in unison. I kept an image of Bikini Atoll in the midst of an
explosion. I bear witness to nothing.
Loren Sonnenberg
Media and community activist currently residing in Buffalo, New York. Most
notable as catalyst and board member of the Access Community Center
(, a local youth oriented, alternative
community center run through collaborative program planning and consensus
based decision making. Currently graduating from the University at Buffalo's
program in Media Studies and continuing on for graduate work here.

Rachel Stevens
Rachel Stevens is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York City.
Her projects explore the intersection of art, technology, media and
materiality. Currently she is Visiting Assistant Professor in the
Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University and has also
taught at RISD and the New School. In 2[PHONE NUMBER REMOVED] she was Associate
Curator at Creative Time in NYC.

Termite TV Collective
Dorothea Braemer, Meg Knowles, Mike Kuetemeyer, Carl Lee, Anula Shetty.
Founded in 1992, Termite TV is a not-for-profit video collective with
members based in Philadelphia, PA and Buffalo, NY. Termite TV produces
alternative programming for television, the web and screening, performance
and installation venues. The mission of Termite TV is to create
multi-faceted and multi-voiced works which address issues of cultural,
political, and aesthetic concern." A peculiar fact about
termite-tapeworm-fungus-moss art is that it moves always forward, eating its
own boundaries, and likely as not, leaves nothing in its path but evidence
of eager, industrious, unkempt activities" manny farber
Paul Visco
Paul Visco is a UB MFA student, data artist, and adjunct instructor at
Canisius College.  Paul's most recent work,, focuses on
the de-globalization of the web and is an initiative using open source
languages and databases to enhance local community by allowing local people
with little or no computer background to express themselves using a
click-publish format.

Kurt Weibers. 
Kurt¹s experience includes working directly with top CEO¹s in fortune 500
companies as well as hundreds of entrepreneurs in the biotech, defense, IT,
global manufacturing and sports industries; Kurt¹s speeches and seminars are
grounded in 10 years of traveling the world, interviewing workers and
collaborating with managers.
Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga
Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga grew up between Nicaragua and San Francisco. Tied to
a multi-disciplinary education, his bicultural background has led to work
based on a twofold principle: approach communication as a creative process;
and investigate how economic realities formulate not only the world we live
in, but more importantly, the lives we lead. Ricardo¹s portfolio is
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