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Sticky.net.au launches

WHAT'S STICKY? Sticky.net.au is a place to stick your stuff or get stuck into the works of other creative types. At Sticky you will be able to enjoy music, short films, animation, radio shows, digital stories, photography, writing, and heaps of other creative stuff from young Queenslanders. Better yet, you can put your own creative work online - and collaborate with other people to make or remix new stuff. Look out for the launch in late May 2005. To find out more, just log onto www.youthweek.sticky.net.au

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Sarai - new media initiative (India)

Sarai: the New Media Initiative - a space for research, practice and conversation about the contemporary media and urban constellations. Sarai is based in New Delhi, India. In 1999, the members of Raqs Media Collective were invited to participate in the development of a strategy for the public broadcasting of documentary films in India, a discussion which led to the foundation of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, still the main engine of documentary film production and viewership in India. More significantly for Raqs's own work, this thinking took them into the new debates about knowledge, culture and technology that had become prominent with the rise of the Internet, and led to a search for new forms of production and dissemination of knowledge and cultural material. In 2001 Raqs co-founded Sarai at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies. The word sarai, or caravansarai, common to many Central Asian and Indian languages, refers to the shelters for travellers, sometimes large and extravagant, that traditionally dotted the cities and highways of that part of the world, facilitating travel and commerce but also enabling the exchange of stories and ideas. Serving the function, variously, of research centre, publishing house, cafe, conference centre, cinema, software laboratory and studio for digital art and design, Sarai is striking for its networked structure. Through its institutional partnerships, the research fellowships it provides each year, its residencies for visiting artists, researchers and programmers, multiple email lists, and many informal collaborations, Sarai has developed a large network that allows it to accumulate a vast range of knowledge and opinion from across the world and to make it available in many forms, places and languages. "Cybermohalla", the network of media laboratories established by Sarai in slum areas of Delhi, has led to a particularly impressive collaboration between members of Sarai and groups of young writers, artists and thinkers from these areas; while collaborations with programmers have led to "OPUS", an online experiment in artistic production inspired by the working practices of the free software movement.

Avatar Body Collision

The Colliders are four women who met online in 2001 and formed Avatar Body Collision in 2002. We are a collaborative, globally distributed performance troupe who live (mostly) in London, Helsinki, Aotearoa/New Zealand and cyberspace. We devise and rehearse online using chat software that is cross-platform and free to download.

Upstage - online performance & storytelling

UpStage is a New Zealand site for online performances and storytelling. The next walk-through will be on Wednesday 2 February 2005.

Desktop Theatre

Links to The Palace, a 2D avatar based virtual community / networked space

Raqs Media Collective

Raqs Media Collective - excerpt from Wikipedia entry
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raqs_Media_Collective

Raqs Media Collective is a group of three media practitioners - Jeebesh Bagchi (New Delhi, 1965), Monica Narula (New Delhi, 1969) and Shuddhabrata Sengupta (New Delhi, 1968) - based in New Delhi. Raqs is best known for its contribution to contemporary art, and has presented work at most of the major international shows, from Documenta to the Venice Biennale; but the collective is active in an unusually wide range of domains, and it is perhaps this breadth that gives their work its originality and scope.

FurtherStudio - realtime, online digital net art residencies

FurtherStudio is an exploratory, year long project, set up to create online, real-time, net art residencies with three UK-based artists. Each residency lasts for 3 months, during which time the artists need not leave their studio or home environments, as the FurtherStudio web facility offers a public window on the artist's PC desktop as they work.

Rosicrucian Order, AMORC

Rosicrucian teachings / home study course in mysticism, metaphysics, and philosophy to help people master their life, experience inner peace, and make a difference in the world

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