The world of devices that screen flows - of light or sound, of water or information - their attraction, their impact, their strengths & vulnerabilities

NETS Project Coordinators

Valerie Kirk
Annie Trevillian
Sharon Peoples


Up to 100 participating artists/students can dialogue here about Nets - with their posts and comments - by joining Netwurks.

A post doesn't need to be too polished in the first instance. It is a simple matter to return to radically edit it later if desired.

It is a simple process to add images and videos, however, to avoid clogging the blog, an accessible image gallery can also be maintained on a personal website, the link to which can be included in a relevant post.

Ongoing help
with using Netwurks can be provided. Difficulties encountered and general queries can be posted to the blog.


The function of any net is to separate defined items of interest from a specific flow. They are intrinsically mysterious.

Is the function of a facial veil to screen out or to invite the external gaze?

Blinds and net curtains are covert street surveillance systems, sometimes revealing pretty images, other times odd behaviour. If insiders leave the light on, they are exposed and the outsider hidden from view.

When do those nets that are being strung across the flows of cyberspace - the 'firewalls' - change over from being defensive (stopping 'incoming') to being aggressive? How can the misdeeds of their creators be detected by the outsider?

Nets of lies and half-truths are woven
over events, winding up as 'history'. Before becoming spoken words, means of expression are continually modified by a host of personal and institutional restraints.

Micro-nets block contagions. Fishing nets haul in 'by-catch'
(marine 'collateral damage') with their targeted prey. Good nets, bad nets?

August 2, 2009

Turku 2011 logo

Last Thursday, 30 July, I went in to ANU to meet Dr Megan Poore, Educational Designer, at Arts and Social Sciences, to get her guidance on exporting Netwurks to Wordpress. That is where the blog can now be found ( I will try to sort out invitations to join, for all those on the Netwurks participant list. Farewell

Wordpress is ANU's adopted blogging service. Comparative reviews and descriptions of Wordpress features can be found at 'Top Ten Reviews'.

"This blog service is fitting for amateur and prolific bloggers alike and is so uncomplicated to use that it easily earns our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award."

The date for a follow-up workshop is being considered. The core objectives would be to get those interested actually started on their own blogs or websites, to develop individual project ideas and to discuss the eventual setting for all proposed works, as part of the festival of Turku 2011 - that year's 'European Capital of Culture' - with its web-based thematic element. I hope we might get some better idea of how we are going to be included - without going unnoticed among the 'total of 150-200 projects and numerous individual events'.

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