Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2000 18:28:14 -0500
From: Bruce Sterling <>
To: Viridian List <>
Subject: Viridian Note 00167: Doors of Perception


Key concepts
Doors of Perception #6, Amsterdam, digital design, cool junkets to Europe, John Thackara

Attention Conservation Notice: It's forwarded propaganda from some event in Europe that the Viridian Pope-Emperor plans to attend.

Links: Greenpeace and Adbusters join forces to sarcastically embarrass Coca-Cola Corp. on the Greenhouse issue: Unease-provoking military-couture design:

Source News from Doors of Perception

WHO IS THE BUCKMINSTER FULLER OF THE INTERNET? Doors of Perception 6 on 'lightness' 11,12,13 November 2000

Registration has opened for Doors of Perception 6, the international conference that sets design agendas for the internet. The theme this year is lightness.

Buckminster Fuller investigated 'ephemeralisation' in the 1930s == the design approach of doing more, using less matter.

Who, in an age of obese software, and energy-guzzling industrial systems, is Bucky Fuller's equal as an innovator today? Your suggestions are welcome (see below). Speakers already confirmed for November are:

MALCOM MCCULLOUGH, the author of Abstracting Craft; he will contrast 'anytime/anyplace' communications with design for location awareness.

WINY MAAS, of MVRDV, the architect of the Dutch pavilion at Expo2000, and author of Far_max:excursions on density.

ADRIAAN BEUKERS,the author of Lightness; he will explore the way biomimicry and the synergy of multiple materials makes lightness work.

MAYA DRAISIN and TIFFANY SHLAIN, who organise the Webbys, the 'Oscars of the internet', will review the best of this year's Webby winners.

HANI RASHID, principal of Asymptote in New York, will explore, with stunning examples, how hybrid real and virtual spaces are co-evolving.

ALEXANDER ROSE, director of The Long Now Foundation, will talk about the Rosetta Disk project == a melding of digital tools for analog storage.

ENG LOCK LEE, of SuperSymmetry Services, in Singapore, is "the world's master of the new design mentality in fluid handling" (Paul Hawken).

SUGATA MITRA, from the Centre for Cognitive Systems in Bombay, will describe what illiterate street children do with internet access.

BRUCE STERLING, the writer and critic, is also leader of the Viridians == an online discussion community that connects 'eco' and 'info'.

MICHAEL DOUGLAS, an Australian designer, has spent three years developing 'Tramjatra', a project to do with Calcutta, trams, and lightness.

IVO JANSSEN, the pianist who wowed Doors 4 on 'speed.' will explore lightness through the music of Dutch composer SIMEON TEN HOLT.

Also included in a Doors 6 ticket: un-filled time!You are the content, too. Doors of Perception does not run on internet time.

IF YOU KNOW who the next Bucky Fuller of the internet is, mail

BEYOND THE SCREEN AND BEYOND THAT This new event is a 'bazaar' of new concepts by graduate design schools and new media centres from the US, Europe and South Asia. It runs next to Doors on 12 and 13 November. 48 stands are grouped in themes: 'beyond the screen','fun and games','connected community'.

E-cult Affair is organised by Virtual Platform == a club of Holland's eight buzziest new media organisations (including Doors). No url as yet.

Doors of Perception 6 dates : 11,12,13 November 2000 Pleae note: one day later than previously announced Place: Amsterdam. Location: RAI Conference Centre Register now at

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