Re: [-empyre-] Re: empyre Digest, Vol 11, Issue 4

Hi Sue,

The growth of digital space has been so rapid and the web environment is so 
extraordinary! There is a great need for documentation of our experiences 
in creating and working online. 'm looking forward to your book!  
I also added a link to it in the bibliography.

I began to address the question of how the changes in this environment have
shaped by own work in a book chapter book chapter : Interactive Stories:
Writing Public Literature in an Evolving Internet Environment --

The preface I wrote for the Women, Art and Technology  book approaches the question
of gender approaches in digital art by quoting responses from the online panel 
Gender and Identity in New Media  which I produced for for the Invencao Conference in Brazil in 1999.
I invite readers of this list to visit this conference --
as the responses are diverse and intelligent. (note that these pages were done in 1999 and I need to revisit it
 to clean up the dead links)

In concluding the preface to the book, I wrote:

The following texts offer an array of inviting doors.  Although neither a definitive 
gender definition nor a separation of genders is ultimately desirable, a consideration 
of gender identity is implicit in the opening and entering."


At 08:05 AM 12/6/03 +0000, you wrote:
>Hi Judy!
> I'm really excited to see that your book is out now and I look forward to
>reading it.
>You ask what women are doing now. I'm doing something I really enjoy so I'll
>tell you about that. I don't so much make work in the digital space as
>comment on what's happening there, and I've finally managed to finish a book
>about that life and find a wonderful publisher - Raw Nerve
> - who will bring it into being
>next Spring. The book is called Hello World: travels in virtuality
>The reason I'm enjoying it so much is that unlike my previous books, which
>were taken from me still warm, packaged and distributed with jackets and
>designs decided on without me, this one has been brought to life in a joint
>effort between Ann Kaloski, my editor, based in the Dept of Womens' Studies
>at the University of York, UK, and Hilary Doran, the designer of the book,
>who lives in Washington DC, and myself. All the major issues have been
>discussed every step of the way and I have learned a great deal from both of
>them in the process, not least a lot from Ann about the nature of my own
>work. Making it has been and still is a fascinating and absorbing experience
>and I think it will permanently change my approach to creative production.
>I'll write more about that in six months or so when the book is out and
>we've finished the entire cycle.
>But I'd like to ask you a question - the obvious one, really. Do you see any
>major differences between the ways in which women and men approach the
>making of art with technology? I ask this tentatively because I very much
>subscribe to the hope that one day we will be away to sweep away those
>physical differences and all be spivaks anyway, but I can't resist the
>question in the context of the publication of your book and am genuinely
>curious to hear your thoughts and those of others on this list.
>empyre forum

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