[-empyre-] thanks to Jon, only three more days to post your insights, projects, bios

Renate Ferro rtf9 at cornell.edu
Sat Jun 29 05:32:21 EST 2013

Jon thanks for updating your recent work for us and also reminding us about
the role of the list-serve.  I agree that while published articles and
books do have a seminal role historically in the process of promotion
within academia, kudos to the University of Maine for embracing the more
informal vehicles of networked communication.  In my five or so years as a
moderator of -empyre, as an advisor to the Rose Goldsen Archive at Cornell,
and as a professor teaching new media and theory at Cornell, list-serves
such as -empyre- and so many others forms of networked publications like
C-theory for example, are key to my teaching the most current and cutting
edge hot-topics within the cross-disciplinary field of new media.

On behalf of all of the moderators I think I can say that this month has
been a pretty interesting and eye-opening experience.  We do want to know
who -empyre is and so many of you have shared your insights, projects, and
bios.  We have only three days left so if you have not posted please do so

Simon Biggs will be opening up a new discussion on Monday, July 1st!
Thanks  to all of you who have posted so far.  Renate

On Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 3:17 PM, Jon Ippolito <jippolito at maine.edu> wrote:

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> I've lurked on empyre since the early 2000s, starting as a new media
> artist and Guggenheim curator, and now an Associate Professor of New Media
> at the University of Maine. As a co-founder of Still Water (
> http://still-water.net/), I've helped build The Pool, ThoughtMesh, the
> Cross-Cultural Partnership, and an ecovillage on the Maine coast.
> On empyre I've probably been most outspoken about future threats to new
> media, such as copyright lockdown, academic co-optation, and especially
> technological and cultural obsolescence--all specters that have haunted my
> own creative work. I have the privilege of being an advisor on Tim Murray's
> Preservation and Access Framework for Digital Art Objects at Cornell.
> This preservation research dovetails well with the new Digital Curation
> program I've helped start this year at the University of Maine (
> http://DigitalCuration.UMaine.edu). All the online courses are online; in
> addition to a two-year graduate certificate, we host periodic hit-and-run
> events. One of our webinars last spring featured Christiane Paul speaking
> about the Douglas Davis case profiled this month in The New York Times.
> Since we're talking about the historical role of a particular email list,
> we shouldn't forget the threat of academic myopia. Don't get me wrong:
> books and articles have a long shelf life and have made important
> contributions to the understanding of our emerging field over the last
> three decades. I myself am co-authoring the book Re-collection with Richard
> Rinehart this coming year (http://re-collection.net).
> But it's critical not to forget the role that listservs and other informal
> networks of communication have played in this field. One arena where this
> plays out is in academic promotion and tenure guidelines, which until
> recently tended to ignore the Internet altogether. At the University of
> Maine, we explicitly wrote ours to embrace contributions to online
> discussions and other dialogic forms of scholarly communication and
> artistic intervention. These "New Criteria for New Media" became one of the
> most downloaded articles of Leonardo magazine:
> http://thoughtmesh.net/publish/275.php
> Re-collection argues that museums and textbooks aren't yet very good at
> reconstructing the historical context for creative work. Fortunately, a few
> universities and archives have given communication networks like empyre the
> weight they deserve. When I consulted the prestigious Langlois Foundation's
> research database in 2005 I was pleased to find numerous citations from
> email lists and Web sites. For example, although Alex Galloway has authored
> journal articles and books from prestigious publishers like MIT, the two
> documents that represented his writing in the Langlois database were both
> from email lists. Since then, the Internet archive's Jason Scott has done
> important work rescuing historic BBSs.
> I hope this time capsule of empyre's can draw further attention to the
> role of electronic dialogue in shaping creative and critical expression.
> jon
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Renate Ferro
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art
Cornell University
Department of Art, Tjaden Hall Office #420
Ithaca, NY  14853
Email:   <rtf9 at cornell.edu>
URL:  http://www.renateferro.net
Lab:  http://www.tinkerfactory.net

Managing Co-moderator of -empyre- soft skinned space
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