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Barry Wellman Professor of Sociology NetLab Director
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Centre for Urban & Community Studies University of Toronto
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>Switch is proud to announce a new Spring/Summer 2001 issue, Social Networks
>II, v7n1(http://switch.sjsu.edu). Taking inspiration from our previous issue,
>Social Networks, v6n2, Switch continues the investigation of what social,
>networks, and social networks means in relationship to contemporary art
>practice, new media, technology, and science.
>In "Bacterial Cybernetics and PDAs" (or, why PDA shouldn't stand for Personal
>Digital Animalculi) Benjamin Eakins proposes that the communication and
>control structures of bacteria may serve as a useful model for the
>interactions of wireless personal devices. Cindy Ahuna's "Online Game
>Communities Are Social in Nature" looks at social environments evolving from
>online games. In "Substantial Disturbance: An Interview with Faith Wilding"
>conducted in May of 2001, Brett Stalbaum asks Faith Wilding about artworlds,
>collaboration, interventionist art, and the models that lie behind activism
>and activist art today. From another perspective on activism, James Morgan's
>"Virtual Political and Cultural Activism" looks at the nature of electronic
>civil disobedience as both an art practice and a political tool.
>To the chagrin of the academic elite who even bother to notice, Thomas Kinkade
>has built a multimedia empire based on a lifestyle brand of Rockwellian
>simplicity and small town family values. Matt Mays' "Thomas Kinkade and the
>La-Z-Boy Aesthetic" explores the Kinkade phenomena, its shaky financial
>underpinnings and the implications for the growing rift between middle
>America. In contrast, Glen Sparer's "Art As Creative Virus and Host in the
>work of Mel Chin" illuminates Mel Chin's unique ideology on art as
>insertionary idea within a social realm.
>Rob Riddle's "Dubwise: Sonic Networks and Experiments in Studied Chance"
>explores relationships of sounds and rhythms; stories, thoughts, emotions and
>ideas that steep in the songs of a culture, giving the full concoction a
>unique voice and flavor. Wendy Angel's "DiFi: Digital and Fiber" is a text
>which explores a network of interrelationships between two superficially
>disparate media. Digital and fiber are entwined technologically,
>linguistically and socially.
>Inna Razumova's "Interview with Victoria Vesna" focuses on Vesna's recent
>collaborative project Datamining Bodies. In addition, Mark Gonzales'
>"Databodies, Genitals, and Living Forever......An Interview with Victoria
>Vesna" addresses such topics as developing an information persona through
>autonomous agents, social networks and databodies. Sheila Malone's "The Man
>Behind The Bunny: An informal interview with Eduardo Kac" reveals answers to
>popular ethical questions about science and art commingling in a test tube.
>Eduardo Kac traces his career and objectives as an artist in pursuit of a
>Nora Raggio's "Dancing on the Web, Dancing over the Ocean: An Interview with
>Amy Critchett" discusses DANCING ON THE WEB, DANCING OVER THE OCEAN, a
>multicultural performance that will take place between youth groups in CA,
>USA and SENEGAL this summer and will culminate in a live performance in San
>Jose on Labor Day weekend, 2001. Nora also interviews Lisa Jevbratt, curator
>of the show "LifeLike," an interdisciplinary survey of all things
>LifeLike--on the web, in the gallery, and in the theater. (
>www.newlangtonarts.org/network/infome) involving artists Elliot Anderson,
>Marc Bohlen, Natalie Bookchin, Steve Dietz, Alex Galloway, Arijana Kaifes,
>Diane Ludens, Eddo Stern, Lev Manovich, Ken and Jennifer McCoy, Mark Tribe
>and Geri Wittig.
>In a unique feature Joel Slayton and Glen Sparer review and interview
>featured artists at SIGGRAPH 2001
>(http://switch.sjsu.edu/v7n1/siggraph01.html) Also featured in our current
>issue are projects from Cadre students, Dawn Ahlquist, Susie McKinnon, and
>Rob Spain. Dawn Ahlquist's and Susie McKinnon's project,
>explores nonsensical cloud watching. Rob Spain's The Referential Database
>(http://cadre.sjsu.edu/~rspain/the/egomachine/statement.html) is a
>combination of Scripting and Mark up languages designed to analyze, process
>and store data.
>Social Networks II is a robust issue of exclusive interviews and unique
>social explorations of cultural and technological concerns. We hope you enjoy
>our latest endeavor.
>Sheila A. Malone
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