Date: Mon, 12 May 1997 13:09:42 -0400
To: Hans Dieter Huber <email@example.com>
From: benjamin weil <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Adaweb Projects
>1.) Who founded Adaweb and when?
ada 'web was founded in the late fall of 1994 by john borthwick and myself.
our first online project was up in late february of 1995, although we did
not really lauch the site before may 15, 1995. john borthwick was a
business consultant, and had discovered the web during the summer of 1994.
he immediately wanted to do something creative with it. my background is
in art: i am a writer and curator. for me the web was a new place where
to experiment with the praxis of curating.
What was the original intention with that site?
the founding idea of ada 'web is to bring artists to explore the web as a
new medium. we commission, host, and point to projects that fully use the
capacities of the web. we mainly commission works by artists who do not
use the web as their primary medium, and we usually host projects that are
made by artists who do use the web mainly for their artistic research and
production. while doing that, we were (and still are) interested in bring
an enlarged audience to experience art. the idea is that the web offers a
kind of participation to the artwork that is unique, although one can
definitely say it derives from early conceptual art praxis (60's and 70's)
>2.) How many persons are momentarily concerned with adaweb?
currently, 3 producers work on ada 'web. there is also a business
development person, and myself. we also have 4 interns who work part time,
and a part time business and public relations person.
*vivian selbo (at ada since the summer of 1995; she is an artist and also
produced a web project of her own, "vertical blanking interval"
*ainatte inbal (at ada since july 1996. her background is in art
criticism. she was formerly taking care of long distance teaching at the
new school, using the web as a "virtual classroom")
*cherise fong (at ada since september 1996; she is a web designer, and
worked before at the cicv - a french artist in residence program. their
web site is at http://www.cicv.fr)
*andrea scott (at ada since september 1995; she worked as an art
consultant, building private and corporate art collections. she has also
business and public relations: cheryl kaplan (at the studio since january
1997; she coordinates business and pr. for the studio at large - including
>3.9 How are you financed? Do you get financial support by New York City or
we are currently supported by the owner of ada 'web, dicital city inc.
this company owns digital city studio (http://www.dci-studio.com), also the
producer ot total new york (http://www.totalny.com) and the spanker
(http://www.spanker.com). we are currently in the process of investigating
to turn ada 'web into a foundation, so to be able to receive grants and
corporate support. as you may know, public funding in the united states is
>4.) Where is the server located in New york? What kind of machine is it?
the server is actually in our office, on 22nd street. it is a sun spark 20
station connected to a t1 line (in addition to ada 'web, it serves all the
other productions of digital city studio)
>5.) Do you have an image of your rooms which you could send me as an attach
>file because I would like to include a view into my online materials for
you could get a web cam shot from julia scher's "one house" project, a part
of "securityland". securityland is in the "project" dimension of the site
>6.) Do you have statistical material concerning the hits on the project pages?
we do. however, i am not sure i can provide you with this kind of material.
please feel free to recontact me at your convenience. i hope this is of help.
curator, ada 'web / http://www.adaweb.com
32 west 22, ny, ny 10010 t. 212 620-7288; f. 212 620-6224
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