----------empyre- soft-skinned space---------------------- It is so fitting that end the week featuring Anna Munster with her important recollection of the feminist roots of Melindha Rackham's founding of -empyre-. Thanks so much, Anna, for your helpful focusing of the week's discussion of net.art and finance as well as for your other important contextualizing of net.art and the -empyre- list.
We are now pleased to welcome to the third week of "Through the Net: Net Art Then and Now," two other long time participants and supporters of -empyre-, Simon Biggs (AU) and Madeleine Casad (US). I still remember how energized I was to run across Simon's pionneering interactive digital art in the early 1990s. Many subscribers will recall with fondness that he worked with Renate and me as a moderator of -empyre- and shaped so many important discussions, which remain accessible on the -empyre- archive: http://lists.cofa.unsw.edu.au/pipermail/empyre/. Mickey also has been a vital part of the -empyre- community ever since Cornell's Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art stepped in as a cosponsor with the University of New South Wales (where Anna Munster teaches, so the loops continue). We were very sad to see her leave Cornell for Vanderbilt University after fifteen years of helping to build the infrastructures of the Goldsen Archive since its founding in 2002. So welcome back to -empyre- both Simon and Madeleine. Simon Biggs (UU) is a media artist, writer and curator with interests in digital poetics, auto-generative and interactive systems, interdisciplinary research and co-creation. He is Professor of Art at the University of South Australia and Honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh. His work has been widely presented, including at Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool, Tate Britain, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, Kettles Yard Cambridge, Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, Academy de Kunste Berlin, Berlin Kulturforum, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Kunsthalle Bergen, Maxxi Rome, Palazzo della Arti Naples, Macau Arts Museum, Oi Futuro Rio de Janeiro, Arizona State Art Museum, San Francisco Cameraworks, Walker Art Center Minneapolis, Queensland Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He has presented at numerous international conferences, including the International Symposium on Electronic Arts, ePoetry, Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, Electronic Literature Organisation and Festival International Literature Electronica Sao Paulo and lectured at Cambridge, Newcastle, Cornell, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, Ohio State, Paris 8, Sorbonne and Bergen Universities, amongst others. Publications include Remediating the Social (2012, editor), Autopoeisis (with James Leach, 2004), Great Wall of China (1999), Halo (1998), Magnet (1997) and Book of Shadows (1996). He has held lecturing posts at Middlesex University and Academy Minerva Groningen and Professorships at Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Edinburgh. His URL is http://www.littlepig.org.uk Madeleine Casad (US) teaches in the Vanderbilt University Department of Cinema and Media Arts and coordinates the Vanderbilt Center for Digital Humanities. She has been involved in efforts to preserve and historicize digital media art practices since 2002, when she began working in Cornell University¹s Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, a collection for which she became Associate Curator that spans six decades of global history and a complex variety of electronic media formats. Until 2016, she managed outreach, education, and preservation initiatives in the Goldsen Archive and developed digital humanities programs for graduate students as part of Cornell University¹s cross-institutional Digital Humanities Collaboratory. Her academic interests focus on narrative, identity, counter-history, and contested public memory across varied technologies of storytelling. In 2012, she defended one of Cornell University¹s first comparative media dissertations. In 2016, she oversaw and co-authored the Goldsen Archive's innovative white paper, "Preserving and Emulating Digital Art Objects" (https://ecommons.cornell.edu/handle/1813/41368). So welcome back to -empyre- Simon and Madeleine. We're really looking forward to your thoughts on Net.Art. All my best, Tim Timothy Murray Professor of Comparative Literature and English Taylor Family Director, Society for the Humanities http://www.arts.cornell.edu/sochum/ Curator, Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art http://goldsen.library.cornell.edu A D White House Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853 _______________________________________________ empyre forum firstname.lastname@example.org http://empyre.library.cornell.edu