Editorial: Nisar Keshvani
The Internet's 10th year was celebrated in May (yes, everyone knows
its been around longer than that!). The Leonardo Music Journal is
10, Rhizome's turned five, and fAf's 14 this year.
Countless other publications and organisations must be marking their
anniversaries and birthdays. These momentous occasions are a time
for reflection - just like an individual's birthday, when one reminisces,
recalls the ups, the downs, and from past experiences maps out the
The world of art & technology has existed for a while now. Artists
continue beckoning for more funding, better administration, management
and direction. There are slight improvements - Down Under, the Australia
Council is reportedly reviewing the state's visual arts, and Singapore
launches the Esplanade in 2002. Is may not be sufficient but it's
Fourteen years ago, when Ray Lauzzana founded fAf - it was the *only*
on-line arts newsletter, today various publications distribute news,
opportunities in the art, new media, science, technology fields.
This brings to mind, an 'e-conversation' with Roger Malina (Leonardo
publications' Executive Editor) last year when I first became editor.
The challenge was and still is to respond to needs that are not
"The Internet creates new electronic monasteries - where people
outside the wall and inside the wall are in worse communication
than before there was the Internet."
How do we burrow through these Internet walls?
Here's a start, we @ fAf would like to initiate a dialogue. We're
interested to hear from organisations and individuals - what do
*you* think? What opportunities are out there? Which direction should
we be casting our sails? How do we respond to needs? Are there collaboration
venues - less duplication, more productivity? Email us at: email@example.com,
we look forward to hearing from you.
This month, its my pleasure to introduce our newly appointed Australian
Editor - Linda Carroli who'll manage our home base. Carroli is a
widely-published journalist, essayist, critic and curator of public,
gallery and virtual spaces. I take on the Editor-in-Chief's role,
and Paul Brown is the Executive Editor. Together, we hope to develop
fresh strategies, and achieve new heights.
In this issue - Mark Beam's feature: Beware the Bohemian, Linda
Carroli's review of 'Othermindedness: The Emergence of Network Culture'
and Fatima Lasay's catalogue essay on 'Geocentricity'.
Also check out, Ni Kee Seah's web review of 'InteravtivA '01', our
Singaporean guests from Ngee Ann Polytechnic Hannah Teoh & E-von
Yeoung review 'Cybercultures' and the 'Nuisance' site. Maree Kimberley
looks at 'Selling Art on the Internet' (an e-book), while Felicity
Carpenter at the 'Performance' exhibition.
Catch ya - same site, same url - next month, with plenty of responses.