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Drazen Pantic : 88 Roses, OpenNet Friendship Park
EBR : Electronic Book Review: Call for contributions
Alexei Shulgin : Desktop is
Station Rose : Gunafa News
Matt Locke : Slipstream Conference
Leonardo : German Website
Shu Lea Cheang : 1 Stop Johannesburg
Eric Paulos : Survival Research Laboratories @ ZKM
Convergence : CFP: Journalism and new media technologies
Keiko Suzuki : eastern hacker steals documenta X web site


Date: Thu, 16 Oct 1997 23:05:57 +0100
From: Drazen Pantic

88.OpenNet.Org: Friendship Park

I would like to announce a new action site OpenNet is starting. The site
will be called "88: Friendship Park", after all those Friendship Parks
that used to exist all around the Eastern Block. The idea was that
foreign politicians could plant a tree in a park, a symbol of friendship.

So, OpenNet wants to offer some of its Web space and bandwidth to people
that are ready to plant a Web tree in OpenNet space. Anybody who wants
to participate is kindly asked to send email to and will
get instructions how to send Web material.

Content is up to author, with just one slight catch. The site is to be a
starting point for a series of films that will be directed exclusively
for the Internet, with underlying context of conflict resolution and
investigation. So, let's think in terms of "What The Whole Thing's Gone
Wrong", or "What Was The Wrong Step", be it Balkans, Middle East,

Any contributor will get a specially designed OpaNak, a gif certificate
of involvement in a project.



Date: Thu, 2 Oct 1997 08:09:23

Electronic Book Review
Call for Contributions

For a long time, Eastern Europe has resembled nothing so much as Borges's
image: shreds of territory slowly rotting across the map. We invite
contributors to assist us in constructing the postmodern map of the former
Iron Curtain countries, by examining the various genres, political
actions, and narrative arts practiced there. Although these regions have
only recently been introduced to hyperconsumerism and the post-industrial
society, its literatures demonstrate all the ambivalent and antagonistic
features of postmodernism, such as formal experimentation, narrative
self-consciousness, "magicking the real," and minimalist story-telling.
Drawing influences from its massive cultural heritage and ongoing
political turbulence (its territorial and ideological flame wars), East
European pomo suffers no shortage of gifted, remarkable writers of an
experimental cast, such as Milorad Pavic, whose work (the print equivalent
to a hypertext) will be featured in the issue.

General Description

_I don't think the ideas were 'in the air'; rather, all of us found
ourselves at the same stoplights in different cities at the same time.
When the lights changed, we all crossed the streets._ Steve Katz

Postmodernism can be equated to a computer icon which takes us into the
metonymic world of unknown textual possibilities. In America, it is all
about turning the Nietzschean "prisonhouse of language" into the
Disneyfied playhouse of language, whereas in Eastern Europe everything's
become a "playhouse of (hi)stories": serious issues of repression,
dictatorship, and manipulation are being laughed at, played with, and
travestied, while national histories are being told, retold, lied about,
and twisted into pomo plots and discourses. Kis and Kundera find their
stories in histories--in documents and national destinies. Milorad Pavic
constructs a lexicography in which history and metahistory are converted
into a text. Contemporary Russian writers, from the late Dovlatov and
Limonov to Victor Pelevin, observe the dissolution of their culture and
tradition in the age of McDonald's and American cars.

Can the changes on the map of Eastern Europe provoke changes in writing?
How does history affect the text? In what way do new national borders
restrict the old patterns and inflect the emerging global system? Do we
still observe the change of stoplights, or do we not care if the signs
read "walk" or "don't walk"?

We welcome reviews of books which deploy postmodern ideas in such recently
bordered Zones as Russia, Poland, Yugoslavia, Romania, and Hungary. We
especially invite essays on books in translation, as well as essays that
briefly identify work that deserves to be translated and more widely
circulated, in print or on the Internet. Lastly, we hope to review the
emerging eastern Internet scene that is opening new lines of power and
communication among writers, artists, and critics from all of these

Deadline is January 1998.

Please contact or and check out the
back issues Of Electronic Book Review at


Date: Mon, 20 Oct 1997 20:53:22 +0100
Reply-To: Alexei Shulgin


desktop is the main element of a human - machine
desktop is your window to the digital world
desktop is your first step into virtual reality
desktop is a reflection of your individuality
desktop is your everyday visual environment
desktop is an extension of your organs
desktop is the face of your computer
desktop is your everyday torture and joy
desktop is your own little masterpiece
desktop is your castle
desktop is a seducer
desktop is a reliever
desktop is your enemy
desktop is your friend
desktop is a psychoanalyst
desktop is your little helper
desktop is your link to other people
desktop is a device for meditation
desktop is a substitute for so many other things

desktop is a question
desktop is the answer

The First International Online Desktop Exhibition

If you would like to participate:

- take a snapshot of your desktop ("Prn Scr" button
for Windows and "Apple+Shift+3" combination for
- save it as a JPEG file and name it "desktop.jpg"
- put it on your website and email the link to
(if you don't have a website, then email your
desktop.jpg file as an attachement - we'll put
it online at the DESKTOP IS site).

There is no deadline for the exhibition, the new
entries will be added when received for at least
6 months from October 20, 1997.
We are considering to show DESKTOP IS in a gallery
space. All participants will then be contacted to
discuss details and conditions.


Date: Wed, 15 Oct 1997 03:22:40 +0100
From: (Station Rose)

The Monthly Station Rose Newsletter, October 97

Written by Elisa Rose & Gary Danner

Dear Gunafa Netimers,

we recently came back from field duty .
Station Rose was invited to 2 multimedia festivals, both located in

(realaudio interview)
and, yes, since almost one year we have the
3) FRANKFURT CONFERENCE running at Electric Minds !


Early October, Station Rose did a multimedia lecture at the festival
"Steirischer Herbst 97" in Graz, Austria, as part of
"Endoscape/Technoscope", about

- how to PUBLISH/PERFORM/WEBCAST as native hypermedia artists.
- HOSTS im social web - the next step after Digital Cocooning".

Read more about the concept of "Endoscape/Technoscope" at:

Steirischer Herbst is an annual international festival of art, literature,
theater and music, more than 32 exhibitions, symposia, performances are
scheduled throughout Styria, mainly in Graz/Austria. The Festival is held
every Autumn in Graz, this year's program is online at


An "Interview station rose - john "tex" coate, ars electronica 97"

was recorded at Radio Fro during the festival in Linz, Austria, in
September Elisa Rose, Gary Danner and John Coate talked about similarities
between the 60ies communities and electronic virtual communities, in
behaviour, music and artistic fields.

Listen to the RealAudio file at

you can access Radio Fro from the Frankfurt Conference
"Topic 24: FRO - free radio upper austria" as well.

3) News from the FRANKFURT CONFERENCE at Electric Minds
route to YOUR daily online experience:
* -> go to
* -> sign on
* -> go to World Wide Jam
* -> go to Frankfurt


As you may know already, electric minds is looking a bit different since
it moved to a new server.

Our impression so far is that it IS possible to get used to a new
interface, even though it is not as elegant as Well Engaged was. But it is
running, and will improve.

It is the art & the contribution of our jammers that makes the frankfurt
conference unique. It pushed the limits of electric minds & its tools on
from its start.

Circumstances are changing & morphing right now (as always). We keep the
frankfurt conference active and groovy- on a daily basis. we put energy
into it and are there as much as our intense schedule allows it!

It is worth to check it out, join us there- either for the first time, or
do come back to experience the new version.

we look forward to your contributione!

if you have any questions, please e-mail or join us directly in the gunafa
cafe at



From: Matt Locke
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 1997 13:24:16 +-100

Conference Information:

Slipstream - contemporary attitudes to the photographic image

Wednesday November 5th to Friday November 7th, 1997
The Racecourse, York, England

Photo 98 and Impressions gallery are co-hosting the conference
'Slipstream' in York this November. Slipstream wil l look at the new
prominence of photography within contemporary art practise. Slipstream
will examine some of the horizons which now reveal themselves in terms of
audiences, communities and new sites of display. Slipstream wil l explore
the frameworks that flow from contemporary photography in our fast
changing culture with reference to i dentity, technology and mass

Slipstream is a conference for all practitioners, curators, exhibition
organisers, editors, writers and critics w ho engage with photography as
an art form. Chaired by Dr. David Alan Mellor, speakers include Andres
Serrano, Jor ma Puranen, Bonk Business Inc, Val Williams, Joanna Lowry,
Rankin (Dazed & Confused magazine), Gilane Tawadros, G raham Gussin and
many others.

During the conference there will be presentations of new video and digital
work, free Internet access, trade stan ds and a music/projection event
featuring DJ Beaumont Hannant on Thursday night.

For more information and booking forms, contact:

Photo 98
Kirklees Media Centre
7 Northumberland Street

T: +44 (0)1484 531 201
F: +44 (0)1484 513 664


Date: Mon, 20 Oct 1997 05:20:45 -0700
Reply-To: Leonardo

German Leonardo Web site collaborates on Digital Content for Culture

As part of a collaboration with the Digital Content for Culture
Forum, the German Leonardo Web site is calling for participation
in a questionnaire for digital content providers and buyers. The
questionnaire---with supporting interactive visual content---can
be found at: . The German
Leonardo web site can be found at
Results of the survey will be shared with those who fill out the
survey. We are also interested in additional questions you would
like to see distributed. For info contact: Barbara Lechler,
e-mail: .


ate: Mon, 13 Oct 1997 14:16:33 +0200
From: System Administrator
Message-Id: <>
Subject: "Brave New World" in UnDO.NeT, arte contemporanea italiana

In UnDO.NeT, il sito dell'arte contemporanea italiana, e' on line un nuovo
progetto: "Brave New World" a cura di A.Galasso:10 progetti d'arte pensati
per il web, piu' di 300 immagini, testi di Augh, Scarlini, Angelidakis,
Elkin, Pynchon, Brautigan,Barthelme... "Brave New World" raccoglie
interventi di artisti,scrittori architetti e tutti coloro che vogliono
esplorare Il Mondo Nuovo... In collaborazione con Il consorzio per la
Promozione della ricerca artistica Care of viafarini ed il settore Sport e
Giovani, Progetto Giovani del Comune di Milano.


Date: Tue, 7 Oct 1997 21:15:20 +0900
From: (shu lea cheang)

Shu Lea Cheang and Lawrence Chua present
BUY ONE GET ONE at the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale 1997
flesh presence with digibento suitcase
Johannesburg, 10/11-10/15, 1997

this offer will self destruct in 5 seconds
NTT/ICC Biennale (October 25 to December 7, 1997), Tokyo, Japan

BUY ONE GET ONE is a two month homesteading project
housing at

Shu Lea Cheang is one of the 9 international artists
selected for the first Biennale Exhibition at
InterCommunication Center (ICC), sponsored
by NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation).
The NTT/ICC Biennale is held to explore further
possibilities of new expression in the field of
media art and to provide a new vision for science
and art. The theme for this first Biennale is
Communication/Discommunication. (

BUY ONE GET ONE derived its name from happy hour at
Sphinx at Silom Soi, Bangkok. The project explores a
digital (co)existence that borne out of the net-technology.
For the past two years, I have been experimenting with a
digital living, maintaining no physical address but an
e-mail contact. As a drifter homesteader, I have
been accessing the net with a borrowed password and
passing with a torn ID card.

For the NTT/ICC installation, we claim our HoME
in the telecommunication's mainframe to house
the home(page)less.

Two digital suitcases modeled after Japanese style bentobox
and equipped with powerbook, cameras, and phonelines
plus a hino maru bento (lunchbox with rice and ume/plum )
are netcast ready for HoME delivery.

With Lawrence Chua, we engineer a route that recalls
seeds of discontent and desire carried on trade winds
between continents. On the road, the digi suitcase is
transmission central, our last hold to a connection,
our attachment to HoME/System Mainframe. We'll be
uploading and 'furnishing' our HoME with wallpapers
of the home(page)less, smuggling memory chips of
the ever-developing as we cross borderlines
of hyperlink (il)logics.

Have suitcase, will travel.

Our traveling itinery as follows-

10/10 Tokyo <813> to Johannesburg <2711>
10/16 Johannesburg to Harare <263>
10/21 Harare to Accra <202>
10/25 ACCRA to Beirut <961>
10/30 Beirut to New Dalhi <9111>
11/6 New Dalhi to Shingapore <65>
11/17 Singapore to Shanghei <8621>
11/21 Shanghai to Seoul <822>
11/27 Seoul to Taipei <8862>
12/3 Taipei to Hong Kong <852>
12/6 Hong Kong to Tokyo

please contact
shu lea cheang
Lawrence Chua
for more information


Date: Fri, 17 Oct 1997 01:45:50 -0700 (PDT)
From: Eric Paulos
Subject: SRL-ZKM

Survival Research Laboratories


Further Explorations in Lethal Experimentation

Survival Research Laboratories (SRL) explores
the remote manipulation and control
of lethal mechanical devices

18 October 1997

11:00 AM PST


Survival Research Laboratories, San Francisco, USA

In this experiment, the second in a continuing series of tele-operated
lethal experiments, anonymous participants will establish a direct
link using publicly available software over the internet into the
control circuitry of one of the most dangerous devices at Survival
Research Laboratories (SRL) -- the Air Launcher.

The Air Launcher consists of a high pressure gas launcher capable of
targeting and delivering an explosive round within a one mile
range. For this experiment, the Air Launcher will be limited to firing
within a target range containing an assortment of technological
artifacts and a few surprises. This system is also equipted with a
video and audio feed to the internet. Remote participants will
interface directly to the Air Launcher located at Survival Research
Laboratories headquarters in San Francisco where they will be capable
of remotely targeting objects, sequencing the loading of the
projectiles into the air launcher barrel, and ultimately launching the
resulting ordnance, obliterating the intended target. All operations
will be controlled remotely without any local human intervention.


* Mark Pauline will be in Chicago, IL (USA) and will be firing the
first explosive projectile

* Successive rounds will be fired by participants at the ZKM in
Karlsruhe, Germany

* Video and audio from this event will be broadcast live onto the
internet including the multicast backbone

* Video feed is active **now**. Check the www site form more info.

* The event will be active for approx 30 minutes or until all rounds
have been detonated

* This event is an exploration into participation and voyeuristic
tendencies of remote leathal machinery. There will be no local
public particpation or viewing. THIS IS NOT A PUBLIC SRL EVENT. We
hope to have a public event soon.

* More information on the official srl www site at

Eric Paulos


Date: Fri, 3 Oct 1997 15:50:43 GMT
From: "Convergence"


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Date: Fri, 3 Oct 1997 23:38:28 CET

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Eastern European Hacker Steals Documenta X Web Site

A Slovenian hacker Vuk Cosic, who calls himself a 'net.artist', is
identifyed as the person behind the major international art theft that
is creating waves of shock among surfers on the net, as well as in the
art circles. What this young man did to create such a confusion is
that he has created a complete copy of a web site of Documenta X, a
major international art show held every five years in German village
of Kassel. His gesture, announced only hours before the closing of the
official web site of Documenta X, has by now not been denounced
officialy as an infringement of material copyright, but it is surely
suspicious when the "author" speaks of "net critique through positive

About the Documenta X web site

The artistic directorof Documenta X, Catherine David, asked Simon
Lamuniere, curator of new media at Switzerland's St. Gervais Geneve
museum, to curate a Web site that would accompany the physical
exhibition of Documenta X, hoping to enhance Documenta's established
reputation as a showcase for the most daring and innovative artists
Lamuniere was recruited only six months before the prototype went
live on 21 March. His approach was to commission original projects
that addressed issues relevant to the Internet. "To my knowledge,
there had never been before a series of commissioned Internet
artworks created specifically for a major exhibition like Documenta,"
says Lamuniere. That the site not be "just a second-hand information
service" was foremost of his concerns. States Lamuniere, "Documenta
itself is much too big a physical exhibition to be grasped even
through a catalog-type site. The site that I've created, gives the
viewer their own perception of the exhibition." The Documenta site,
now copied in Slovenia, in both German and English versions, featured
sleek graphic interfaces in a bold red, white, and black color
scheme, designed by Lamuniere himself.

The stolen version is available at the following internet adress:

Keiko Suzuki

Ljubljana, September 29th

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