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Many thanks to Theresa, Tim, Simon, William, Andrea, Melinda, Ricardo, Patrick, 
Ana, Johannes, Christina, Anna, and Sean. An appropriate start to our 
discussion on Digital InterFACING and for also paying tribute to Adrian Miles, 
an –empyre- pioneer who passed away a few days ago. 
 
Digital information moves, shifts and changes more quickly than traditional 
publication methods can keep pace. While last week we reminisced about the 
nature of the listserv. Johannes reminded us about its drawbacks.  Who can keep 
up with email after all? The anecdote he shared about the post that was 
responded to four years later reminds me of the strength of the listserv 
network. The connections we have made through our international network of 
–empyre- has resonated beyond into other virtual platforms and real space.  
Just a couple of weeks ago when I was in NYC at Zach Blas’ opening of his 
exhibition Contra-Internet at Art In General, I ran into two of our subscribers 
who introduced themselves.  And yes, Johannes we are entering into a new era of 
–empyre- as we introduce our new editorial board next month.  

This week I would like to introduce long-time contributor and subscriber, Ana 
Vales.  Ana’s biography is below. Looking forward to hearing about her 
experiences of writing online as we talk about more online InterFACiNG. This 
week perhaps we can flush out the nuances between some of these platforms as 
well as the relevancy of their formats in 2018.  Perhaps in 2018 as Johannes 
suggests, a more passive way of existing with information is preferred to 
generating online discussion.  Or maybe not?  
Renate

Ana Valdes is a writer and translator as well as an Art curator and social 
anthropologist.
She has been writing about social media since the 90: s and participated in 
several online communities as Electric Minds created by Howard Rheingold and 
Under Fire, an online discussion forum about War and Art, curated by Jordan 
Crandall. She has been a member of -empire, Nettime and other online forums as 
Stumble Upon, Twitter, Scoop it and Facebook.

She has written several books about women and Internet and about computer games 
and digital literacy. 

She is born in Uruguay South America but she was deported to Sweden as 
political refugee after spending several years in a high security prison as 
political prisoner.
She spent the half of her life in Sweden now she shares her time between Sweden 
and Uruguay.
In Stumble Upon she is Caravia and in Twitter she is Caravia158.

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Renate Ferro
Visiting Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Art
Tjaden Hall 306
rfe...@cornell.edu

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