Editor in Chief: Anne-Marie Boisvert

Contributors: Patrick Ellis, David 'jhave' Johnston, Xavier Malbreil, Michael Mandiberg, Cécile Petit, Louise Poissant, Naomi Spellman

Translation: Anne-Marie Boisvert, Ron Ross

Graphic Design / Webmaster: Anne-Marie Boisvert

Acknowledgements: Thanks to David 'jhave' Johnston for the Flash design for the video interview.

Anne-Marie Boisvert

Anne-Marie Boisvert completed a Bachelor's degree and pursued graduate studies in French literature (with a concentration in textual theory and Lacanian psychoanalysis) at Université de Montréal. She holds a Master's degree and has pursued doctoral studies in the analytic philosophy of language and exact sciences at Université de Montréal. She worked as a research and teaching assistant in Université de Montréal's philosophy department and has taught philosophy at Collège de Maisonneuve.

Since October 2001, Anne-Marie Boisvert is the Editor in Chief of the CIAC's Electronic Magazine. In 2002 and 2004, she was the Web Art Curator at the Biennale de Montréal. She has published many papers on web art and hypertextuality.


  • "Create/Destroy", in CIAC's Electronic Magazine, no 10, March 2000.
  • "Littérature électronique et hypertexte" ("Electronic Literature and Hypertext"), in Revue des Ressources (France), December 2000, et in CIAC's Electronic Magazine, no 9, December 1999.
  • "Cybertext", in CIAC's Electronic Magazine, no 13, July 2001.
  • "Giselle Beiguelman. Das Buch nach dem Buch, 1999-2000", in IM BUCHSTABENFELD. die zukunft der literatur, Peter Weibel, ed., neue galerie graz, 2001, pp: p.71-76.
  • "CHANCE AND NECESSITY: About Sound-Based Web Works", in CIAC's Electronic Magazine, no 15, Summer 2002.
  • "Esquisse d'une poétique de la littérature numérique", in Hypertextes. Espaces virtuels de lecture et d'écriture, sous la direction de Christian Vandendorpe et Denis Bachand, 2002.
    Éditions Nota bene, Collection Littérature(s), 2002, pp: 139-157.
  • "On Bricolage. Assembling Culture with Whatever Comes to Hand",
    in HorizonZero 08: Remix: generate / regenerate / transform,
    Banff New Media Institute, April/May 2003.
  • "Le poème, de la page à l'écran : interprétation, illustration, adaptation", in Les Navigations technologiques, Richard Barbeau et Ollivier Dyens, eds. VLB (Fall 2004).
  • "The Text at Play", in CIAC's Electronic Magazine, no 17, Fall 2003.
  • "Webmonsters", in CIAC's Electronic Magazine, no 18, Winter 2004.  

Patrick Ellis

Lives and walks in Toronto.
Most recently he has been writing book reviews for Offscreen.

Publications :

  • "Sure Seaters: The Emergence of Art House Cinema", in Offscreen, décembre 2004.
  • "The Vampire Lectures", in Offscreen, juin 2004.
  • "Lost in the Dark: The Elusive Film Noir", in Offscreen, mai 2004.
  • "The Cinematic Legacy of Baron Munchausen", in Offscreen, septembre 2003.
  • "Debauchery! Dreams of a Rarebit Munchausen", in Offscreen, septembre 2003.  

David 'jhave' Johnston

David 'jhave' Johnston is a multimedia-poet currently living in Montreal. Among other artistic activities, he has exhibited site-specific installations with the Symbiosis Collective, written and directed multi-media theatre with the Collective Unconscious Collective, recorded spoken-word electronica for the now-defunct underground ZOI label, contributed to a CD-ROM project entitled Navigations technologiques, modified video for the Transmedia2002 festival, completed a music video for Brian Sanderson, worked as research assistant for Obx Active-Text project, and spoken sporadically at conferences on webart.

He graduated in the spring of 2004 with distinction from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Computer Science, minor in Digital Image and Sound.

Before devoting himself completely to digital creation in 1998, jhave finished a six-year exploratory-font project of handwritten mixed-media which was entitled Book. The web project NomadLingo, a year long exploration of digitally-generated mobile-text work, was created from April1/2000 to April 1/2001 and exhibited as monthly installments at

He has been involved in numerous collaborative and solo digital and in-situ art practises (working with among others: Champ Libre, [SAT], Bioteknica,, Ollivier Dyens, ActiveText, Symbiosis, Zoi...). His work has been exhibited at two new media Biennales: the Biennale de Montréal 2002 & Toronto '04.

Recent webworks: Inter-face (september 2003) can be seen at Turbulence;
Video in a cab: teletaxi, 2003;
Flaws, 2003 (see the review by the artist himself in CIAC's Electronic Magazine no 18, Winter 2004);
Etay, 2005 (see the commentary by Xavier Malbreil in this issue).


  • "On the Materiality of Meaning. Mobile Text & the New Paradigms of Virtual Literature", in Year01, 2001.
  • "Programming as Poetry. A few brief musings on Antiorp, Kurzweil, and Stallman", in Year01, 2002.


Xavier Malbreil

Lives and works in the South of France.
Writer and theorician (multimedia).
Contributor to magazines like Archée, Docks, Formules et La Voix du Regard (literary magazine on visual arts).

Publications :

  • Les prisonniers de l'Internet, tome 1, Laszlo le Magicien, éditions Cédric Vincent (littérature jeunesse), en librairie en France, Belgique et sur la, 2004.
  • Des corps amoureux dans quelques récits, erotico-porno short stories, éditions, also published in La Voix du Regard and performed on stage.
  • Éloge des virus informatiques dans un processus d'écriture interactive, éditions,
    collection of articles and lectures on computer-generated literature given in France and abroad, 2004.
  • "Lire avec la main", in Archée, 2003.
  • "Le Travail de la forme", in Archée, 2002.
  • "Éloge des virus informatiques dans un processus díécriture interactive", in Archée, 2002.
  • "Les Malentendus", in Archée, 2002.
  • Je ne me souviens pas très bien, novel (to be published).
  • Les prisonniers de l'Internet, tome 2, novel (to be published).
  • Attention à l'Attentionomètre, theatre (to be published).


Michael Mandiberg

Michael Mandiberg is a New Media Artist who uses the Internet, Video and performance to explore subjectivity, labor, and commerce. He is interested in our everyday experience of the Internet: all of the new forms that we engage with in our everyday life as info-consumers, and which we don't think about. These include the home page, the search engine, the banner advertisement, the do-it-yourself site, and the e-commerce site. He inserts personal information into these depersonalized genres.

He recently completed Bush Poll, a statistical survey of the 170 George Bushes of the United States. In 2003 he curated the DVD exhibition First Person in collaboration with Carla Herrera-Prats and Anne-Julie Raccoursier. In 2002 conceived and organized The Exchange Program, a collaborative performance where four sets of two people switched lives for 11 days. To provide information for his partner he built The Essential Guide to Performing Michael Mandiberg, an online do-it-yourself guide to his persona. In 2001 he completed a yearlong project, Shop Mandiberg, which was a fully functional e-commerce web site that marketed and sold every one of his personal possessions. In that year he also launched and

His work has been exhibited at such venues as Ars Electronica Center in Linz, ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany, Transmediale Festival, Berlin, Tirana Biennale, Albania, and C-Level, Los Angeles.

His work has been written about in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Berliner Zeitung, Wired, and a new survey Internet Art published by Thames and Hudson World of Art.

He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Culture, at the College of Staten Island/CUNY.


Sylvie Parent

Sylvie Parent is a curator and art critic. She wrote many essays on visual arts, web art and new media projects for electronic or printed publications. From 2002 to 2004, she was the French editor of HorizonZero, an online magazine published by the Banff New Media Institute. She was editor in chief of the CIAC's Electronic Magazine from 1997 to 2001. She was also responsible for the Web art component of the Biennale de Montréal 2000, also produced with the CIAC. With Valérie Lamontagne, she co-curated Emplacement/Déplacement, an exhibition of Québec artists for the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York in 2001.  

Naomi Spellman

Naomi Spellman is a transmedia artist and educator.

Exhibited work includes locative media, networked narrative, video, interactive computer-based works, photography, and graphic prints. Her work has been exhibited nationally and abroad. Venues have included Futuresonic <4> (Manchester, UK), the LA Freewaves Festival (Los Angeles), the Art in Motion Festival (Los Angeles), ASCII Digital 2000 (New York), The Harvard Map Collection (Cambridge), and the DART IV symposium on digital arts and culture (London, UK).

She teaches computing arts in the Interdisciplinary Computing Arts Program at the University of California, San Diego. Previously she has taught at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington; the Design|Media Arts Program at the University of California, Los Angeles; and Parsons School of Design in New York.

Naomi and artistic collaborator Jeff Knowlton were Artists in Residence at the Media Center in Huddersfield, U.K. They are developing an interpretive engine, which uses wireless Internet access to generate a mythological tale based on the place where it is experienced. Immediate factors such as user profile, weather conditions, live news feed, and local historic information help shape this narrative of place and time. The interest lies in the emotional connections between data, place, and time.

Projects, documentation, and more information available online:



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