Marina Zurkow

Marina Zurkow

Why did you first get online?

In 1992 I bought my first modem and joined echo. It was a social move, a move made out of curiosity and a growing penchant to hide out in the world of text (I never loved the phone and I still prefer email). I was more of a lurker than participant, but I found the format fascinating. When the Village Voice published the article about the evil clown who was impersonating people n his MUDD (A Rape in Cyberspace: How an Evil Clown, a Haitian Trickster Spirit, Two Wizards, and a Cast of Dozens Turned a Database Into a Society by Julian Dibbell), I was hooked.  Narrative, play, an open shifting audience, deception and new rules.

When did you first get involved with digital and why?

I did not grow up on computers. I’d done graphic design and film the old school ways. I first touched Photoshop in 1992, at an arts residency at the Banff New Media Institute. Before that, the closest I’d come to digital was a Mac Classic at my job for Japanese TV (and we still had to fax all our docs from NY to Tokyo). It was love at first sight. Total magic.

I was initially enamored with the internet was the freedom of self-publishing. After working behind the velvet ropes of small film festivals, the internet audience was as wide as one was crafty. Even in 1994, I reached a relatively wider audience than I’d been able to in traditional venues as a filmmaker and artist. I liked the chain of networks that the internet offered – curators, self-designated style hubs, artists.

How would you describe your work and professional interests in the 1990’s (or 80’s etc).

90’s – I was the founding design director at Sonicnet. I learned html and flash from the bottom up. We were very hands-on, and experimental. When Sonicnet was acquired by Prodigy, I left. I went on to do freelance work with IBM Research, MTV, Razorfish, and others.  Created a series of experimental animations, culminating in the 35 minute web episodic, braingirl (http://www.thebraingirl.com/). Oddly, by 2001 when I’d completed the series, I found myself back more in film festival / grant / art paradigms. But it really was a thrill when plumbers and office workers wrote me with feedback.

What do you think the future will hold internet/digital?

More of everything, until the oil runs out 🙂

I think it’s time for people to consider the internet as something not only virtual, but also as a depleter of real resources. It’s a kind of microcosm of the ideology that resources are infinite, for those who have access to them.

The internet has become this quickly changing ecosystem – a vast, biodiverse system of interdependent parts.

We all definitely have increased ADD; there’s always more and more  info, also more and more content, but mostly too much info and an increasingly harder time focusing. People will have to relearn in this new exponentially increasing context, to discern for themselves the difference between content and information.

More About Marina:

Marina Zurkow is a video and media artist with a focus on animation. Her works have taken the form of multi-channel videos, customized multi-screen computer pieces, performative and interactive works.

Since 2000, Zurkow has exhibited at The Sundance Film Festival, The Rotterdam Film Festival, The Seoul Media City Biennial, Ars Electronica, Creative Time, The Kitchen, The Walker Art Center, The National Museum for Women in the Arts, and Eyebeam, and other venues. She has been a NYFA Fellow, a Rockefeller New Media Fellow, and a Creative Capital grantee. Zurkow is on faculty at NYU’s Interactive Technology Program (ITP), and lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is represented by Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York.  http://www.o-matic.com

June 7, 2010 Posted Under: Featured, Uncategorized   Read More

Laura Rich

Laura Rich

JWhy did you first get online?
Originally? We had an Apple IIe at home in the early 1980s.
Otherwise, 1993, AOL and Panix.

When did you first get involved with digital and why?
I took over a column at Inside Media, where I was a reporter, covering the digital doings of advertisers, from CD-ROMs to the new websites they were launching.

How would you describe your work and professional interests in the 1990’s (or 80’s etc).
I was a journalist focused on the interactive business of media and advertisers/agencies.

What do you think the future will hold internet/digital?
In other words, what is Web 4.0, 5.0, etc.? I’m excited about the augmented reality stuff we’re starting to see and think that Internet/digital will increasingly meld into our lives in intuitive, instinctual ways.

June 7, 2010 Posted Under: Featured, Uncategorized   Read More

Suzanne Romanick Lainson

Suzanne Romanick Lainson

When did you first get involved with digital?
First online in 1993.

Why did you first get online?
I was getting my masters degree in Integrated Marketing Communications at the University of Colorado/Boulder. One of the electives was a class being taught at the Apple Media Research Lab, which was in Boulder. We were required to get modems and get online for the class. We met in person, but we were also required to exchange ideas online too. We were given an account through Apple’s OneNet, so unlike many people of the day, we were able to be online as much as we wanted without paying by the hour.

How would you describe your work and professional interests in the 1990’s (or 80’s etc).
At Apple we were talking about the future of newspapers in the Internet age. Mosaic was too new to have been adopted, so what we were playing around with was crude by today’s standards. Apple was using OneNet, a system of BBSs (bulletin board systems) around the world, that were linked together. So that was what we were using to test our ideas. We were talking about the three elements of online newspapers (the users, the news community, and the advertisers) and how to serve them all. I started doing a series of posts on marketing, and I think I may have created the first newsletter about online marketing. In 1994 Apple held the “Ties that Bind” conference in Cupertino about online communities. I attended that. Everyone around the country who was heavily involved in online communication and creating local online communities was there. Boulder, being one of the early online communities, was represented by several people working on projects (e.g. Boulder Community Network). Also in 1994 I worked part time for Apple as a content provider for OneNet. I’d post info/links and see if I could encourage discussions from users. Another early community that I participated in was Steve Outing’s mailing list, “Online News.” While some people think the news community ignored the Internet, that wasn’t true. People were experimenting with ideas as far back 1994-95.

What do you think the future will hold internet/digital?
What I have been interested in is the democratization of creativity and also participatory projects (e.g. crowdsourcing). There are so many digital tools that allow average people to do photography, music, video, etc. and share it with the world. It’s upsetting traditional economics of the arts and creativity, but on the other hand, these tools and connectivity are allow far more people to feel creative.

June 6, 2010 Posted Under: Featured, Uncategorized   Read More

Courtney Pulitzer

Courtney Pulitzer

Why did you first get online?

I got online because I had to! My boss at the time, David Boorstin, went to a conference at the AIGA and came back the next day saying, “We’ve got to get online! We need a website! We need to get Netscape!” I was his only employee so it was up to me to learn how to do this, and then execute it. I learned how to get online and create a website and was hooked from the first bleeping, screeching modem call.

When did you first get involved with digital and why?

I got online, and involved with digital, in the Fall of 1993. I got involved because my job required me to do so, but I fell in love with the online community and the possibilities of what one could do online so I began to get involved “extra-curricularly” and eventually moved on to having my own business.

How would you describe your work and professional interests in the 1990’s (or 80’s etc).

First I was a website designer (graphics and HTML), then I was a writer for websites, then I did PR for emerging technology companies, then I had my own business. My business was an online and emailed newsletter and website titled “Courtney Pulitzer’s Cyber Scene” and monthly networking cocktail parties titled “Cocktails with Courtney.” I organized events for my business and for new media associations in New York, and in major cities nationally and internationally.

What do you think the future will hold?

A more integrated networked “online” experience for everyone. We won’t be going to computers to access information or to create. The devices will be more integrated into our lives. This is already happening. It will just continue. I hope for a world where all the schools and low-income communities will have the same access, where accessing information isn’t just a “Western” luxury.

May 25, 2010 Posted Under: Featured, Tery Spataro, Uncategorized   Read More

The Reasons – Tery Spataro

The Reasons – Tery Spataro

I have so many reasons for wanting to make this project come to life. First let me tell you a bit about my own story. I got involved with digital back in 1986. I was a struggling traditional graphic designer. My friend, Caroline Kavanagh showed me how to use a Mac in exchange for teaching her how to spec type the traditional way. I have to admit that learning how to use a Mac was love at first byte. I quickly became good at it.

Caroline’s tutoring helped me land my first computer animation job in 1989. Caroline went on to become one of the US top graphic designers. BTW Nextwave Productions was a startup I was first of four a partnership between Ingrid Newmann and Tim Mueller.

This was first time I got online. I also got into a lot of trouble for dialing up the W’ELL [bbs]  from NYC. I would be on the W’ELL for hours from work not even realizing how much it was really costing the company I just started working for. Until they discovered and asked me to find a local bbs. See they were pleased with my exploration but not at the cost. I discovered ECHO. There Stacy Horn taught me how to navigate using unix commands. On ECHO I learned how deal with my shyness because behind a computer screen no one really knows who your. I enjoyed ECHO for 10 years.

In 1994, I designed my first page with the help of some of guys on ECHO: Howard Greenstein, Jason Anthony Guy, and Josh Masur. Howard informed me of WWWAC formation. It was 12 of us 8 guys and 4 of us women sitting at the table talking about this internet thing. Back then we shared so much.

Being  involved with digital and internet entrepreneurs, having access to in the beginning to people like Stacy Horn and having helpful advice from peers lead me to get involved with several digital startups – some I founded some I was and am talent. Corporate life taught me a few things about business too. My process was fragmented and that’s why what we are doing with Women’s Internet History Project will provide so much with less fragmented history.

The Women’s Internet History Project is about our stories; about the women who helped establish beginnings to this industry. And this project will also help influence and shape the next generation of women who helped to create a purpose and usage of the internet. This project pays homage to us.

May 23, 2010 Posted Under: Featured, Tery Spataro, Uncategorized   Read More

Platform Design

Platform Design

The platform will be relational database with a web site interface. The platform will display bios and contributions and historical timeline. It will also overlap current events, women’s history and internet history from 1980-1999 onto the biographies. The behavior and structure of the database is demonstrated in this illustration:

May 18, 2010 Posted Under: Featured, Tery Spataro, Uncategorized   Read More

Inception

Inception

The inception of the project began as a problem solving exercise on digital memorials between Aliza Sherman and Tery Spataro. As the conceptualization progressed, both recognized an issue with lack of historical acknowledgement and recognition of women who were responsible for creating purpose and usage of the internet. The solution was a process to leveraging the strength in technology to build a viable means for the stories of those women involved in the purpose and usage of the Internet and digital. Realizing the project needed format for story telling, Aliza brought Jen Myronuk into our discussions. Jen’s experience in documenting stories brings to the project a structure and organization to information and story telling.

The strength of producing WIHP lies in the experience, skills and talents provided by WIHP founders. This team has a combination of operations, financial oversight, marketing, documentary film making, and community cultivation.

May 16, 2010 Posted Under: Featured, Uncategorized   Read More