Re: [-empyre-] Farewell to "Whispering in the Dark" and the Journal ofAesthetics and Protest

Hi all,

Even though it is 3pm here in Canberra, I wanted to comment on the November
edition of -empyre-

I have spent most of this month lurking way, reading all the posts and thinking
about my potential responses - but alas nver got fingers to keyboard...

So now I am in overtime but would like to say that I will be reading back over
the many excellent posts in the archive.

Thank you to everyone who has made this such a good discussion.

Best wishes

Tracey Benson

Quoting christina mcphee <>:

A note on the time:

Since it is still November here in California, for a few more hours, the moderators will accept posts re: the November topic this evening until midnight Pacific time 4.1/2 hours from now. After that, we will begin the new topic on Art and Cognitition. This topic will be introduced tomorrow morning, the dawn of December 1 in Brazil, where our guest moderator lives. Nonetheless, -empyre is Aussie, based at the University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts where it is now, and has been for hours! already December 1. Begging the indulgence of our more advanced neighbors at another corner of the Pacific, if anyone wants to write anything else re: Whispering in the Dark, it needs to be posted in the next 4 hours.


-----Original Message-----
From: Christina McPhee <>
Sent: Nov 30, 2005 2:14 PM
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Subject: [-empyre-] Farewell to "Whispering in the Dark" and the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest

dear -empyreans-

As November draws to an end, "Whispering in in the Dark, conspiratorial incantations" have conjured a thousand and one jhinnis who will magically transport the reader, like Aladdin, to... where? To the next adventure,

" embracing resistances where they may be found"

 (Deborah Kelly,  <

Thanks to the American artists, editors and writers involved in the Los Angeles-based Journal of Aesthetics and Protest.

Bookmark the  archive of the complete discussion from this url:

The Journal's remit -- and the focus of this month's discussion --
has been to ask,

"How can a discourse not be tied to the expression or promotion of
particular industrial technologies? How has and how can we reframe
the category of new media? How does new media and new media discourse
impact communities and social justice? How does the commodification
of discourse influence understandings of tactical media's

Thanks to Christina Ulke, Marc Herbst, Cara Baldwin, Robby Herbst,
Ryan Griffis and Nato Thompson for generously giving of their time,
thought and writing craft for -empyre- soft-skinned space.  And not
least to list readers who challenged and supported the discourse
throughout, including,  Frederic Madre, jonCates, Alex Killough,
James Barrett, Deborah Kelly, Edmar, Christine Goldbeck, Kenneth
Newby, Henry Warwick, Elizabeth Day, and Simon Taylor.

Stay in touch for next month on -empyre- soft-skinned space, as we turn to questions of art and cognition.


----------------------------->Cara Baldwin was born on a military
base at the end of the Vietnam War and has since returned to the
sound of helicopter blades rattling her crib. She received her MFA at
CalArts in 2000 and has since organized several projects that deal
with public space. She's an independent curator, editor, artist and
writer living in Los Angeles.

----------------------------->Ryan Griffis is an artist whose work
takes the forms of writing, curating and otherwise performative
activities, often in collaborative situations. Focusing on the social
problematics of technology, he writes regular reviews of art and
culture for Rhizome, ArtUS and other on and offline publications.
"YOUgenics," a traveling series of exhibitions and events about
genetic technologies curated by Ryan since 2001, was recently
exhibited at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is a
member of the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest collective and also
moonlights as a part-time travel agent for the Temporary Travel
Office - an ongoing investigation into the sub-rational desires for

----------------------------->Marc Herbst is currently completing is
a site-specific photo collage project involving neighborhood
demographic statistics aimed at communicating cold economic realities
to distinct homes. He works with pirate radio, diy and grassroots
media . He currently is beginning a group of abstract biomorphic
monuments to extinct or endangered community institutions such as
historical memory, telephone trees, and shared values. He teaches web
design, performance art and sculpture at UC San Diego and American
Intercontinental University LA.

----------------------------->Robby Herbst is interested in the
networks of visual media that foster the development of
intersubjective power. His new-genres practice explores, initiates,
and enacts democratic negotiations with culture. Since 1996 Robby has
been around the creation of several autonomously run media
collectives (Radio Dumbo, Indymedia Seattle and Los Angeles, Journal
of Aesthetics and Protest). Currently he is excited about the Journal
of Aesthetics and Protest?s slide library. The library attempts to
address the many problems of LA?s gallery and academic art systems by
unveiling ?dark matter?, accomplished through the creation of a
publicly accessible archive.

----------------------------->Christina Ulke lives and works as an artist in Los Angeles. Her site-specific and often collaborative public art practice revolves around questions of globalization?s aftermath, the deconstruction of normalized racist technological hegemonies and the articulation of a radically local iconography. In an attempt to create locally meaningful discursive sites, Ulke co- founded c-level (now beta-level) in LA?s Chinatown and is also a co- editor of the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest. Ulke currently teaches at UCSD's Visual Arts Department. http:// closeencounters.html

----------------------------->Nato Thompson is a writer, activist,
and Assistant Curator at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts.
Recent curatorial projects there include "The Interventionists: Art
in the Social Sphere," a survey of interventionist political art
practices of the 90s, and edited a related book, "The
Interventionists: Users' Manual for the Creative Disruption of
Everyday Life," MIT Press 2004. He is a co-organizor at the
Department of Space and Land Reclamation and strong believer in
radical practice. His writings on art and politics have been
published in tema celeste, Parkett, New Art Examiner, the College Art
Association Art Journal and In These Times. Nato is a contributing
writer to the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest.

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