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E-Mail From Carl
Mark Jones

If you ever find yourself doing research in virtual reality, chances are you will come across the name Carl Eugene Loeffler. Loeffler is a pioneer in combining telecommunications with art...

Stelarc: Still Hanging Around
Mark Jones

To watch Australian performance artist Stelarc play a video of his suspension performances -- in which he hangs naked from flesh-piercing hooks attached to ropes -- is a bit like voluntarily running your long fingernails down the surface of a clean blackboard...

Howard Rhiengold's Virtual Reality
Mark Jones

Meeting Howard Rheingold can't be too far off from going on a psychedelic trip. On the evening I finally met him face to face, he was wearing a deep purple shirt, rainbow suspenders, bright red pants and jacket, a pair of boots he had painted multicolour designs on, and a funky fedora.

Brenda Laurel: the technodiva speaks
Mark Jones

Brenda Laurel has become the technodiva of technology. Her views on human-computer interaction are some of the most widely-quoted in the field today, and given her theories it is no surprise that her original background is not in computers, but theatre. She brings a fresh perspective to the commonly-thought cold relationship between humans and their machines.

The Godfather of Art and Technology: An Interview with Billy Kluver of E.A.T.
Garnet Hertz

Working in collaboration with such artists as Robert Raushenberg, Andy Warhol, and Robert Whitman, Billy Kluver was at the forefront of the "Art and Technology" movement of the late 1960's. In an attempt to bring artists and engineers together, Kluver -- a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering -- formed Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) with Robert Rauschenberg in 1966. Still directing Experiments in Art and Technology after thirty years, Kluver explains the inspiration, formation, and operation of the group -- and shares some of his views of technology and art.

Beyond the Realm of Humans: An Interview with Mark Pauline of S.R.L.
Garnet Hertz

Leading the San-Francisco-based "Survival Research Laboratories", Mark Pauline has distinguished himself as one of the pioneers of large-scale machine-based performance. Since starting S.R.L. in 1979, Pauline has directed nearly fifty shows -- scavenging and incorporating technology from the silicon valley into a massive spectacle of steel, hydraulics, flame, power, and fear.