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  • Copyright: 2009-10-30
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This rich collection of writings by pioneering digital artist Mark Amerika mixes (and remixes) personal memoir, net art theory, fictional narrative, satirical reportage, scholarly history, and network-infused language art. META/DATAis a playful, improvisatory, multitrack "digital sampling" of Amerika's writing from 1993 to 2005 that tells the early history of a net art world "gone wild" while simultaneously constructing a parallel poetics of net art that complements Amerika's own artistic practice. Unlike other new media artists who may create art to justify their theories, Amerika documents the emergence of new media art forms while he creates them. Presenting a multifaceted view of the digital art scene on subjects ranging from interactive storytelling to net art, live VJing, online curating, and Web publishing, Amerika gives us "Spontaneous Theories," "Distributed Fictions" (including his groundbreaking GRAMMATRON, the helpful "Insider's Guide to Avant-Garde Capitalism," and others), the more scholarly "Academic Remixes," "Net Dialogues" (peer-to-peer theoretical explorations with other artists and writers), and the digital salvos of "Amerika Online" (among them, "Surf-Sample-Manipulate: Playgiarism on the Net," "The Private Life of a Network Publisher," and satirical thoughts on "Writing as Hactivism"). META/DATAalso features a section of full-color images, including some of Amerika's most well-known and influential works. Provocative, digressive, nomadic, and fun to read, Amerika's texts call to mind the cadences of Gertrude Stein, the Beats, cyberpunk fiction, and even The Daily Showmore than they do the usual new media theorizing. META/DATA maps the world of net culture with Amerika as guide and resident artist. A Leonardo Book

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Series Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Spontaneous Theoriesp. 1
Cyberpsychogeography (An Aimless Drift in Twenty Digressions)p. 3
Portrait of the VJp. 55
Distributed Fictionsp. 87
Grammatronp. 89
This Could Be the First Day of the Rest of My Lifep. 95
How to Be an Internet Artistp. 101
OK Textsp. 103
Memorandum from the Director of the Office of Political and Economic Insecurityp. 105
10 Commsp. 109
Globalization Is . . .p. 111
Top Ten Reasons Why Net.Art Is Deadp. 113
The . . . Writer . . . as . . . Pseudo-Autobiographical Work-in-Progressp. 115
The InsiderĘs Guide to Avant-Garde Capitalismp. 125
Excelling at the Fine Art of Making Money
Natto Girlsp. 135
The Random Life of VJ Persona (A Mobile Medium in the Form of a Fiction)p. 145
Academic Remixesp. 161
Answers to Questions I Have Been Askedp. 163
A Technomadic Journey
Expanding the Concept of Writingp. 181
Notes on Net Art, Digital Narrative, and Viral Ethics
Teaching High Technep. 191
Anticipating the Presentp. 201
An Artist's Intuition
Image Ecriturep. 209
Net Dialoguesp. 221
WYSIWYG Subjectsp. 223
Postcinematic Writingp. 227
Stitch Bitchp. 231
The Hypertext Author as Cyborg-Narrator
Dub Fictionsp. 237
Active/onBlurp. 241
Hawaiian Net Artp. 251
The Organizational Gamep. 255
The Animating Fluid of Cyberspacep. 261
Digital Hallucinogensp. 265
The Loss of Inscriptionp. 269
On Being Retro in the Zeroesp. 273
Amerika Onlinep. 277
This Is All I Do Nowp. 279
Avant-Pop Manifestop. 289
Thread Baring Itself in Ten Quick Posts
Hypertextual Consciousnessp. 295
Notes toward a Critical Net Practice
The Work of Art in the Age of Virtual Republishing and Network Installationp. 317
Network Installations, Creative Exhibitionism, and Virtual Republishingp. 319
An Attempt at Conceptualizing the Ongoing Ungoing Story of Being in Cyberspace
Cyberspace Installationsp. 325
Do-It-Yourself Narrative Composition for the '90s
Surf-Sample-Manipulatep. 331
Playgiarism on the Net
Copyleftistsp. 337
Form and Action in the Network Environment
Life Is Elsewherep. 343
Cruising the Antipodal Trajectory
Prophesizing Infowarp. 349
Creating Expectations in the New Media Economy
The Private Life of a Network Publisherp. 357
A Chair Is a Chair Is a Chairp. 361
Comments at Convergence
The Rhetorical Gesturep. 363
Triptychp. 367
Hypertext, Surfiction, Storyworlds (Part One)
Triptychp. 373
Hypertext, Surfiction, Storyworlds (Part Two)
Blurring Practicesp. 381
The Work of Art as Public Offering
Sonic Upheavalp. 389
Using mp3 to Rip the System
Para-Sites and Host Connectionsp. 395
An Unconditional Love
Writing as Hacktivismp. 401
An Intervening Satire
Designwritingp. 407
A Postliterary Reading Experience
What in the World Wide Web Is Happening to Writing?p. 413
What Is a Blog?p. 417
Making History Upp. 419
A Serial Question Mark
Indexp. 425
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