Cyberspace / Publicspace

Dear STAMAtellites,

Welcome back to those who have been on leave (and hi to those who have been
holding the fort for those of us who were on leave). I hope you all have
made a great start to the New Year. 

Marjorie Barritt forwarded this message which is currently doing the rounds
- it may be interest to some of our members:

The following announcement is being cross-posted to
discussion lists for the arts and humanities, media, technology,
and public policy.  Apologies for any duplicate messages you
may receive.



Global changes in politics, economics, and technology have
thrown into question the concept of the public and the role of the
public sphere in society, especially first-world information
societies.  In this new environment, what is the public sphere
and what role do culture and the arts play in its construction?
How have the definition and significance of art and culture
changed as media have transformed our notions of publicity
and public discourse?

These are the topics of "Cyberspace/PublicSpace: The Role of
Arts and Culture in Defining a Virtual Public Sphere," an
on-going electronic dialogue being launched by the Getty Center
for the History of Art and the Humanities and the Getty Art History
Information Program.  "Cyberspace/PublicSpace" is a
component of a larger research project of the Getty, "Public
Space / Culture Wars:  Redefining the Cultural Public Sphere."
You are invited to participate in the "Cyberspace/PublicSpace"
dialogue on questions of cultural production and community in
the digital environment.

Three papers have been commissioned from authorities in
public policy, media arts, and technology in order to start the
discussion.  They are:

"Electronic Curbcuts: Equitable Access to the Future," by Larry
Goldberg, The CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible

"Cyberspace is not Disneyland: The Role of the Artist in a
Networked World," by Amy Bruckman, Epistemology and
Learning Group, Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of

"Close Comfort: Soft Ware for Hard Times," by DeeDee Halleck,
Department of Communication, University of California, San

We invite you to comment on the papers by responding to the
issues they raise and by proposing other topics relevant to the

You can participate via the World Wide Web by pointing your
browser to the following location:


You can also participate by electronic mail by subscribing to the
Cyberspace/PublicSpace discussion list.  Send an e-mail
message to


with the following text in the message area (leave the "Subject:"
line blank):

        subscribe cyberpub your_e-mail_address

When you subscribe you will receive instructions on
downloading the papers and participating in the discussion.

Thank you for your interest in "Cyberspace/PublicSpace."  We
look forward to your participation.


David Jensen
James M. Bower
Project Managers, Director's Office
Getty Art History Information Program

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