[-empyre-] Tactical Obfuscation: remembering net.art

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Thu Feb 4 16:14:31 AEDT 2021

On Thu, 4 Feb 2021, Timothy Conway Murray wrote:

> Of course, the corporate world won out.  The growing search engines 
> pretty much left us and our artists out, still living but at the bottom 
> of the search engine hierarchy. And, most recently, just a month ago, 
> Adobe abandoned Flash now almost completely obfuscating CTHEORY 
> Multimedia.

Just a couple of notes -

The corporate world didn't win out; it didn't and doesn't know we exist. 
Those channels are hardened. It wasn't a contest between us and them, it 
never was. I think a lot of arts resistance is based on a utopianism 
that might be a problem, but that's a long and maybe more complicated 

Second, I've done ok w/ the search engine hierarchy I think; I'm reaching 
more people than I ever did before, and collaborate with people around the 
world at this point, partly through ELO, partly through videowork and 
music distribution. I've had to work at this, and it's the reason I stay 
on Fb and YouTube.

Also as you know, there are Flash alternatives that ELO and others are 
using to re-program their flashwork; Reiner Strasser has brought his work, 
for example, some of which is based on mine, back to life with one of 

Best, Alan

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