[-empyre-] digital tools

Timothy Conway Murray tcm1 at cornell.edu
Wed Feb 14 03:19:37 AEDT 2018

Hi, Ana,

I’m sorry that your post got cycled into my “clutter” box and I’ve just located it.  It’s so interesting and important that you flag the significance of early listservs for their activism.  Thanks ever so much for calling attention to the history of Stumble Upon.  Your own posts have so motivated and informed me over the years.

Another parallel project from the early days of listservs and what I think of as “digital discourse” is CTHEORY (ctheory.net) overseen by Arthur and Marilouise Kroker.  Although an electronic journal, the Kroker’s project served very much as a forum for digital activism at the moment that listservs where assembling themselves.  A couple of years before Melinda founded –empyre-, I collaborated with Arthur and Marilouise to co-curate CTHEORY MULTIMEDIA (ctheorymultimedia.cornell.edu) as a means to providing a conceptual home for activist pieces of internet art, addressing focused subjects such as “Tech Flesh: The Promise and Perils of the Human Genome Project,” “Wired Ruins: Digital Terror and Ethnic Paranoia,” and “Netnoise.”  

I remember first talking with Melinda about –empyre- when she presented it at ISEA Nagoya in 2002 and feeling empowered by how this interactive discursive network could activate and extend the kind of uni-directional projects of CTHEORY.  Some of the most satisfying months I’ve moderated on –empyre- over the years have brought together various international artists and digital activists whose posts have enlivened the community.  Your positive and affirmative posts always have worked to bring together –empyreans- to think collectively about the challenges and opportunities presented to us by digital culture.

Ricardo and Patrick already have signaled nettime and other early listservs, and it would be cool if others on the list could also post about their activist work on listservs and social media.  



Timothy Murray
Director, Cornell Council for the Arts and Curator, CCA Biennial
Curator, Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art 
http://goldsen.library.cornell.edu <http://goldsen.library.cornell.edu/>
Professor of Comparative Literature and English
B-1 West Sibley Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853

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