Re: [-empyre-] second posting from teddy cruz

Hi, Teddy,

I very much appreciate your call to attend to the redefinition of institutional structures just as we contemplate contestational exhibitions and structures. From within the academy, I've always maintained that the development of new progressive programs and curricula over the years matters not enough if they don't come with the revision of the deadening hierarchical principles governing most departmental structure. This is one of the reasons that Renate and I are so committed to -empyre-, which we believe provides all users with an open forum for the development of progressive approaches to new media and culture.

How to do so is a tricky, but crucial issue. I think we've heard very significant accounts of Critical Spatial Practice this month, so it's nice to end the month with clear articulations of its importance.

We're now in Montreal for the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Daniel Langlois Foundation, which has funded some very significant interventions in Critical Spatial Practices by progressive artists such as Muntadas. But, curiously, the large exhibition of work by some of the funded artists doesn't seem to include that many artists with explicit political articulations, such as Muntadas; the clearest exception is Lynn Hershman's A Room of One's Own, which is a critical interactive performance of male voyeurism created in the nineties. So as we celebrate the aesthetic lure of new media, we agree that we need to maintain the edge of criticality in social as well as aesthetic contexts.

Thanks, we're looking forward to reading how your dialogue with Markus develops over the weekend.



-- Timothy Murray Professor of Comparative Literature and English Director of Graduate Studies in Film and Video Studies Curator, The Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Cornell Library 285 Goldwin Smith Hall Cornell University Ithaca, New York 14853

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