[-empyre-] Farewell Ricardo, Lana, Mariam and Angel for "Sites in Translation"

dear -empyreans-

Thanks to artists Ricardo Miranda Zuniga, Mariam Ghani, Lana Lin, H. Lan Thao Lam, and Angel Nevarez
for joining us on -empyre- this month for the theme "Sites in Translation."

In 2004, five artists and collaborative groups were commissioned to make web-based projects for the latest edition of inSite, the binational exhibition of site-specific work staged every few years along the San
Diego/Tijuana border. "Tijuana Calling" is online at:


Thanks again to everyone for engaging this difficult set of topics, as the artists themselves asked at the beginning of the month:

Is the net a vast ‘no-man’s-land,’ a border-free zone contiguous to every place but specific to none? Or does the net re-enact the politics of physical geography, with its own border policies and politics of exclusion, recognition and reciprocity? Is it possible for new media artists to activate the net for the staging of projects responsible and
responsive to communities that fall between legitimized power sectors, and if so how?



details on our guests:

------------------------------------------------>Ricardo Miranda Zuniga grew up between Nicaragua, and San Francisco. A
bicultural upbringing tied to a multidisciplinary education has led to work that attempts to cultivate interaction with the viewer and may include performance, sculpture, video and audio, the Internet or a combination of all. The principle behind the work is communication as a creative process. <http://www.ambriente.com/>

---------------------------------------------->Mariam Ghani is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work in video, installation, new media, text and public dialogue performance investigates how history is constructed and reconstructed as narrative in the present. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 1999, and she has been making web-based projects since 2003. <http://www.kabul- reconstructions.net/mariam>

----------------------------------------------->Lana Lin is a New York-based media artist whose practice interprets
cultural histories and the processes of identification. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, China Taipei Film Archive, Taiwan, and the Festival de
Femmes, Creteil, France.

------------------------------------------------->H. Lan Thao Lam is a bilingual artist/writer who has lived in Vietnam,
Malaysia, Canada and the US. Lam's work probes the inter- relationships between place and history, architecture and philosophy. Lam is the recipient of the Canadian Council for the Arts Media Grant, H.L. Rous Sculpture Award, and James Robertson Environmental Design Award.

------------------------------------------------>Angel Nevarez was born in Mexico City, 1970, and raised in the United States. Nevarez studied biology at the University of California, San Diego and in 2001-2002 was a studio fellow of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. He is co-founder of the artist collaborative neuroTransmitter, whose work fuses transmission and conceptual art. <http://www.neurotransmitter.fm/>

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