Hard to believe, but it’s eight years since I was invited to join online community Antiweb, and it’s now Antiweb’s 10th birthday. Antiweb is a very cool, very supportive little community of people who do stuff online – not really much more of a common thread than that, the group started when a bunch of William Burroughs enthusiasts hooked up and started sharing web tips, with Mal providing momentum. Subsequently, Antiweb kickstarted Posiweb, which was possibly the first ever experiment in blogging (with the difference that each posi-web entry had to be destroyed when the next one was made, an instruction which very few people actually followed hence there are still many posi-web pages hidden away around the net) and which I was proud to be a part of.
During the time I’ve been on Antiweb there have been some changes, the list has got a lot quieter for the most part, but it has evolved and survived and has, directly or indirectly, hooked me up with a lot of my longest-standing friends online. Antiweb is currently going through something of a renaissance. Thanks to Phil for getting me involved all the way back then!
So now Antiweb are having a birthday party. But it’s in the San Francisco area, and I’m not going to be anywhere near in the neighbourhood, sadly. Allcomers welcome though, anti or not. Here’s the invite:
GetOggz.com and Antiweb present
a free evening of light and sound
8pm at 21Grand.org in Oakland, California on Thursday July 28th
- An exhibit of LED lamps & sculptures with an interactive motion-triggered audio installation featuring a preview of Morphema.com’s color morphing LED lamps and toys.
- A performance by Theresa Wong on Matthew Sperry’s bicycle.
- On display: 30-page digital cut-up image/word comic by Scot Hacker w/antiweb excerpts
- The West Coast debut of “The Power and Mighty” straight out of Brokeland.
- Other fun stuff yet to be announced.
Antiweb is small private mailing list of web artists, poets and writers, now celebrating it’s 10th anniversary, that has collectively collaborated on a half-dozen books and various projects over the years. The Village Voice described Antiweb in 1996 as an “intentional community”. WIRED magazine described Antiweb in 1997 as “An influential online bohemian think-tank”…”forged out of dialogs among webmasters influenced by (William S.) Burroughsian thought.” The New York Times cited Antiweb in 1996 as “an underground e-mail list” that “came together last year to protect self-publishing artists on the Web from the tidal wave of major commercial efforts now flooding the Net.”
Oggz guru Malcolm Humes operates GetOggz.com and is developing a new line of LED lamp products under the name Morphema. His work with LED light sculptures was inspired by Brian Eno’s installation at the Exploratorium in 1988. His interactive sound work uses motion triggered audio to create an environment of sound and poetry triggered by interaction in the space.
Scot Hacker hosts the decade-old Birdhouse Arts artists collective at birdhouse.org as well as the Archive of Misheard Lyrics at kissthisguy.com, and runs a web and mail hosting service for artists, journalists, and activists (hosting.birdhouse.org).
Cellist Theresa Wong is an improviser and composer exploring a world of sound that embraces improvisation, her instrument, voice and the amplified bicycle. More on Theresa.
Christian Crumlish, if he is going to be listed here, is a web strategist at Extractable.com, co-founded Enterzone and Telegraph.nu, and is a charter member of the antiweb list. He co-edited Coffeehouse: /Writing from the Web/ with antiwebber Levi Asher in 1997. He blogs at You’re It, Radio Free Blogistan, and Personal Democracy Forum, among others. He is one half of the band /The Power and Mighty/.
Janan Young hosts one of the oldest poetry communities on the web, AlienFlower.org since 1995. She devotes time to her writing, to editing, and she corresponds with poets daily to encourage them to make a difference with their writing. Most recently, one of her poems (August 2005) will be published in a literacy curriculum developed by Dr. Jane Fell Greene, Ed.D., www.sopriswest.com to be used to help at-risk elementary students.
Other performances of poetry and music are also likely to occur.
21Grand is actually located at 416 25th St. Oakland, CA 94612. For directions please see: http://www.21grand.org/map.html