[-empyre-] June on -empyre-: we-blog with abe linkoln, jimpunk, Chris Ashley and Tom Moody

-empyre-  takes pleasure in welcoming four artists whose work engages the
medium of the weblog as a new area for artistic practice.

As the heritage of the Internet itself can be traced back to its use a
text-transmission device, it is unsurprising that textuality can still be
explored, re-positioned and re-presented in compelling ways through the
medium of the Internet.  As one of the most recent memes to infect
mainstream culture, the blog is suddenly an essential business tool, an
important force in the ongoing development of journalism, and a new
conversational network.

Mixing the genres of the documentary, the journal, the personal
conversation, the usenet discussion board, this month's artists bring the
weblog into the realm of artistic practice in the network.


abe linkoln lives here: www.linkoln.net <http://www.linkoln.net>
here's a tattoo he has:  http://linkoln.net/neversaydie.jpg
and he wrote this funny email once:

jimpunk uses the tools of dataculture to create cinematic, yet
linguistically-based work that asserts computer control over the browser.
jimpunk's work and texts are available through http://www.jimpunk.com/

Chris Ashley is an artist, writer, and educator living and working in
Oakland, California.  In addition to his work as a painter, he posts an HTML
drawing every day, and regularly posts writing about art on his weblog
(http://www.chrisashley.net).  The weblog, called "Look, See", has a full
archive of past HTML drawings, images of paintings and drawings, art
writing, and writing by others about the HTML drawings.

Tom Moody is a visual artist based in New York. His low-tech art made with
MSPaintbrush, photocopiers, and consumer printers has appeared in solo shows
at Derek Eller Gallery and UP&CO. Documentation of his studio practice, as
well as his digital animation, music, and writing on a variety of topics,
appears regularly on his weblog at http://www.digitalmediatree.com/tommoody/
. Launched in February 2001, the blog was recently recommended along with 11
others in the Art in America article "Art in the Blogosphere."

Michael Arnold Mages

Digital Media Studies
University of Denver, USA

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