Schedule of Events
Media Revolution Campaign
"DIGITAL BE-IN 12"
CELEBRATES THE MEDIA REVOLUTION
Luminaries explore possibilities for global change
through new media tools at annual cyberculture
January 7, 2002 (San Francisco)
-- With a theme of "Media rEvolution,"
the 12th Digital Be-In will open its doors at 7 pm on January 12,
2002, at StudioZ.tv, 314 11th Street in
San Francisco, during the MacWorld Expo. Considered the original "cyberculture"
event, the Digital Be-In is a party, a forum for new ideas, an exhibition,
a concert, and a live netcast. Although the event morphs with the
times and assumes a different theme each year, it consistently serves
as a bellwether for creative and humanistic applications of digital
Experts in independent media, education, and communities will share
their views on the state of new media and explore possibilities for
global social evolution through technology during a roundtable discussion
starting at 8 pm. Audience participation is encouraged with exhibits
in the Media Frontier exhibition and networking salon. A broad range
of speakers will be addressing the theme with examples of alternative
media resources and new developments toward a decentralized, "many
to many" media system that began to emerge with the early Internet
in the late 1990s.
Panel, Media Revolution Roundtable Discussion, and Visionary Speakers
Addressing the needs of the unemployed, this year’s event features
a hands-on Jobs
Panel at 7 pm, with Craig
Newmark of Craigslist.org;
and Andreas Ramos
of the National
Writers’ Union and Sean Ahern of the Center
for Electronic Art. Ahearn plans to offer job interviews for openings
at the Center for Electronic Art, and other panelists will provide
practical advice for getting jobs in high-tech and related fields.
The roundtable discussion at 8 pm features Jeff Perlstein, Director of Media
Blades of MoveOn.org;
Radio broadcaster and founder of News
We Can Use; Danny
Sheehan, social justice attorney, and Malcolm CasSelle,
co-founder of NetNoir.
The event is emceed by
The roster of distinguished speakers includes Shari
Steele, Executive Director of the Electronic
Frontier Foundation; Lawrence Hagerty, author of Spirit
of the Internet, R.U.
Sirius of The Thresher
magazine, and Bruce Brugman, founder and
publisher of the SF
Live Music, Kesey Tribute, Peace
Live music will be performed
IV. Human Be-In organizer/San Francisco Oracle publisher and poet
Allen Cohen will
perform spoken word pieces
accompanied by pianist George
Michalski followed by dance troupe EarthTroupe.
A special tribute to Ken Kesey, including
a recent video of Kesey titled "Down by the River" will be presented
by Gerald Nicosia, Roseanna Lourdeaux and
Allen Cohen. Daniela
Haskara and the Dancers of the Wings will provide a theatric segue
into the evening’s Peace Dance, featuring some of the Bay Area’s top
DJs including Ms.
elSayed, Dov, Goz,
and Tom. As in the past, the Be-In will also showcase immersive projections
by leading "VJs", including Arcane,
Dr. Spook, TinaZ,
Luna and Technoir, with laser show by Patrick Flanagan’s
Exhibits include sponsor tables,
Theater produced by Virtual
World Studios combining live action with virtual characters using
Atmospheres virtual world software and other advanced applications,
and a Video Screening Theater presented by Video
Activism Network (a project of Whispered
Media and SF
Independent Media Center).
Digital Be-In 12 is sponsored by MacWorld
Octave Music, A&R
for Electronic Art, Sharp
Software, and Bay
Area Business Woman, with support from Anon
Francisco Bay Guardian, Zama
Online Designs, Transcendigital,
Writers Union, Whispered
Independent Media Center, and a host of volunteers.
History of the Digital Be-In
Produced by Verbum -- new media publishers based in San Francisco
-- the Digital Be-In began in the late 1980s as a party for the former Verbum magazine held during Macworld Expo.
The celebrated event became a magnet for artists and programmers pioneering
in desktop publishing and multimedia in the early 1990s. Named for
the Human Be-In -- the original counterculture event held in 1967
in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park -- the Digital Be-In’s
connection to its namesake became more tangible with the involvement
of Human Be-In organizers Allen Cohen, Chet Helms, and Timothy Leary
as well as early proponents for democratic new-media systems, such
as John Perry Barlow, Brenda Laurel, Paul Brainerd, and Ted Nelson.
The 11th Digital Be-In hosted Ken Kesey’s last visit to San Francisco, featuring the day-glo bus and a band of Merry Pranksters -- on the road, and
A live netcast of the event will
be provided by online music and culture channel Radio-V.com.
Streaming video, as well as ongoing reports from a team of netcast
reporters, will be posted to the Be-In
site throughout the evening.
Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door, available online
or from Ceiba Records at 463 Haight
Street (415-437-9598). A variety of food and beverages will be available.
For more information on this year's event and previous Digital Be-Ins,
Send inquiries via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sylvia Paull, Director of Publicity
telephone: (510) 547-1116
telephone: (415) 865-0481