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Ted forwarded me this extract from PMC-TALK, which is the discussion group for the electronic journal _Postmodern Culture_ (PMC-LIST). [Subscription to PMC-TALK is independent of subscription to PMC-LIST; if you are not subscribed to the journal itself, and would like to be, send your first and last name and a request for subscription to PMC@UNITY.NCSU.EDU] I thought this would be of interest. For those of you who haven't heard of Michael Joyce, check out his hypertext poem _Victory Garden_ (retails at about $34.95)--well worth a read! --------------------- text of forwarded message ----------------------- >Sender: MIJOYCE@vaxsar.vassar.edu >Subject: Invitation to join Arts & Humanities Ad-hoc group statement This message invites interested artists, writers and others concerned with network resources for the arts to participate in a new and pressing national effort to preserve computing resources for the arts on the informational superhighway (or NII as it is termed by the Clinton administration). Since time is of the essence, please repost this message to interested parties nationally and internationally and try to understand and forgive multiple postings to you. Through a simple twist of fate I was very recently invited to participate in an ad-hoc meeting in Washington, D.C regarding Arts and Humanities computing and the NII co-hosted by the (ARL, CAUSE and Educom sponsored) Coalition for Networked Information and the Getty Foundation. The meeting involved some twenty participants including presidents or directors of a wide range of humanities organizations, information industry and publishing organizations as well as officials of NEA, NEH, and NSF. Meeting co-chair Charles Henry, Director of Vassar College Library, set the tone for the meeting by noting that "more space is devoted in the NII prospectus to discuss automating heating of federal buildings than to arts and humanities computing." Like many of you receiving this posting, I had been under the impression that surely someone was speaking for our interests in the deliberations of the Clinton administration regarding NII. However in the discussion that followed it became quite clear that this was not so. A number of participants shared horrifying tales which made it clear that not only were humanities and arts interests not being heard but also that, as regards humanities and arts computing, entertainment industry forces (which Stuart Moulthrop has termed the "Military Infotainment Complex") were largely calling the shots. There was a wide-spread feeling among participants that a crisis existed and that something had to be done. As the lone electronic artist at the meeting I described my own participation by saying I felt like the unelected representative of a nomadic tribe, a representative of the many unrepresentable (in both senses) artists, writers and others who depended upon the network as a place for performance, community, collaboration and publication. I suggested that many of us fancy ourselves as functioning at the interstices in temporary autonomous zones and yet nonetheless increasingly find that our own "cultural heritage" *is* the net itself. While our interests and those of traditional humanities organizations (such as university presses or textual archive projects) might be at cross purposes, I suggested that we shared the concerns of those at the meeting seeking to preserve and protect. "object information," textual databases, and digital libraries. My comments were received with respect and interest by a group which understood the need to form alliances with us but quite frankly wished to focus on what they perceived as the immediate crisis. The meeting ended with a consensus on the need to define a rubric for humanities and the arts in NII; to collect data on computing in the humanities and the arts to support congressional lobbying; and to form alliances with identified stake-holders in these efforts. A preliminary crisis statement drafted by a steering committee will be presented to congress and the administration.and widely publicized. What prompts this message is an invitation to review and perhaps join in the signing of this statement when it is circulated.in the coming week. Since to the best of my knowledge no coordinating group of network artists and writers exists, I am asking interested persons and organizations to email me directly (MIJOYCE@vassar.edu) and I will circulate the statement for you to consider. If you decide to affiliate yourself or your organization with the statement, I will gather the (virtual) signatures and forward them to the steering committee. I do not myself intend to form an organization but will collect these signatures under a collective umbrella which I'm calling NAWOC (network artists, writers and others concerned). If any organization is already actively involved in such a project and would rather coordinate such an effort, I would be happy to forward all this information to them. (Likewise if there is a wider interest in forming such an organization, I'd be happy to join in those efforts.) What's important is to act (at least for the moment) in concert. Michael Joyce MIJOYCE@vassar.edu AOL: michaelj21 AppleLink: D1924 Vassar College, Poughkeepsie NY 12601 USA Voice 914.437.5943 Fax 914.437.7187 --------------------------------------------------------