[artinfo] [spectre] New Publication on Network and Narrative

Andrea Zapp zapp at snafu.de
Tue Feb 24 14:55:16 CET 2004

networked narrative environments
as imaginary spaces of being

edited by andrea zapp

Published by
Faculty of Art & Design, MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University
in collaboration with
Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, FACT, Liverpool

February 2004

ISBN 1 900756 24 2
144 pp., 30 b/w illustrations, size 120mm x 170mm, price £8.99

Distributed by
Cornerhouse Publications
70 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 5NH, England
tel: +44 (0)161 200 1503
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email: publications at cornerhouse.org

Via various forms of audio-visual communications, from chat protocols, net 
and software art to online theatre and immersive telepresence, artists are 
using a wide range of technologies to explore the digital network as a 
narrative space. Human presence is increasingly subject to a constant flow 
of online contributions, material, and data. How does this reposition our 
collective understanding of the physical and the virtual, the real and the 

In this context the 'networked narrative environment' must be defined as an 
artistic modus operandi and experiment that reflects medial and social 
processes. The book documents exemplary and unique artistic research 
positions within a developing genre. It serves as a resourceful 
illustration of the cultural debate on narratives, networking, and media art.

Leading international artists, writers, and curators examine specific 
examples of public installations and dramatic spaces that are linked to the 
Internet with the aim to integrate the viewer into the artwork. Key 
artistic projects and initiatives reflect sophisticated and complex new 
models of audience participation, real-time experience, and production of 


Andrea Zapp

Network Aesthetics:
Strategies of Participation within Net.Art
Gloria Sutton

An Archaeology of Networked Art:
A Symptomatic Reading of The Messenger by Paul DeMarinis
Erkki Huhtamo

The Actual and the Imagined
Susan Collins

'A Fracture in Reality':
Networked Narratives as Imaginary Fields of Action
Andrea Zapp

The Emergence of User- and Performer-Determined Narratives in Telematic 
Paul Sermon

Adventures in Cyber-theatre (or the Actor's Fear of the Disembodied Audience)
Steve Dixon

Mediapoiesis, Autopoietic Compiling, and Code Critique in the Technological 
Narratives of the Code
Margarete Jahrmann

Plus Bibliography

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