It is truly sad news to learn of Ricardo Rosas' untimely death. Ricardo was so unusual, a selfless person full of enthusiasm and originality, constantly producing texts and then increasingly, events, but modestly, with what seemed to be only a concern for the possible participation of others, and for opening up democratic and popular spaces in Brazilian media culture. I remember going far out to the edge of Sao Paulo where he had worked to helped organize tactical media labs, the so-called "autolabs," that crossed class lines. Immediately he had introduced me to everyone, while the local teenagers involved were getting ready to do a video of their workshops on safe sex! I think we met each time I was in Brazil and a couple times abroad as well, but for some reason the time I remember is walking through Sao Paolo at night after some kind of event at one of the SESCs, late night, quiet city, air the temperature of your skin, Ricardo talking purposefully and with curiosity and with that steady, autonomous, critical reserve he had, a sense that many things might have been done in other times and places, but that the results would be a lot clearer when they were done right here and now. And then he disappeared into the metro.
Ricardo, thanks for the feeling of welcome that you brought to the world. Brian Holmes # 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]