[-empyre-] Stephen Wilson

Christiane Robbins cpr at mindspring.com
Thu Jan 13 04:23:40 EST 2011

I can't tell you how deeply saddened I am to hear of Steve's passing.   
Often not fully acknowledged, he was early force behind the  
advancement of digital media and various conceptual and art practices  
in the SF Bay Area. Not only had he been a colleague, he was a friend  
- full of energy, high spirits and always moving forward.  He (and  
George ) offered me my first university faculty position - right out  
of graduate school which set me on a path that we always chuckled about.

Many of us in the digital realm who were orbiting around the Bay Area  
in the 90's might not be practicing today had it not been for the  
consistency of his encouragement.  And this hovered above the  
Sisyphean obstacles placed before him by the public university. That  
is the persistent  budget cuts by public university funding that  
continually plagued his tenure at SFSU.  To say he did this best would  
be an understatement - and he did so not only for the betterment of  
his own program but he did so to ensure the evolution of the field.   
The digital media world is in debt to his vision, to his energy,  to  
his good-humored tenacity and to fostering a committed community of  
artists and intellectuals.


On Jan 11, 2011, at 10:46 PM, naxsmash wrote:

> Wow, that's really sad.
> He made this amazing compendium:  http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~infoarts/links/wilson.artlinks2.html
> xc
> naxsmash
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> christina mcphee
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> On Jan 11, 2011, at 2:36 AM, Simon Biggs wrote:
>> I'm sorry to say I heard today that Stephen Wilson, author of a  
>> number of
>> key books in the area of new media arts and a pioneer artist in the  
>> field,
>> passed away in San Francisco. I understand it was quiet and he was  
>> with his
>> family. Stephen's passing is a great loss as he has always  
>> contributed so
>> much energy to the new media arts. Steve was a net contributor to our
>> community, part of what helped define it and hold it together. He  
>> was also a
>> very nice guy with a great sense of humour.
>> Simon
>> Simon Biggs
>> simon at littlepig.org.uk
>> http://www.littlepig.org.uk/
>> s.biggs at eca.ac.uk
>> http://www.elmcip.net/
>> http://www.eca.ac.uk/circle/
>> Edinburgh College of Art (eca) is a charity registered in Scotland,  
>> number SC009201
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