[-empyre-] Welcome to November 2020 on -empyre- soft-skinned space

Daniel Lichtman danielp73 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 12 13:04:24 AEDT 2020


Welcome to November 2020 on –empyre- soft-skinned space:
Moderated by Daniel Lichtman

In lieu of weekly guests we will be inviting guest artists to introduce
current projects they’re working on in relation to this month’s theme.
Projects will be documented on an exhibition website specially designed for
this month’s topic. A description of their projects is listed below in the

Cristina Cochior and Angeliki Diakrousi
Oscar Alfonso, Simon Fuh, Matt Nish-Lapidus, Sophia Oppel, Benjamin de
Boer, Rowan Lynch, Sameen Mahboubi and Philip Leonard Ocampo
Lee Tusman
Char Stiles
Maximillian Goldfarb

More projects TBA during the month. We warmly invite all -empyre-
subscribers to not only join in our conversation but also share their
projects and interventions that relate to the month's topic.

Welcome to the November program on -empyre-, Accumulations.online. This
month features artists’ platforms, workshops and projects that explore
intersections between networked collaboration, distributed storytelling and
digital community building. Discussion on the list will revolve around an
online exhibition, programmed specially for this month’s topic on -empyre-.

Works in the program experiment with new rhythms and topologies of writing,
talking, listening, feeling and being together in networked environments.
Works often build visual, textual or sound-based narratives through the
gradual accumulation of contributions from a distributed network of
participants. These projects take a broad view of networks, spanning spaces
such as the digital, analog, public, private, human, non-human and

At this moment of lock-down, new forms of distributed community and
collaboration are not only speculative, but urgently necessary.
Importantly, works in the program use DIY and DIT (do it together) tool
building, outside of the domain of big-tech and surveillance capitalism.
They prioritize data-privacy, open source resources, security and autonomy
from big-data.

The website will be launched in the coming days, and artists will
sequentially introduce their works throughout the month, followed by

We warmly invite -empyre- subscribers to participate in discussion, and
also to share any current or past projects that relate to the theme.

Till soon,


empyre at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au





Moderator’s Biography:

Daniel Lichtman is an artist, educator, organizer and programmer based in
New York. His work in performance, video, creative coding and installation
explores how media platforms shape relationships of trust and power between
performer and viewer. Lichtman has presented work at The Bronx Museum,  The
Queens Museum, BRIC Arts and Media House, The Drawing Center, The ICA
(London) and other venues. His recent video screening program You Are Good
toured to galleries and museums throughout the UK; recent conference
presentations include Our Networks in Uncertain Times/Places, Toronto and
Processing Community Day, NYC. Lichtman is currently lecturer in New Media
Arts at Purchase College, SUNY and Baruch College, CUNY. Lichtman graduated
from Cornell University and holds an MFA from Goldsmiths, London.


Cristina Cochior and Angeliki Diakrousi - Temporary Riparian Zone: A
project that takes the hydrological definition of a stream—a body of water
flowing within the bed and banks of a channel—as a starting point for
thinking about flows of information in peer-to-peer audio streaming and
collective writing.

Oscar Alfonso, Simon Fuh, Matt Nish-Lapidus, Sophia Oppel, Benjamin de
Boer, Rowan Lynch, Sameen Mahboubi and Philip Leonard Ocampo - View Recent
Changes:  A collaboratively-produced, wiki-style assemblage of text, images
and stories that considers the ways in which the human, digital,
linguistic, machinic, vegetal and animal correlate.

Lee Tusman, Mess.life: a virtual DIY artspace in the tradition of warehouse
art spaces and alternative venues.

Char Stiles, Email: An exploration into the poetic potential of the
anonymized, ritualized email list

Maximillian Goldfarb / Incident Reports, Reports: An ongoing series of
texts published on a scrolling LED sign at Incident Reports, Hudson, NY:
poetry, notation, transcription, manifesto, public address, inventories,
recipes, missives, code, prayer, and more.
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