This is sad news for us Brazilians and friends of Ricardo Rosas. He passed away on the 11th of April, in Fortaleza, where he was born. It was a shock for most of his friends, like me, as the recent lack of news about him unfortunately came followed by such cheerless information.
As far as I know, many participants of this lists [such as Brian Holmes, David Garcia, Felix Stalder, Geert Lovink, Trebor Scholz, Derek Holzer and other ones] were aware about his consistent contributions regarding the dissemination of critical ideas around new media, always raising political concerns embedded on new technologies. Ricardo was moderator of nettime-br [actually an enthusiast of such nettime version], editor of the electronic magazine Rizoma [www.rizoma.net - currently off-line] and member of the Midiatatica.org network. He participated actively in the organization of the Mídia Tática Brasil, in 2003, a key event in São Paulo where many groups were able to meet, discuss and see that some spare initiatives could be better understood as a movement aiming 'tactical' actions, opposing hegemonic media, questioning the art system, etc. I got to better know him personally by this occasion, as I was in a consultant condition that helped to convince Casa das Rosas, a cultural institution, to host this Midia Tatica event. We then joined forces for the organization of Digitofagia at MIS in 2004 [in which participated Ricardo M. Zuñiga, Felix Stalder and others] and for writing articles such as the Urgency, describing the context of art collectives dealing with urban concerns, for a special issue of Parachute Magazine. Many other collaborations followed this one, as true collaboration was one of his most foremost qualities. Differently from others that would speech in the name of openness merely as a strategy, Rosas really worked to widen the access to open knowledge and open practices. He was currently taking part on the Documenta's publication project for the Documenta 2007 and was about to publish 'Net Cultura', a book commissioned by Waag-Sarai, co-organized by Giseli Vasconcelos -- another key person on free culture in Brazil. Well, sorry for such a personal approach for contextualizing his contributions. I speak in the name of others: we will all miss Ricardo Rosas. Best, L. I have collected some spare URLs [sorry, some of them are only available in Portuguese]: http://tinyurl.com/2233fj [really fresh hommage by Trebor Scholz] http://www.rizoma.net [off line for the moment] http://midiatatica.org http://www.nettime.org/Lists-Archives/nettime-br-0609/msg00001.html http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_go1913/is_200410/ai_n6493511 http://forumpermanente.incubadora.fapesp.br/portal/.convidados/ricardorosas/ http://www.sescsp.org.br/sesc/videobrasil/up/arquivos/200611/20061117_160212_CadernoVB02_p.36-53_P.pdf http://www.sescsp.org.br/sesc/videobrasil/up/arquivos/200611/20061117_160212_CadernoVB02_p.36-53_P.pdf http://www.midiaindependente.org/pt/blue/2007/04/380125.shtml -- [EMAIL PROTECTED] # distributed via <nettime>: no commercial use without permission # <nettime> is a moderated mailing list for net criticism, # collaborative text filtering and cultural politics of the nets # more info: [EMAIL PROTECTED] and "info nettime-l" in the msg body # archive: http://www.nettime.org contact: [EMAIL PROTECTED]