I had the great pleasure and honor to converse w/ Mez – otherwise known at Mary-Anne Breeze +/or netwurker – over the course of a couple weeks about her works and theories regarding code poetry, meme culture, augmented reality, and other related interests to Mez’s practice and theory. We discuss (with corresponding translation) in a pseudo-code-language-environment that Mez developed in the mid 90s called mezangelle. This way of speaking-working-coding can be seen as a form of interacting and artistically engaging the emergent forum and list-serv cultures that were eclipsed by the dot-com boom later that decade. As the web has developed and changed, so did the code, and likewise the language has evolved into a dense weaving of net-humor, snippets from actual coding language (like perl or javascript), and critical theory.

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Nicholas O'Brien

Nicholas O'Brien is a new media artist, curator/organizer, and academic living and working in Chicago. Since getting his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Nicholas work has been included in multiple national and international venues including The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, The Xth Biennial in Lyon net art project mybiennialisbetterthanyours.com, Lampo, Tank.tv, and the Centro Multimedia in Mexico City. He has also curated many screenings and live audio-visual performances within the Chicago area under many different projects including co-founding an alternative artist-run space called BUSKER which operated between 2005 and 2007. Currently, Nicholas is an adjunct faculty in the Department of Interactive Art and Media at Columbia College teaching media theory. More information about his work can be found at doubleunderscore.net