Editorial 5 PDF
Written by Pedro Meyer   


Our first two interns, Enís Castellanos and Elías Díaz, have already been with us here at ZoneZero for the six months that they originally were invited for. None-the-less we are sorry to see them depart. Their contribution to this site has been very meaningful and we thank them for their efforts.


We are now expecting the arrival of a young couple from Mexico/Argentina. Paola and Fabian Hoffman and their eight month old baby, Ivan. Paola is an accomplished anthropologist who has developed a taste for new technologies, and Fabian is a photographer and film maker who together with his wife have in the recent past created some multimedia projects of their own. We hope that their input to ZoneZero will allow us to continue on this exciting journey of growth as the technologies keep changing from week to week together with the possibilities of what can be done.


Please meet our new interns:


Fabián Paola




We have a permanent program of internship here at ZoneZero. If you are bilingual (Spanish/English ) and have a working knowledge with Mac computers, HTML, Director, etc. do let us know of your interest to spend six months with us here in Los Angeles, California.

The project of setting up a mirror site in Paris, has been held up by the as-of-yet not resolved issue of keeping to the two sites updated on a constant basis. We are reluctant to offer two sites that are not actually identical all the time. We will keep you with how we manage to resolve this issue.

We have introduced some structural changes at ZoneZero. The section that had been identified up to now under PICTURES, has now been recognized for what it has been all along, and area of GALLERIES. And what used to be placed under the heading of Articles/Essays/Links has now changed to MAGAZINE, and enlarged it with other contributions which will give it increasingly the format of a magazine. We trust that these changes will give a better idea of what we are offering under each section.

We are presenting you with some exciting new material, such as the entire book of "Distant Relations". You can review the complete book and download it for free if you so desire. (the printed book will also be available for sale in our book store). Rather than enter here into a lengthy explanation of the content of this book and of each of the participating authors, we suggest that you turn to the MAGAZINE section and discover it for yourselves. I could well imagine you will be pleased. The response that you the viewers will provide us, will tell us if this sort of effort is something we should repeat with other titles as well.

As we are into explorations, we have another section that is also in pursuit of such discoveries. We will be receiving the weekly "Double Spread" published by Clarin, the largest Spanish speaking newspaper in the world, brought out in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Here we want to discover how the printed page translates on the internet when we are dealing with pictures and traditional layout. Your comments will as usual be very well received, and will help us make up our minds if to continue or not along these lines.

Very often we are asked how long we leave an exhibition. We have responded that as long as the author wants us to, we shall leave it there. This is similar to what happens with books in the library. What today is a novelty for someone, will become his or her reference tomorrow. Aside from the fact that it's always pleasurable to share with someone something that one has seen that is of interest, even though times has gone by.

And lastly we want to inform all of you that as of now all our images at ZoneZero will be carrying an embedded copyright watermark which although invisible to the eye can be picked up by the appropriate software at any time after, even if only parts of an image have been used within another composite picture. This will obviously help to protect the legitimate rights of the photographers who are showing there work here at ZoneZero. Although no system is fail proof, as banks well know, the identification of images is a long standing issue which will only get better as time allows such technologies to mature, and in doing so protect the legitimate rights of the photographers.

Pedro Meyer
November 1996





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