[-empyre-] farewell to 'what is to be done?(education) in collaboration with documenta 12 magazine project

dear list,

I am writing at a moment of great sadness as I have just learned of the sudden death of someone I've known since my teen years, someone who was once my sister in law and is the mother of my wonderful two neices and nephew. The shock of news like this makes the difficulties of the online experience diminish as the overwhelming reality of lives lived and lost, suffering and pain play out in a relentless way no matter whatever 'is to be done". The tragedy of a life cut short brings to mind how precious the contributions are, from all of you who read and sometimes write on this list, who, among the living, take time somehow in the midst of the crush of events, responsibilities, and complexity, to participate in communication with one another. Each of you has a stake in the ongoing creativity of a hypertext that here makes a space for learning from one another, no matter how scattershot or haphazard the making of that space may be from time to time. I want to say again that I believe that this forum vitally connects real lives and makes a difference off line, in the so called real world. Giving space for thinking and speaking in this virtual agora matters as we lose more and more public space in the built environment and our mediated transactions are so time consuming and ubiquitous that through sheer exhaustion we are tempted to shut down, to move out of the light, to not be seen. My sister disappeared, has disappeared, and there is no way to bring her back. For those of us left living, it is still a human connection that celebrates our common life in the 'soft-skinned space' of -empyre-.

With these thoughts we bring the documenta 12 magazine project collaboration with -empyre- to a close. An edited linear pdf of this month's texts will be available shortly (by mid-February) on our sites; and eventually with documenta 12 magazine project next summer online. Again, my deepest thanks to all of you who've participated with such seriousness of purpose in the three months (March and July 2006) and January 2007-- dedicated to our collaboration with documenta 12. Special thanks to our guests this month -- Ollivier Dyens (CA), Iliyana Nedkova (SCT), Chris Robbins (US), Melinda Rackham (AU), Chris Molinski/Art Gallery of Knoxville (US), Claudia Reiche (DE), Sharon Daniel (US), RIcardo Rosas (BR); and to our readers who responded, including Brian Holmes, Aliette Certhoux, Brett Stalbaum, Christophe Bruno, Dirk Vekemans, GH Hovagimyan, Henry Warwick, Jacky Sawatsky, Jim Andrews, Marc Garret, mez breeze, Saul Ostrow, and Vijay Pattisapu. Thanks also to my fellow moderators, especially Marcus Bastos , for helping with list moderation. We will be taking a break on -empyre- until March 1, 2007 when Marcus will introduce a new topic having to do with locative media.

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