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[Nettime-bold] Closing Week of the Genius 2000 Conference 2000


October 1 will soon be here, after which no more submissions will be accepted 
by the judges.  Act now to make this the best Conference ever!  Send 
submissions to nmherman@aol.com or check the Info link on 
Email submissions write "Rolling submissions" in the subject line.
Many thanks to the judges:  Simon Biggs, Corey Eiseman, JDKeller, Carter 
Lebares, Jenn McCoy, Pat Mountain, and Eryk Salvaggio.  
Thanks also to everyone who sent in work; best of luck!


New jpg:  http://www.geocities.com/~genius-2000/MikeWatt.jpg

Mike Watt is a very socially conscious musician from the L.A. area.  He 
played here in Mpls last night and I gave him a Special Edition Genius 2000 
Video.  He also signed a flyer for me--Thanks Mike!  Anyone who gets a chance 
to see him play should go, it's a good show.



New Link for Terrence Kosick:

Many people have wondered and asked or written me: why should I believe
you and the teachings of Genius2000.? So many sales and religious hucksters 
have promised me much but given me nothing. How can anyone
listen to and believe your claims that anyone can become a genius and
that you can teach them how. I hope that I can convince you both that I am a 
genius and that I can teach you to become one.



On August 27, 2000, two thousand Genius 2000 tickets were thrown off the 
bridge in the atrium at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  At least 
seven photographs were taken.  No permission was asked or given by the Museum.

Each ticket was printed on standard copy paper and measured 2" by 2 3/4".  On 
the front of the ticket is the Genius 2000 Network symbol; on the back was 
the url www.geocities.com/~genius-2000.  

Each ticket was hand-numbered by Max Herman with roman numerals.  At least 
five of these tickets have been preserved.  


To Participate:  send email to director@sfmoma.org; http@rhizome.org; 
nmherman@aol.com; letters@sfbg.com; tom_tompkins@sfbg.com

David Ross has refused to comment and should be pressed to change his mind.


A very disturbing and ominous website:  http://www.tribecafilm.com/converge/

Protest against it using email to contactus@tribecafilm.com or by throwing 
tickets at the business gathering itself (if you can afford a ticket).


Join the Genius 2000 Conference 2000 listserv by sending a blank email to:


All topics permitted and encouraged.


Victoria Vesna now has a copy of the Video First Edition.  Ask her about it 
by writing her at vv@ucla.edu, or by visiting her site 

"According to James Hillman, economics is the only effective syncretistic 
cult remaining in the world today, our world's only ecumenical faith. It 
provides the daily ritual, uniting Christian, Hindu, Mormon, atheist, 
Buddhist, Sikh, Adventist, animist, evangelist, Muslim, Jew, fundamentalist 
and New Ager in one common temple, admitting all alike. (Hillman,1995) As 
information replaces working capital, so intellectual assets replace physical 
ones -- the World Wide Web becomes the electronic marketplace where ideas are 
shared, exchanged, bought and sold. It is an ideal environment for two most 
very different participants -- conceptual artists and multi-national 
corporations. At the core of conceptualist aspirations is a move away from 
the object toward establishing the primacy of the idea, while mulitnational 
corporations always defied borders and have moved from physical product to 
intellectual capital. 

"Intellectual capital, as defined by Thomas Stewart, is -- knowledge, 
information, intellectual property and experience -- that can be put to use 
to create wealth. It is collective brainpower. Knowledge has become the 
preeminent economic resource--more important than raw material; more 
important, often, than money. (Stewart, 1997) With this in mind, I propose 
development of an Information Personae, a mixture of agent and avatar 
technologies, engineered to address the following questions: If knowledge and 
communication are fast becoming a primary economic asset, what are the 
implications for creative communities working on the World Wide Web? How does 
collective knowledge manifest itself when not directly related to corporate 
structure, specifically in relation to creative communities [sic].Can we 
become conscious of how information that represents us travels? If artwork is 
no longer constrained by physical space, objecthood and gallery systems, what 
forms may creative knowledge assume? How is creative knowledge positioned in 
the world of electronic commerce? And finally, building on the heritage of 
conceptual artists and contemporary philosophers who question authorship, 
institutions and the role of commerce in the arts, how do creative concepts 
figure in electronic economies?"

--Victoria Vesna, from "Marketplace"


For more information on Max Herman's appearance on C-Span, go to 



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As Ralph Nader said, it's important to document your indignation.  Be sure to 
do so in whatever way you know how.  

Here's to world peace,

Max Herman
The Genius 2000 Conference 2000

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