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Posted by Peter H. Rosen on July 19, 1999 at 18:06:46:
V.A.R.I.O.U.S. Media Ink - SUMMER 1999
The occaisional newsletter of
Visionary Artists Resources Including Other Unique Services
Dear Atsuo and V.A.R.I.O.U.S. Members,
I greatly appreciate your wanting to promote mywork with V.A.R.I.O.U.S. in your upcoming book. Your few short questions have turned into my rather personal reflections on a 19 year effort to bring something beautiful into the world; to make it a better place. Therefore I have taken the liberty to copy this message to our V.A.R.I.O.U.S. list, and to those interested in Creativity Cafe, art and technology. I have been in the throws of changes since last year's SIGGRAPH exposure and expansive yet crushing experience at Children's Interactive Expo that followed; becoming the "straw that broke the camels back..." temoprarily. I have revealed below the essence of my work and portends for the future of our envisioned artists resource center; whom so many over the years have helped to shape. Thanks to all of you... you know who you are! Please read on everyone!
Atsuo Shiga writes:
>How are you doing?! Hope you are well, tending the garden of plenty.
Plenty busy unpacking and recovering from 19 years of passionate production of projects for and by the people. I am "taking some time off" to do my SpiritBody Process photography and to work on an album of my music--long overdue. I need to heal from the consuming dedication of my V.A.R.I.O.U.S. years before starting up again.
>Mana and I are busy tending our 5acre garden, we planted water melon, pumpkins,
>tomatoes, a lots of sweet potatoes and many other legal herbs and flowers. We have
>a great summer weather here in Oshima island (a lots of mosquitoe bites too!).
Sounds like a perfect life of love... I am happy for you. That's some large garden! :-)
FYI: Mana and Atsuo visited me in SF and introduced me to the fact they are very kindred spirits on a sister island. You can visit their site linked to Creativity Cafe in the KidCast Gallery.
>Thank you for your article, I am almost finish writing my book and have a question
>about the current status of the CCAFE.
>a) Is it in operation?( if yes who is hosting/maintaining? what kind of capacity the
>site uses( nomal time and C-U-See-me video conference event time)? Database bites
You're welcome! Creativity Cafe is being graciously hosted by Mindspring Enterprises. They came to our assistance when the CEO of our previous cyberhost and ISP sponsor changed. I do all the design and maintainance of the web site, and production of the physical events of which there have been approx. 90 since the first V.A.R.I.O.U.S. Media Ink Artists Showcase and Network event on August 11, 1980! The site is about 35 MB. Traffic increases fourfold during the KidCast. We receive about 1,000 hits daily. During the KidCast last April, we received approximately 600 hits PER HOUR!
Creativity Cafe is and has always been INTENDED as a physical high tech, community club house for the lay person wanting to grow and grok life and earth/technology changes, as well as a "living gallery" and marketing mechanism for the creative spirit. The venue will be a model for others like it. Perhaps a model for a new kind of shopping mall....a place to feed your spirit (And make lots of money from that, rather than empty your pocketbook for stuff you don't *really* need) in an ever increasingly ruthless, fearful and selfish world (or so it appears). No investment has yet been found to build Creativity Cafe in physical reality. Therefore, cyberspace is where it exists. Whenever possible we ground the vision with kindred spirits from the local community and from cyberspace.
I am in personal transition and regrouping. Since we have the supercomputer here on Maui, and the new Kihei High School is being planned, I feel that somehow Maui could be a good location to set Creativity Cafe's first home. It will become a model for other community venue/broadcast and communication centers. A model in physicality and a model originating edutainment "programming" and "content" so desperately needed to uplevel life on a planet who's denizens are in severe need of a harmonizing force. Send your Japanese investors to me when they visit :-) ! I feel much better doing business in an aloha shirt. ;-)
The"KidCast For Peace; Solutions For a Better World" broadcast on April 22, 1999, was the last unfunded one (#8) I will produce. The future of the project remains to be seen? I am pulling way back for a bit for medical reasons (and to protect my sanity). I don't plan any physical or cyberspace events for several months. V.A.R.I.O.U.S. as a "formal" organization reached its peak in 1983 when 65 of our members built and maintained for four days, the first physical "Creativity Cafe" at FutureWorld Expo 1983. Since then, we are more of a loose knit association; with various teams coming together when needed. When the team forms again, we shall evolve towards physicality with much vigor, until then... I am being selfish and developing my personal art.
I am and will however, always be available for instigating interactive community events and consulting on interactive entertainment teams; especially those that bridge physical and cyberspace realities. Should you know of anyone who might have use for my skills, I would be greatly appreciative of referrals. No database of V.A.R.I.O.U.S. members exists, other than the hand kept email list of about 500. Over the 19 years so far of this project, there have been a vast number of souls who helped shape and/or produce our endeavous and their physical demonstrations. These are the true members of V.A.R.I.O.U.S.. I keep careful records of these folks names. When we get physical, they will all get benefits of membership (although why wait for physicality?) and be granted founding member status with associated privilidges.
I have built KidCast to be viable on a three time a year production schedual. I would jump back into production in a moment with funding and a paid production team, just as I would for the successful integrative event (V.A.R.I.O.U.S. Media Ink) that was the first device to enable market research on our V.A.R.I.O.U.S. concepts, and to attract those interested in building the Artists Resource Center, or Creativity Cafe as it is now called. I will resume production of the V.A.R.I.O.U.S. Media Ink Artists Showcase and Network events in the fall. These VMI shows (IMHO), are the best backbone program to instigate community interaction and mutual support, to provide inspiration and to serve as a platform for me to speak about the vision of V.A.R.I.O.U.S..
>b) What functions are active now
Things are geling GLOBALLY. Reminds me of Lewis Caroll's Lobster Quadrille from Alice. As the dance of unfoldment continues, our email list keeps growing. We have developed many relationships with, and links to other evolutionaries: http://creativity.net/cclinks.html#evolution.
Live interactive spaces include the guest book and community forum. V.A.R.I.O.U.S. Media Ink; the occaisional ezine (like this) of V.A.R.I.O.U.S., Visionary Artists Resources Including Other Unique Services will continue. We currently provide consulting services for those on the path of interactive audience development and educational entertainment. We are always facilitating connections for people in the spirit of pronoia: http://creativity.net/pronoia.html.
We are seeking co-developers for CREATIVITY.COM; what we project as a financial backbone of the Creativity Cafe Network. INTERESTING SYNCHRONICITY: The day our lawyer gave us news our Creativity Cafe trademark was protected from infringement from SEYBOLD expo, an email arrived offering free transfer to me of the domain CREATIVITY.COM. Talk about the gods smiling favorably! :-)
>c) Is activities likeinternational Kidclub's chat room(IRC text chat) active?
>d) What is IRC?
IRC is a popular chat system. We have never found anyone willing to moderate/host/promote that aspect of the KidCast project. The donated chat rooms remain idle. We have been donated web space to specifically support KidCast For Peace, from Global SchoolNet Foundation. They have graciously participated in our project from the beginning: http://www.gsn.org/scripts/samples/search/gsh.idq?CiMaxRecordsPerPage=10&CiScope=%2F&TemplateName=gsh&CiSort=rank%5Bd%5D&HTMLQueryForm=%2Fsearch%2Findex.html&SearchOn=Creativity+Cafe
and their donated KidCast site (through KOZ.com) is in need of development:
>What do I need to do to use some graphics from your CCafe home page(i.e. your
>portrait, Kid's Central Logo etc.)?
You my use any graphics you wish. Please let me know which you wish to use in advance, and credit the artist: Peter H. Rosen ;-)
>I will be introducing the URL address for CCafe in my book. Do you have any other
>points to be concidered?
Please promote the idea of "cyber cafe's, cybertheaters and art centers becoming healing nodes of light and sound, and potential broadcast "lenses" of any given community's voice and heart. Creativity Cafe is designed to demonstrate optimum interfacing with a communities needs and "problem solving" creative talents, and to originate solutions to community, personal and planetary problems though artists using technology for humanity. Please include a call for interested investors and partners to contact me at:
Peter H. Rosen
140 Uwapo Rd.,#49-204
Kihei HI 96753
I am glad to have been chosen to bring this work into existance. I await the next sign from a higher source to signal me that it's time once again, to beam the Creativity Cafe ray, an evolving lifetime adventure for me as we dance together on the edge of time.
Aloha, and take care my friends.
In Service, Love and Light,
>"V.A.R.I.O.U.S. Media" wrote:
>> Hey Atsuo,
>> Thanks for thinking of me and my work for inclusion in your first book.
>> Please review and revise as you see fit.
>> At 2:55 AM 6/12/99, Atsuo Shiga wrote:
>> >I am introducing the project from the point of a) Inter-operability, b)
>> >Inter-connectivity and c) Interactivity. Could you give me a comment
>> >about your
>> >site interms of those 3 categories?
>> Here is my response to your request. I hope is is what you are seeking from
>> me? Please feel free to make suggestons and/or edit to suit your purpose.
>> Thanks again for this opportunity, dear friend.
>> ============== for publication with permission to Atsuo Shiga ONLY. Copyright 1999
>> A) My work in founding Visionary Artists Resources Including Other Unique
>> Services involves creation of an artists resource center now called
>> Creativity Cafe$B%g(B. While Creativity Cafe descriptions and programming occurs
>> mostly on the internet (because it's cheaper to build there until funding
>> is found for grounding the vision). We do frequently touch down in physical
>> reality to demonstrate different aspects of this projected physical
>> meeting, education, entertainment and marketing venue that feeds the
>> creative spirit in all of us. I envision a multipurpose building that once
>> a model is constructed in a major mecca, can be reproduced in various
>> "adjusted" configurations to serve denizens of any metropolitan city or
>> rural location. These nodes will connect via the Net and other Long
>> Distance Education technologies for community enhancement programming. The
>> programming in a Creativity Cafe venue or affiliate will be flexible enough
>> to acheive the following for any indigenous culture:
>> 1- Provide a nuturing space and marketing outlet for the Creative Spirit
>> 2- Enable the use of state of the art technology for education and entertainment
>> 3- Handholding the lay public in friendly "get aquainted" sessions where
>> the club's technology can be demonstrated to be of service to each
>> individuals personal life path and agenda.
>> 4- Provide income streams that will feed the venue, its staff and the
>> creative content producers on an ongoing basis for self sufficency.
>> 5-Provide a community communications center that will evolve with the
>> community's culture, needs and the technology explosion.
>> 6- An environment where artists use technology for healing, personal
>> evolution and solving local and planetary problems.
>> 7- Originating and publishing programming that can be licensed to similar
>> venues and schools, and offered as data streams on the Internet (with
>> royalty payments to all involved in production, promotion and
>> Creativity Cafe; a "New School For the Next Millennium" will make learning
>> fun. The "entertainment" will be conjoured and produced by a blend of
>> artists, educators, and students. Local pre-millennium learning
>> institutions will avail themselves of opportunities to take field trips to
>> experience state of the art telecommuncation technologies in the Distance
>> Education Center (called the EarthStation). It is this aspect of Creativity
>> Cafe that will interconnect local audiences with each other and local
>> artists in the physical space-- while at the same time, allowing global
>> interaction accross boundaries of time and distance featuring large screen
>> video conferencing (connecting many similar "broadcast" nodes on the net),
>> holographic displays, and surround sound in a multimedia theater.
>> All resources and environments in the club will be interconnected as
>> potential points of broadcast origin for "content" distribution and
>> training. Smart cards will be used exclusively for payment and schedualing.
>> Members swipe their card upon first entering to access the clubs computer
>> system. Their personally configured system will deliver the following data:
>> Value remaining on card, Messages waiting, Appointments, Feedback (to
>> creative spirits) from club denizens responding to innovative marketing,
>> Job offers, Result of database queries, Club activities of personal
>> interest, alerts that people presently in the facility are trying to make
>> contact, collaborative work environments, digital storytelling lab
>> availablility, etc. Card swipers will be everywhere so "money" will be used
>> at only one secured station in the facility...thereby reducing security
>> needs and facilitating optimal experience design, demographic and market
>> research data collection.
>> Breaking boundaries is where Creativity Cafe has innovated. Since 1980, we
>> have demonstrated programming that dissolves boundaries between people,
>> borderlines and time zones. One such program is the "V.A.R.I.O.U.S. Media
>> Ink Artists Showcase and Network" event, produced to support the creative
>> spirit in everyone. This ongoing program gives audiences a way to explore
>> various art forms and interact with artists and each other. People discover
>> both the creative process from many difference points of view, as well as
>> insights and inspiration to unlock their own creative powers.
>> Creativity Cafe's interactive environment is designed to facilitate
>> personal discovery through one-on-one interaction of audience members,
>> one-to-many interaction with a facilitator/edutainment leader/artist, and
>> lastly through many-to-many interactions using group games in the physical
>> space and through use of cyberspace. V.A.R.I.O.U.S. was founded by Artists
>> Using Technology For Humanity.
>> We have produced the ongoing "KidCast For Peace; Solutions For A Better
>> World" multicast videoconferences to stimulate creative thinking amongst
>> children and to heal our world. I invented this interactive game for the
>> Creativity Cafe installation at the 1995 Children's World Peace Festival in
>> San Francisco. Children are asked to tell the adults what to do for a
>> change. KidCast for Peace(TM) requests teachers all over the world have
>> conversations with their students about conflict resolution, seeing from
>> another's point of view, personal and planetary ecology, self-esteem and
>> Peace. The kids make art descrbing their thoughts on these subjects, then
>> build web sites with their art and tell their stories/suggestions in
>> periodic live interactions with their peers and the public at large via the
>> Kids also use sonic Internet interactivies such as the "Natural Musical
>> Instrument Jam." Each student in the network gets to conduct the "Global
>> Orchestra" who have preconstructed instruments made from found materials.
>> This allows for non-language based interaction to overcome language and
>> cultural barriers, foster self-esteem, and build bridges to peace. The
>> solutions the kids come up with are featured in our "Gallery of Solutions"
>> and on the VRML EartStation, currently "circling" cyberspace. KidCast for
>> Peace received the 1998 SIG/TEL Online Line LEarning award, and was a
>> featured project at SIGGRAPH'98.
>> Creativity Cafe is a networking resource center for the whole community.
>> Once the physical plant is constructed, CC will enable the techno
>> illiterate, technophobic, and curious to be personnaly guided by Creativity
>> Cafe Tour Guide/Counslers to specific resources and facilities in the club
>> that would most benefit a persons personal path. Artists will have access
>> to and instruction in using digital storytelling tools for interactive
>> display of their creations and concepts; regardless of the level of their
>> technical prowess. Creativity Cafe's multimedia theatre will connect to
>> others like it, and foster melting of the traditional line between artist
>> and audience...in fun and interactive ways. Our presentations are designed
>> to empower, entertain, and enlighten in these dynamic days of change. The
>> community at large will interact across time and space to devise and
>> produce these experiential entertainments, work and playshops, and are
>> already offering the world a new paradigm for healing and
>> interconnectedness in mutually supportive ways...ways that are FUN! We are
>> creating Adventures in Evolutionary Edutainment.
>> All rights reserved, DO NOT DISTRIBUTE
>> copyright June 1999 by
>> Peter H. Rosen
>> V.A.R.I.O.U.S. Media
>> 140 Uwapo Rd., #49-204
>> Kihei HI 96753
>> 808 875-4747
>> Peter H. Rosen
>> Founder: Visionary Artists' Resources Including Other Unique Services
>> Creativity Cafe; http://creativity.net * 415.776.0821 (VOX/FAX)
>> Artists Facilitating Creative Expression Using Technology For Humanity...
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