[-empyre-] -empyre- in 2002- a trip down memory lane

Ana Valdés agora158 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 7 02:08:01 AEDT 2018

And I miss the role of Howard Rheingold the creator among others of Wired
and the Well and the author of the book Virtual Community. He built the
discussions forum Electric Minds a great gathering of scholars and
I interviewed him in Palo Alto in the 90 ties for my book about the
Internet and he was very interesting and fun to listen to. He was a true
believer on virtual communication.

tis 6 feb. 2018 kl. 11:58 skrev patrick lichty <p at voyd.com>:

> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
> Just very quickly, as I'm prepping for class here in the UAE, and also
> sorry
> fvor being so offline.
> In this conversation, I miss Rhizome's online community, as it made so many
> careers, including mine.
> But I want to give a minor tally of communities Ihave been part of as a
> point of conversation.
> The Well
> Spectre
> Nettime
> Senselab Basecamp
> Netbehaviour
> Empyre
> Fibrecultture
> Odyssey
> Rhizome Raw
> The Thing
> 7-11
> And a few more.
> These are esseantial to our community, culture, and history.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: empyre-bounces at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au
> [mailto:empyre-bounces at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au] On Behalf Of Renate
> Terese Ferro
> Sent: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 8:15 AM
> To: soft_skinned_space <empyre at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au>
> Subject: Re: [-empyre-] -empyre- in 2002- a trip down memory lane
> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space---------------------- Hey Ricardo.
> So glad you mentioned nettime.org and thank you for posting this post from
> February 26th 1998 nearly twenty years ago.  Talking about history I have
> enlisted twelve of my Introduction to Digital Media students to join us
> this
> month on –empyre-.  A few every week will post tidbits of history and facts
> about online communities and forums.  I thought it would be great to get
> young artists and thinkers involved this month so that they can get a sense
> of the long history but also to share with us their own insights about how
> online and internet based platforms are incredibly networked.  I will be
> introducing them tomorrow.  I am hoping that some of their posts will
> prompt
> our subscribers to post additional thoughts and recollections.
> Best and thanks.  Renate
> Hola Tod at xs,
> I do not remember when I was joined -empyre- but it is a part, at least for
> me, of a history and presence of list-servs that have been extremely
> important for the gestures and conceptual disturbances that I have
> participated in. List-servs are an e-form that I continue to see as a core
> condition for the performative matrix for all the collaborations I have
> been
> involved in the past, now and ones to come.
> As I remember the first list-servs I was a part of were based at thing.net
> in the 90's. Probably the most well known list that echoes the deep model
> of -empryre- was nettime.org.
> Here is my first call to join a list-serv back in 1998 (riding the memory
> lane):
>   *   To: nettime-l {AT} Desk.nl
>   *   Subject: <nettime> infowar thread on www.thing.net
>   *   From: ricardo dominguez <rdom {AT} thing.net>
>   *   Date: Thu, 26 Feb 1998 13:48:47 -0800
>   *   Sender: owner-nettime-l {AT} basis.Desk.nl
> ________________________________
> InfoWar
> "War in our current era is one of reduced tangibility and soft power."
> --Joseph Nye.
> "Centralize strategically, but decentralize tactically."
> --Mao
> This is an invitation to join and participate on the InfoWar thread
> moderated by Ricardo Dominguez on the new Thing bbs system at:
> http://www.thing.net
> starting on March 5, 1998.
> The InfoWar thread will consider how soft power has redefined command,
> control, intelligence and resistance.
> InfoWar tactics are now moving beyond the theoretical questions about the
> rise of "network power" and the end of hierarchies.
> Instead, Military and Intelligence groups are now experimenting with
> pragmatic hybrid structures that can retain control over networks, while
> allowing network autonomy to expand within a specific types of command
> structures.
> In order to contain the rising soft power of small groups that can organize
> themselves "into sprawling networks" that can threaten hard power
> structures.
> Military and Intelligence communities since the late 80's have mapped 5
> distinct possible structures for understanding
> InfoWar:
> 1)A Game, chess or Go.
>   Go has displaced chess as the dominant tactical game
>   metaphor.
> 2)The Wild West.
>   Each town makes its own laws and out on the
>   range its everyone for themselves and God against all.
> 3)The Castle/Bunker.
>   Enclaves built for security with moats, massive walls,
>   drawbridges and loyal Knights who roam the outskirts
>   of the fiefdom.
> 4)A Plant.
>   A rhizome made of endless root-structures,with
>   poly-spacial connectivity, and a multi-layered linkages
>   with non-plant agents.
> 5)The Hive.
>   A bio-diverse system,with the ability to
>   rapidly mutate, and capable of swarm like activity.
> Each map calls for different types of responses to the questions of
> security, aggression, and resistance.
> What can we gain from each map as the importance of InfoWar continues to
> grow with greater global access.
> The thread will also consider the specific case of the Zapatistas in
> Chiapas, Mexico. They have been able to constrain the Mexican government
> from quickly eliminating the movement since 1994--by building a
> transnational network of resistance. How were a group of Mayan people deep
> in the Lacandona jungle able to become the first, "post modern warriors?"
> And finally, what happens when War Theory goes beyond InfoWar to overcome
> the problems that arise from the "age of networks?"
> Suggested reading list -- (not necessary to have read them to participate):
> Copernicus....Forward C4I for the 21st Century
> http://www.stl.nps.navy.mil/c4i/coperfwd.txt
> Cyberwar is Coming. Arquilla and Ronfeldt
> http://gopher.well.sf.ca.us:70/0/Military/cyberwar
> Electronic Warfare
> http://www.dreo.dnd.ca/pages/electwf/electwf.htm
> Guide to Information Warfare
> http://www.uta.fi/~ptmakul/infowar/iw2.html
> In Athena's Camp (John Arquilla and David Ronfeldt, editors)
> http://www.rand.org/publications/MR/MR880/contents.html
> Information War and Cyberspace Security by RAND
> http://www.rand.org/publications/RRR/RRR.fall95.cyber/
> Information War Cyberwar Netwar by George J. Stein
> http://www.cdsar.af.mil/battle/chp6.html
> Information Warfare
> http://vislab-www.nps.navy.mil/~sdjames/info_war.html
> What is Information Warfare?
> http://www.ndu.edu/ndu/inss/actpubs/act003/a003cont.html
> Zapatistas
> The Zapatistas and the Electronic Fabric of Struggle
> http://www.eco.utexas.edu/faculty/Cleaver/zaps.html
> Netwars
> http://www.teleport.com/~jwehling/Netwars.html
> Zaptistas in Cyberspace.
> http://www.eco.utexas.edu:80/Homepages/Faculty/Cleaver/zapsincyber.html
> Latin America's first post-Communism rebellion
> http://mprofaca.cro.net/chiapas.html
> Electronic Civil Disobedience
> http://mailer.fsu.edu/~sbarnes/ECD/ECD.html
> Renate Ferro
> Visiting Associate Professor
> Director of Undergraduate Studies
> Department of Art
> Tjaden Hall 306
> rferro at cornell.edu
> On 2/5/18, 4:02 PM, "empyre-bounces at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au on behalf
> of
> Ricardo Rene Dominguez" <empyre-bounces at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au on
> behalf of rrd54 at cornell.edu> wrote:
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