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

Robin Oppenheimer robinopp at nwlink.com
Sat Jun 29 07:22:53 EST 2013

Hi, everyone,

I'm a lurker, having just recently moved from the non-profit media arts 
field to academia via earning a Ph.D (2011) and getting a teaching job 
in 2008. I'm currently researching the histories of alternative media 
and media activism to develop a course that examines the intersection of 
media artists' and activists' collaborative tactics with social media 
tools, platforms, and activist case studies.I know some of you from my 
attendance at the Re: conferences in Banff, Berlin, and Liverpool.
Here's my bio:

Robin Oppenheimer is a media arts historian, educator, curator, and 
scholar who has worked in the field since 1980. She was the Director of 
911 Media Arts Center in Seattle (1989-95) and IMAGE Film/Video Center 
in Atlanta (1984-9). She researched and produced several large-scale 
historical media arts events in Seattle including the Bellevue Film 
Festival exhibition at the Bellevue Art Museum (2000) and the 
Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) Reunion Symposium at the 
University of Washington in 2002. She is a Lecturer in the School of 
Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington 
Bothell campus and has a PhD from Simon Fraser University's School of 
Interactive Arts and Technology. Her areas of interest and research 
include the histories and practices of community and alternative media 
artists, creative collaboration, and digital culture studies.

Thanks for this great list-serve!

On 6/28/2013 12:32 PM, Renate Ferro wrote:
> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
> 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 
> 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 
> <mailto:jippolito at maine.edu>> wrote:
>     ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
>     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
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