Adriaan Beukers
Ole Bouman
Steward Butterfield
Ben Cerveny
Elisabeth Diller
Michael Douglas
Maya Draisin
Brian Eno
David Garcia
Marti Guixe
Adam Hyde
Ivo Janssen
Nathalie Jeremijenko
Lee Eng Lock
Winy Maas
Malcolm McCullough
Irene McWilliam
Sugata Mitra
Andre Oorebeek
Chris Pacione
Garry van Patter
Fiona Raby
Hani Rashid
Rick Robinson
Alexander Rose
Tiffany Shlain
Bruce Sterling
Lisa Strausfeld
John Thackara
Tjebbe van Tijen
Michael Waisvisz
Is it for the pleasure of the moment itself, or for posterity that we act? In his talk on 'traceless art,' cultural commentator Tjebbe van Tijen compared our experiences of the Internet to other ephemeral happenings of the modern age, arguing that forgetting is a necessary basis for knowing, that preservation can be suffocating and that new creation needs a tabula rasa. A trained sculptor, Van Tijen was an active protagonist in the radical happenings and expanded cinema of the 1960s. He first set up a documentation centre for art, technology and society in 1967, which was eventually incorporated into the Institute of Social History in Amsterdam (it contains everything from the archives of the Provo movement to early Paradiso posters). For some years, he combined his work as an archivist and curator with social activism, for example on behalf of the Amsterdam squatters' movement. From the mid-1980s, he became preoccupied with developing interactive systems for the visualisation and dramatisation of pluriform social and historical information, which resulted in such projects as the Imaginary Museum of Revolution (1988/90, with Jeffrey Shaw) and Neo-Shamanism (1997/8, with Fred Gales). He is currently dividing his time between two projects: Literary Psycho-Geography of Tokyo and Amsterdam (supported by the Japan Foundation), and Unbombing the Cities of the World, which documents aerial bombing since 1911.

The Paradox of Traceless Art
(Doors 6, November 2000)