trebor at thing.net
Mon Jan 14 18:24:17 UTC 2008
Thank you to all who have contributed to the list in the past year,
Happy New Year. A few notes, a bit of background for the new and
I founded this mailing list in 2004 and moderated it, more or less daily
for the past two years when traffic started to pick up.
It is commercially hosted by The Thing ISP in New York. This list is not
for announcements, anonymous posts or lunch break chats. It only
includes forwarded news articles when they are relevant to a specific
thread. The focus is on discussion. Today's media landscape is saturated
with referral sites like Mahola, Del.icio.us, Stumbleupon, and numerous
valuable announcement and news sharing lists that address the need to
share the URLs du jour.
The list facilitated idea swaps gravitating around the Social Web
(aiming to avoid the Web 2.0-happy-ever-after-land), art, and education.
Occasionally, when meeting people at conferences, or when reading their
books, blog essays or journal articles, I get curious and spontaneously
invite them to join the list, which is open for everybody to subscribe
and contribute. I also encourage specific subscribers (out of the
roughly 1500 list "members" right now), often women, to start up
Those of you who joined the list recently may not have had a chance to
scroll down to the URLs appearing at the end of every single post. There
is a link to the iDC Flickr page that shows you the faces of subscribers
who chose to make their association public. It's easy. To include
yourself, just add the "idcnetwork" tag to a Flickr photo (or send me a
The iDC Facebook Group is an option to publicize announcements and chat
if you are not deterred by FB's small print on privacy. While I don't
think that today a mailing list is the best friend-finder application;
if you are eager to know who writes on the list, have a look into the
You can also RSS feed the list. Sometimes after periods of silence, a
fairly explosive number of posts surfaces. For the list to have few
contributions for a week or so is just fine (quantity for the sake of it
is a fickle companion). Should the number of posts become cumbersome,
you can switch on the "Daily Digest" option.
Over the past three years, The Institute for Distributed Creativity
(IDC) stepped out of the virtual realm with publications and events.
Some of us met face to face at ISEA in Santa Fe.
In 2006, The Center for Virtual Architecture, The Institute for
Distributed Creativity (iDC), and the Architectural League of New York
co-produced the Situated Technologies Symposium, which led to a series
of nine publications that will be launched over the next three years. We
launched the first one of these pamphlets at a panel at the Architecture
League in New York City a few weeks ago.
In collaboration with Autonomedia and the Institute for Network
Cultures, the iDC published "The Art of Free Cooperation"
(eds. Lovink and Scholz).
In 2005, the iDC collaborated with The Graduate Center, City University
of New York on the conference "Share, Share Widely" about new-media art
(the audio is currently down)
Next, we'll focus on publications. One idea is to form small groups
based on existing iDC threads, collaborating with participants in
previous debates, creating booklets based on the most vital exchanges.
This may make it easier to use list essays for teaching, for example.
all the best,
A few example threads from the mailing list (leaving out, of course,
many other noteworthy discussions):
Media Dies More Slowly Than Some Would Like
Shelf Life (on the longevity of new media art)
One Laptop Per Child Project
Notes Toward a Theory of Ludocapitalism
What is Left? / What Does a Distributed Politics Look Like?
Documenta and Data Mining
Everything is Miscellaneous
Will you delete your Feedburner account?
From Counter Culture to Cyber Culture: The "Utopian" thing.....
A Critique of Sociable Web Media
Some Thoughts on Jean Baudrillard
How Does Social Media Educate?
Partial vs. Peripheral Attention
Play, Open-Ended Research, Post-Critical Approaches
ISEA-- Interactive City: Irrelevant Mobile Entertainment?
Curating New Media Art
Media Art Education
Free, Libre and Open Source Software
Digital Rights Management and the Future of the Internet
The Social Event Machine
Precariousness of Labor and Time
Radical Media Activism
Micro-Histories of Media art
More information about the iDC