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Networked: a (networked_book) about (networked_art)

Networked: a (networked_book) about (networked_art) – A Juried International Competition :: Call for Proposals – Deadline: December 15, 2008


Five writers will be commissioned to develop chapters for a networked book about networked art. The chapters will be open for revision, commentary, and translation by online collaborators. Each commissioned writer will receive $3,000 (US).

Project Committee: Steve Dietz (Northern Lights, MN), Martha CC Gabriel (net artist, Brazil), Geert Lovink (Institute for Network Cultures, The Netherlands), Nick Montfort (Massachusetts Institute for Technology, MA); and Anne Bray (LA Freewaves, LA), Sean Dockray (Telic Arts Exchange, LA), Jo-Anne Green (NRPA, MA), Eduardo Navas (newmediaFIX), Helen Thorington (NRPA, NY)

Networked Partners: New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. (NRPA) :: newmediaFIX :: LA Freewaves :: Telic Arts Exchange.

“A networked book is an open book designed to be written, edited and read in a networked environment.” – Institute for the Future of the Book

Networked Goals: (1) to commission five chapters and publish them online using Wiki/blog technology to enable the public to revise, update, debate and translate them; (2) to present public forums to publicize the online book and solicit participation in its development.


Book: Software Studies by Lev Manovich Available Online

Image and announcement source: Software Studies

Note: In the Spirt of the commons Lev Manovich makes available online his latest book. Release notes from the book’s website follow below.


format: PDF.

November 20, 2008.
Please note that this version has not been proofread yet, and it is also missing illustrations.
Length: 82,071 Words (including footnotes).

Software Takes Command by Lev Manovich is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
Please notify me if you want to reprint any parts of the book.

One of the advantages of online distribution which I can control is that I don’t have to permanently fix the book’s contents. Like contemporary software and web services, the book can change as often as I like, with new “features” and “big fixes” added periodically. I plan to take advantage of these possibilities. From time to time, I will be adding new material and making changes and corrections to the text.

Check softwarestudies.com/softbook.html for the latest version of the book.

send to manovich@ucsd.edu with the word “softbook” in the email header.

‘Wild Style’ at 25: A Film That Envisioned the Future of Hip-Hop Culture, by David Gonzalez

In a scene from the 1983 movie “Wild Style,” the Rock Steady Crew gave much of the world its first glimpse of break dancing.

Image and text source: NYTimes

First published on November 11, 2008

In the 25 years since “Wild Style” was first shown, in Times Square, more than a few viewers were convinced that the movie was a documentary. Granted, its stars were real-life graffiti artists like Lee Quiñones, hip-hop groups like the Cold Crush Brothers and break dancers like the Rock Steady Crew. But the story — such as it was — was less a reflection of real life than a hope for the future.

Read the entire article at NYTimes

Obama President Elect

Image source: NYTimes

Here is my small note in the historic moment
that the United States is currently living.

Here is a small drop in the sea of Internet content
that is currently being written about Barack Obama.

Here is to one of the most successful presidential campaigns
that made the most of networked culture.

Here is to the United States entering a new stage in its history.

Here is to change, difference, and diversity.

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