iAM/iCAN CJ Redux

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iAM/iCAN is a multimedia documentary shot in Austin, Texas in 1994. It featured tagged/searchable video embedded into a raster graphic interface. Five subjects discussed gender, race, nascent-on-line culture, technology, hopes and dreams for the future. Given the technical constraints of the time, this meant 4:3 aspect video compressed to a rather severe 160 x 160 pixels, so that streaming off of a state-of-the-art 2x cd-rom player was feasible. Video was shot by Shane Herman, and edited with Premiere. An interface was coded in Director. We called it New Media but didn’t really even understand the Old Medias.

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Years later, the video is small and grainy and the interface elements seem rather small, but still pretty. The audio is still quite powerful. The interface doesn’t work anymore but the individual graphic elements can be clicked on and the original files are still valid. Still holding interest: the audio, the actual interviews.

Here are all the interviews with CJ Manetta-Romano, who has fearlessly given permission to share his commentary from 1994.


Politics, Working Together, Unity


Interactive Entertainment, Technology as Adult Toys


Internet Culture


Was Intimidated by Technology


Future Interactive Education


Gender Generation Gap


Gender Stereotypes and Rave Flyers


Anarchy, Raves as Free Space


Future Raves, After Raves

iAM/iCAN Steve Redux

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iAM/iCAN is a multimedia documentary shot in Austin, Texas in 1994. It featured tagged/searchable video embedded into a raster graphic interface. Five subjects discussed gender, race, nascent-on-line culture, technology, hopes and dreams for the future. Given the technical constraints of the time, this meant 4:3 aspect video compressed to a rather severe 160 x 160 pixels, so that streaming off of a state-of-the-art 2x cd-rom player was feasible. Video was shot by Shane Herman, and edited with Premiere. An interface was coded in Director. We called it New Media but didn’t really even understand the Old Medias.

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Years later, the video is small and grainy and the interface elements seem rather small, but still pretty. The audio is still quite powerful. The interface doesn’t work anymore but the individual graphic elements can be clicked on and the original files are still valid. Still holding interest: the audio, the actual interviews.

Here are all the interviews with Steve Wechsler, who has fearlessly given permission to share his commentary from 1994.


Components of Activism


Empathy Leads to Unity


Future Vision


Entertainment Is Passive


Commodity Culture


Anonymity of Cyberspace Manifests in Rave


Lossy Communication


Internet Culture, Email Lists, Online Education