Out There: Zines & Pubs

A note about the rating system: The ratings reflect a subjective balance of such criteria as originality, concept, execution and suitability to the medium. Please post your recommendations or comments to the Bulletin Board.

**** not to be missed
*** recommended
** if interested
* avoid
(date) date reviewed

***1/2 FineArt Forum: What started back in 1987 as an e-mail news network devoted to art and technology lives on as an ambitious Web site. Although the July,1996 news zine still isn't up in November, this site boasts top-notch art links with an international breadth and a small gallery of artists' online works. (11/96)

** Urban Desires: New York-based web design firm Agency.com's in-house creative project features an art section that is worth a click-through. The art-bytes look--and read--well, with an emphasis on photography and digital media. (10/96)

*** Geekgirl: Australia's (in)famous webzine spews fun with a wacky, feminist, Gen X accent. Don't miss "The Friendly Grrrls Guide to the Internet." The latest issue has 33 (!) articles by some of the coolest Netchix anywhere. (11/96)

*** gURL: Geared toward preteen and teen girls, this delightful zine is the brain(girl)child of students at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. Highlights include "Those Sucky Emotions" and "Ye Olde School for Girls," featuring former girls' advice on all-consuming things like kissing and zits. (11/96)

*** ArtNet Magazine : An ambitious attempt to create art content as added value for a company that specializes in on-line, auction data. The good news is that editor Walter Robinson (ex of Art in America; from which most of the writers hail) has created a readable melange of articles, reviews and images; the bad news is that he seems unaware of the existence of on-line or media art. (5/96)

***1/2 ArtsWire Current : The free news arts of ArtsWire, the oldest, non-profit, artists network. Top story in the May 10 issue details the American Library Association's concerns that new copyright legislation being rushed through Congress will actually make it a copyright violation to browse the Net without a license from copyright holders! (5/96)

***1/4 Connect Arte : Founder Yoonah Kim's range extends from art in China to images of the Pipican Project (Barcelona's answer to "Pooper-Scooper" laws) and promises of Zapatista input. Eclectic, with lots of potential. (3/96)

***3/4 CTHEORY : Arthur and Marilouise Kroker's journal of "theory, technolgy and culture," out of Montreal's Concordia University. From Baudrillard to Virilio, these essays, interviews and reviews comprise an astonishing anthology of cybercultural theory.

**3/4 HotWired : "Pop," the newly re-configured cultcha section of this site (formerly known as "Renaissance"), presents some nifty art tid-bits for short attention spans. You will need to register to view the site but it's free. (5/96)

***1/4 In Motion : The progressive (American) arts perspective intended to "promote organizing and art for social change among communities of color and working people." Art, poetry, photography and (primarily) an impressive collection of articles about arts funding, affirmative action, etc. (2/96)

*** Journal of Contemporary Art : Tasty interviews, projects and discussions under the editorial guidance of Klaus Ottmann. (1/96)

***1/4 Leonardo : Articles--abstracts and the real thing--comprise the weirdly mixed bag this journal has always embraced. The current gamut runs from Leonardo da Vinci's representations of geological formations to a design treatise on "the politics of the artifical." Eduardo Kac's series of articles on Brazilian techno-art looks promising and the gallery section can be cool--note the "Perversity of Technological Correctness"--even without the interactivity of many of the works documented. (5/96)

***1/4 Mediamatic : Very eclectic take on digital culture "where art and technology merge." This 8-year-old quarterly began as an outlet for dissident, anti-TV video artists. In Dutch and English. (10/95)

***1/4 PopTarts : A journal? An artwork? According to founders Margarete Jahrmann and Kathy Rae Huffman, this collection of interviews and ruminations (in German and English) is a"free-style conversation" and an ongoing "performance work" connecting "interesting wired women and networked people." A regular feature of Telepolis, the German-language-only zine. (5/96)

**1/2 Speed : Interesting, over-long interviews with digerati ranging from theorist Sandy Stone to soft-core CD-Rom developer Mike Saenz (of Virtual Valerie fame). PoMo cultural theory is the intellectual m.o. here, no images to download. (10/95)

*** Tightrope: The Digital Journal for Science, Philosophy, Art : More cybercultural theory than anything else from a nicely eclectic range
of American and European writers; in German and English. (11/95)

Out There
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