Oliver Hockenhull: Media Workshops

The following text is taken from Front Magazine, vol. VII, no. 3, p. 8, January/February 1996:

Workshop I – Thursday, January 11

The Internet: World Wide Web, Telnet, News, E-mail, FTP, etc.

This workshop is a basic introduction to the Cybersea designed specifically for artists, creative writers, and curators. The machinery of the Net will be discussed and some some of the possibilities pointed out for collaborations, creation, and exhibition. The workshop will have a rhetorical bend to it – to inspire artists and designers to take on the responsibility of discovering and developing the inherent formal possibilities, contradictions and promises of interactive art and telecommunications.

Workshop II – Monday, January 15

HyperText: Cognition Ergonomics & The Allusion of Information

An introduction to the usefulness and limitations of hypertext. We will explore the conceptual framework from which developments in the field of hypertext have historically and are presently occurring, examining software tools and visiting exemplary World Wide Web sites. Furthermore, the workshop will give participants the occasion to become knowledgable of the more exotic developments in computer writing environments and the opportunities that they hold for the future of prose, drama, poetry, and innovative literary creations.

Oliver Hockenhull, communication designer/theorist and award wining filmmaker, has completed two feature length works (Determinations and Entre La Langue Et L’Ocean) as well as numerous shorts. Oliver has been deeply involved in the study, theory, and application of new media technologies and has written hypertext for the World Wide Web and for CD-ROM. He is presently curating and co-editing a new Web site on the cultural promises of digital art and aesthetics.