[-empyre-] FW: Welcome back -empyre subscribers!

Renate Ferro rtf9 at cornell.edu
Tue Sep 7 13:29:05 EST 2010

Welcome back to all  -empyre soft-skinned subscribers!
Tim and I are still trying to come to the realization that another academic
year has begun. Tim will be introducing the September discussion topic soon;
our apologizes for the slight delay.  Many of the guests this month (as I
know many of our subscribers) have been away because of the holiday here in
the Sates this past weekend and others remain on semester  break. The topic
this month "Archiving New Media Art: Ephemerality and/or Sustainability"
will get under way within the next couple of days.  The discussion is
inspired by a conference in Argentina this past week.  In fact as I write
this, Tim is high in the sky above South America right now. Tim is excited
to welcome many of the colleagues who joined him at this conference and will
introduce them in a day or so.
Our commitment to nurture-empyre¹s global readership has been both Tim and
my mission as managing moderators.  We were so happy that Simon Biggs
(Scotland and UK) agreed to join the moderating team in July and are
grateful to him for moderating the successful and widely followed 
discussion Creativity as Social Ontology. We are also happy that Gabriel
Menotti (UK and AUS) as well as Nicholas Ruiz III (US) will continue to help
us as part of our international team of moderators.  
Tim and I are honored to also announce that empyre's founding organizer Dr.
Melinda Rackham has agreed to join the team as well after a hiatus of a few
years. - empyre will be celebrating its upcoming 10th anniversary with a new
look and many new discussion topics. We are very thankful to Melinda for
joining us once again.  In fact she will be moderating our November
discussion.  Many of you already know Melinda but I attach her recent
biography below with the bios of our entire team.  There are times during
the year when one of our moderators will invite a guest to moderate.  Those
special guests will be introduced during the year just before their
moderating discussion. 
Tim and I hope you have had a great month off and we are both looking
forward to your joining us on ­empyre.
Best to all of you,
Renate Ferro
Biographies:  -empye¹s team of international moderators
Simon BIggs (UK and AUSTRALIA)
Simon Biggs is a visual artist born in Australia, 1957. He moved to the UK
in 1986. Since 1978 Biggs has been working with digital and interactive
systems in installation, networked and other media. Venues presenting his
work include Tate Modern, Whitechapel, Institute of Contemporary Arts
(London), Ikon (Birmingham), Centre de Georges Pompidou, Academy de Kunste
and Kulturforum (Berlin), Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Macau Arts Museum,
Cameraworks (San Francisco), Walker Art Center, Paco des Artes (Sao Paulo),
Museo OI (Rio De Janeiro), McDougall Art Gallery (Christchurch),
Experimental Art Foundation (Adelaide) and the Art Gallery of New South
Wales. Publications include Autopoeisis (with James Leach, Artwords, 2004),
Halo (Film and Video Umbrella, 1998), Magnet (McDougall Art Gallery, 1997)
and CD-ROM's Book of Shadows and Great Wall of China (Ellipsis, 1996 and
1999). He is Professor at Edinburgh College of Art. His URL is
http://www.littlepig.org.uk <http://www.littlepig.org.uk/>
Renate Ferro (United States) is fa media artist working in emerging
technology and culture. Her artistic practice reflects critical
interactivity incorporating social and theoretical paradigms of the
psychological and sociological condition with networks of technology.
At the heart of her most recent interests, Ferro critically engages
the corporal body's symbiotic relationship with technology by aligning
artistic, creative practice with critical approaches to cyber
configurations. She permits emerging creative skins of networks and
resources whose resulting configurations range from drawing and text
to performance, installation, and net-based projects. Her work has been
featured in exhibitions in the United States as well as Canada, Germany,
and  Mexico. Her
work has been published in the journals Diacritics, Theater Journal,
and Epoch. She is Managing Moderator of the online list serve -empyre
soft skinned space and the art/imaging editor of Diacritics. She is
the founder and director of her cross-disciplinary lab, The Tinker
Factory housed at Cornell University where she is Visiting Assistant
Professor of Art. Her artistic work can be accessed at
http://www.renteferro.net/ <http://www.renteferro.net/> .
Gabriel Menotti (Australia and UK) is a PhD Candidate on the Media and
Communications department of Goldsmiths University of London. He works as an
independent media curator and producer, and has already done remix
film festivals, cinematographic videogame championships, porn
screenplay workshops, installations with super8 film projectors and
generative art exhibitions. His MA thesis, ³Through the Dark Room ­
Spatial Dynamics for Audiovisual Consumption², received the Itaú
Cultural Cybernetic Arts 2006 award.
Timothy Murray (US) is Founding Curator of the Rose Goldsen Archive of
New Media Art (http://goldsen.library.cornell.edu/
<http://goldsen.library.cornell.edu/> ), Director of the
Society for the Humanities (http://www.arts.cornell.edu/sochum/
<http://www.arts.cornell.edu/sochum/> ), and
Professor of Comparative Literature and English.  Co-Managing
Moderator of the -empyre- new media listserv, and co-curator of
CTHEORY MULTIMEDIA, he is a curator of new media art and a philosopher
of art, media and the digital arts.  His exhibitions include Contact
Zones: The Art of CD-Rom (US, Mexico, France, China, Canada) and INFOS
2000 (Slovenia), with books on Digital Baroque: New Media Art and
Cinematic Folds (Minnesota, 2008), Zonas de Contacto: el arte en
CD-Rom (Centro de la Imagen, 1999), Drama Trauma: Specters of Race and
Sexuality in Performance, Video, Art (Routledge, 1997), Like a Film:
Ideological Fantasy on Screen, Camera, and Canvas (Routledge, 1993),
and, ed., Mimesis, Masochism & Mime: The Politics of Theatricality in
Contemporary French Thought (Michigan, 1997)."
Melinda Rackham (AUSTRALIA)
Melinda Rackham is a pioneering network artist, critic, curator and
cultural producer, working across sculptural, performative,
distributed, emergent and responsive media artforms for over
twenty-five years. Her extensive knowledge of the field is drawn from
active participation in many of the early netart and current major
media art exhibitions, festivals and conferences.  I would like to take the
time Melinda was the first Curator of Networked Media at the Australian
Centre for Moving Image (ACMI), and established -empyre-, one of the
world¹s leading online critical media art theory forums. As Director
of Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) she forged
significant industry partnerships and elevated public engagement with
research and practice in art, science and new technologies.
Dr Rackham¹s focus as Adjunct Professor at RMIT University is curating
and writing on emerging art and cultures manifest in public, virtual,
crafted, responsive and distributed environments. Her current project
DreamWorlds is a survey of Australian Moving Image forms on a
spectacular 27-meter urban screen in Beijing.
For more information see www.subtle.net <http://www.subtle.net/>
Nicholas Ruiz III (US) was born in New York City in 1970 and now
lives in New Smyrna Beach, FL. He is the author of The Metaphysics of
Capital (2006) and America in Absentia (2008). He is also the editor
of Kritikos and a moderator of -empyre-.
Renate Ferro
URL:  http://www.renateferro.net
Email:   <rtf9 at cornell.edu>

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art
Cornell University,
College of Architecture, Art and Planning
Department of Art, Tjaden Hall
Ithaca, NY  14853

Co-moderator of _empyre soft skinned space

Art Editor, diacritics

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