The Lab is alive! I am starting a bi-weekly newsletter to keep the Arts Alliance family updated on what I'm doing here at the lab. It will be a combination of reports on lab activities and pointers to things Out There in Cyberspace that I find intriguing. Please let me know if the Notes are useful and interesting...or not. I've chosen the addressee list based on people I've actually met and spoken to. Other people in your organization - CTO's, creative directors, software designers, etc. - should possibly receive this as well. If so, please send me their email addresses and I will add them to the list. Lab Notes 1.0 22 October 2000 Go See Now! Bakteria.org : Arcangel First of all, check at http://www.bakteria.org/AniZmo/ for some very fresh Flash sound and image artistry by Arcangel. An artist from Mexico, Arcangel brings to the screen the illustration techniques and mischievous humor found in the murals all over Mexico City. Been There Ars Electronica (September 2 - 9) The Lab's installation of TextOrgan at Ars Electronica was a great success, with thousands of people visiting the piece every day during it's two week run. It now goes into a year-long exhibition called Print on Screen. Please see the trip report at http://www.aalab.net/ephemera/tripreports/Ars2000/index.htm for more information and images. Residency 1.1 Nation : Archer Pechawis (September 15 - 29) Archer Pechawis is a performance artist based in Vancouver who has built a career out of provocative and technologically innovative pieces reflecting on his Cree heritage, his bisexual orientation, and his general interest in poking the status quo in the eye. I invited him to spend two weeks at the Lab working on his next piece, Nation, for which he will be using the ActiveText software library. See http://www.aalab.net/ephemera/resid/1.1Nation/index.htm. CRiT 1.1 (September 28) The Lab hosts a monthly art & technology critique night called Creative Reviews of Interactive Technology (CRiT). We invite several artist-technologist to present their current work-in-progress to a small group of artists, technologists and commentators for feedback. Last month, Artist-in- Residence Archer Pechawis presented Nation, Parisienne artist Marie Seste gave an overview of more than a decade of work combining digital media with traditional photography and printing techniques, and Alex and I spoke about our experience at Ars Electronica with TextOrgan. Brian Backus from Ububu and AA Advisor Nish Bhutani joined us for the evening. Please see http://www.aalab.net/ephemera/crits/1.1/index.htm for further information. AA family members are invited to any and all of the CRiTs. Actually, to anything at all going on here at the lab. If you're going to be in town, please give me a shout and I can let you know what we are up to while you are here. Doing That CRiT 1.2 (October 26) The third installment of the CRiT series takes place this coming Thursday, October 26th. We have three artists/technologists scheduled to speak: Sharon Daniels and Mark Bartlett about Subtract the Sky, a large-scale Internet participation project around designing maps; Jim Mason about the G7 Stock Market Puppets, an installation featuring giant 18-foot tall puppets manipulated by financial data fed over the Internet; and (somebody you all know) Skawennati Tricia Fragnito about Imagining Indians, a web-based piece which examines 4000 years of Native American past and future. You can find out more about the event and presenters at http://www.evite.com/respond/view/titleOnly?iid=XHYPDDNGEUQTHOCLKOZO&closeJSHeader =OK&previewAfterSend=ok We're hoping several more people from Ububu as well as PocketThis can join us for this event. .art Frontiers Industry, Artists, and Partnerships (November 2 - 4) .art Frontiers is the first symposium convened by Ground Zero, a Silicon Vallye consortium of artists, technologists and financiers to explore collaborations between the three. I will be speaking on a panel entitled "Innovative Models for Art and Technology Centers". ISEA 2000 (December 6 - 10) ISEA stands for the International Society of Electronica Arts, and, after Ars, is the most significant art + technology conferenence/festival of the year (see http://www.isea2000.com/an/edito.htm.) I have been invited to speak twice at this year's event, once about the Lab and once about our ActiveText/TextOrgan work. Hopefully I will make it to London for a couple of days on the way back.