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Journal Abstracts

Network Art and Virtual Communities
Derrick de Kerckhove

"The rapid development of art on the Net is one more proof that artists are among the first people to use new media and make them perceivable as environments open to more than utilitarian and functional use. One of the roles of art addressing technological transformation is to bring out the human content, the metaphorical over and above the functional or litteral value of the unfolding technological environment. In times of great structural changes of the collective mind, the artist's job is to make people aware of such changes and create the new decors and sensory experiences afforded by them. ..."

Gregory Ulmer / Linda Marie Walker

The star is the (a) thing; the fetish over the heart, the intersection. From Noon to Dusk, and in between the trouble of the star. For Ulmer one star, for Walker another, and the spoken as double (theory).

LiLy Ponds: a poststructural gardening thriller
Jyanni Steffensen

LiLy Ponds is an episodic novel-in-progress. LiLy first appeared in Broadsheet 23/3 (Winter 1994), re-appeared in LiLy Ponds 2, Agenda (November 1994), and failed to appear in LiLy Ponds 3 Tarantella 4, Adelaide: Tantrum Press, 1994) which collapsed due to hot weather. This is her fourth performance. The body is buried in the .......

siting the body
Michael Tawa

An etymological and metaphorical tracking of ideas related to body, city and community. Sidetracks through matter, liminality and the shimmering borders of darkness. A tentative charting of urbanity as the site wherein community comes to presence as exposed and brimming. The piece inclines to Heidegger, Nancy and Agamben.

Lisa Robertson

As phantasy recognizes power's sites, the erotics of complicity find an ambience inside descriptive convention. This writing produces itself within such ambiguous folds, or ripples rather, since the place that is the centre moves kinetically across language. Phatic shows the descriptive surface as hopeful, impossible: cleft.

Between the colon & the semi-colon...
Peter Bishop

How does the natural world look through an imagination of the bowels? By exploring notions of the stomach and digestive processes, of the body's nervous system, of healthy diet, this paper tries to imagine a plurality of gut-centred perspectives towards landscape, identity, and nature. It draws on ancient ideas about a vegetable soul, as well as modern dreams and literature.

Alien Sick
Simon Robb

There are stories about aliens and there are stories which are alien. Alien may mean strange and foreign in content, structure and form. Alien stories may be composed with multiple examples of a 'true foreign'. They may be connected with local and international technologies of self-formation. They may also be fragments of the imagination.