Of 'Webism' & 'Webists'
'TwoSum' by Warren Furman


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Dr. Rodney Chang (Pygoya) and Ingrid Kamerbeek work in close cooperation to make their common dream of global consciousness and peace come true, and founded the Webism group in November 2003 to work with active worldwide artists of all directions ­mainly cyberartists­ on- and offline. Here's the manifesto and a few images from some of its various activities so far:


WEBISM - a global art movement
The manifesto composed by Pygoya, October 2003

1. Creates art using any medium to share primarily online and thereby contribute to and expand Cyberculture

2. Contribute digital art, as a product of the same technology that makes the Internet a reality, as the main source for global cyberculture

3. Network artists together with the mission of building Web visual arts culture

4. Promote a sense of the peace through friendship without barriers and expand global consciousness

5. Identify this new specialized form and application of digital art/graphics (monitor size presentation, what- you-see on screen is the 'original' work of art, web page/site environment for the imagery, inclusion even of mixed media elements through high tech tools)

6. Demonstrate the existence of identifiable personal styles among the developed digital artists.

7. Recognize those artists that deserve the world's recognition for excellence within their chosen medium, even if not yet so by the traditional art establishment/market and their critics.

8. Declare the ephemeral digital online image as the original work of art and any print or painting derived from the digital as a copy or 'reproduction;' assists others to realize photographed or scanned painting and sculptures are merely digital 'reproductions,' even at prestigious museum web sites

9. Organize exhibitions online to showcase talent of the artists and the expressive and cognitive statements the works themselves generate

10. Document the activities of the Webists as they unite to form a new worldwide -ism in Art; record their existence and passing for traditional hsitorians to discover thereafter

11. Organize off line exhibits to expand the awareness of more people (both lay public and art institutions) of different regions and cultures of the world of the existence of the Webist movement

12. Assist off line digital artists in the acceptance of their art tools as a legitimate fine arts medium

13. Distinguish for the public the differences in meaning of "graphic artist," "digital artist, "cyberartist," and "Webist."

14. Create opportunities where Webists can physically meet each other, outside of cyberspace and the limitation of email

15. Create and promote an identity of a new group of artists with such common goals as a historic art movement, here conceived and materialized through the new communication modality of the World Wide Web

16. Educate through awareness, the next generation in the schools, of the new generation of digital art available a click away on their computers; try to teach the ethic of not stealing online copyrighted works of art

17. Promote the marketability of signed limited edition prints as worthy commodities to help support Web artists efforts online

18. To join or for information- Ingrid Kamerbeek

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Webism ­ Members as per January 18, 2004


Dr. Rodney Chang (Pygoya)
Honolulu/USA
pygoya@pixi.com


Ingrid Kamerbeek
Sonthofen/Germany
IuTKamerbeek@t-online.de


Tânia d'Almeida
Nantua/France
dreamz@wanadoo.fr


David Camp
Madison/
Wisconsin/USA


Meli (Melania Cioni)
Firenze/Italy
gallimel@tin.it


Wayne Cosshall
Sydney/Australia
wayne@dimagemaker.com


Christian Couette
Paris/France
couette.christian@wanadoo.fr


Björn Dämpfling
Berlin/Germany
bjoern@creativecreatures.com


Bernard Dumaine
Angoulême/France
b.dumaine@wanadoo.fr


Vlado Franjevic
Triesen/Vaduz/Liechtenstein
vlado@konture.com


Prof. Dr. Herbert W. Franke
Munich/Germany
franke@zi.biologie.uni-muenchen.de


Erich Fritz
Cologne/Germany
erich.fritz@netcologne.de


Dieter Grossmann
Ulm/Germany
hdgrossi@proprio-motu.com


Regina Hobein
Bad Wildungen/Germany
Re.gina@gmx.de


Horkay Istvan
ParadiseValley/Arizona/USA
Budapest/Hungary
ihorkay@yahoo.com


Darin Ingalls
MNMODA MUSEUM
Minneapolis/USA
mindstream@mn.rr.com


Henry Janok
Calgary/Canada
janok-hda@nucleus.com


Jamie Antoniasym
Chicago/USA
imadala@sbcglobal.net


Vijaybhai Kochar
Hyderabad/India
vijaykochar@hotmail.com


Tibor Kovacs-egri
Budapest/Hungary
kovacsegri@axelero.hu


Maria Kovacs-egri
Budapest/Hungary
kovacsegri@axelero.hu


Sooyoung Lee
Seoul/Korea
gjnamoo@hitel.net


Gun Legler
Gothenburg/Sweden
gunsan@one.se


Galina Lukshina
Kiev/Ukraine
lukshin@svitonline.com


Greg Lunger
Long Beach/California/USA
allright.com@charter.net


Parys St. Martin
Adelaide/Australia
parysstm@bigpond.net.au


Dan McCormack
Accord, New York/USA
dan_mccormack@yahoo.com


Uly Paya
Vienna/Austria
uly_paya001@yahoo.de


Ben Rotman
Tel Aviv/Israel
ben@rotman-art.com


Nancy Wood
San Antonio/USA
nancy@pixelpaint.com


Norbert Strippel
Loehlbach/Germany
Info@art-by-strippel.de


Dr. Hans-Georg Turstig
Albuquerque/USA
mail@turstig.net


Kurt van Wagner
Santa Barbara/California/USA
kurt50@earthlink.net


Jon White
New York/USA
urban@netacc.net


Zazie
Vienna/Austria
zazie@zazie.at


Shankar Barua
New Delhi/India
shankarbaba@vsnl.net
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(opted out shortly after this to avoid misperceptions regarding The IDEA)



Reception of the Webists at Mayor Buhl's office in Sonthofen (Nov 5 '03)
from left to right: Ingrid Kamerbeek/Germany, Bernard Dumaine/France,
Mayor Hubert Buhl/Germany, Dr. Rodney Chang (Pygoya)/USA


Reception of the Webists at Mayor Buhl's office in Sonthofen (Nov 5 '03)
from left to right: Ingrid Kamerbeek/Germany, Bernard Dumaine/France,
Mayor Hubert Buhl/Germany, Dr. Rodney Chang (Pygoya)/USA


Webists during their Budapest exhibition:
From left to right: Uly Paya/Austria, Maria Kovacs-Egri/Hungary, Ingrid Kamerbeek/Germany, Bernard Dumaine/France, Friend of Uly


Hungarian TV station interviewing Ingrid Kamerbeek during Budapest Webists exhibition on Nov 14 '03


Tibor Kovacs-Egri, Budapest/Hungary-based Webist artist who organized the Budapest art show in Nov 2003, and also the 'Alagut' presentation in the Budapest Today Festival on June 19, 2004


Budapest opening on Nov 12 '03


Webism founder Dr. Rodney Chang (Pygoya) in Budapest/Hungary wondering about the small coffee cups


At Budapest/Hungary home of Webist Tibor Kovacs-Egri
from left to right: Bernard Dumaine/France, Ingrid Kamerbeek/Germany, Tibor Kovacs-Egri, Dr. Rodney Chang (Pygoya)


At Budapest/Hungary home of Webist Tibor Kovacs-Egri
from left to right: Friend of Tibor, Dr. Rodney Chang (Pygoya), Maria and Tibor Kovacs-Egri, Bernard Dumaine/France


Webists Tibor Kovacs-Egri (left) and Dr. Rodney Chang (Pygoya) in the Budapest/Hungary art academy during Nov Webism exhibition in Nov 2003


Budapest/Hungary opening


Ingrid Kamerbeek meets Dr. Rodney Chang (Pygoya) at Frankfurt airport. Webism exhibition opening took place on Nov 3, 2003


A nice German beer at the reception at "Heimathaus" in Sonthofen Germany (local historical museum). From left to right: Eugen Wutz, 3rd mayor of Sonthofen, Hubert Buhl, 1st mayor of Sonthofen, Ingrid Kamerbeek/Germany, Dr. Rodney Chang (Pygoya)/USA, Bernard Dumaine/France


Dr. Rodney Chang (Pygoya)/USA at Ingrid Kamerbeek's working place in Sonthofen Germany during his visit in the frame of a reception at Sonthofen town hall. Webists worldwide work together for the arts and peace on- and offline.


Webism poster from the Frankfurt/Germany exhibition in November 2003


Shankar Barua's/India works at Frankfurt Airport Conference Center where the Frankfurt/Germany Webism exhibition took place


Parys St. Martin's/Australia works at Frankfurt Airport Conference Center where the Frankfurt/Germany Webism exhibition took placeIngrid


Reception at Angoulême/France office of mayor Philippe Mottet during exhibition of Webists in August 2003. Ingrid Kamerbeek/Germany handing over a present picture book from Sonthofen's/Germany mayor Hubert Buhl to mayor Philippe Mottet


During opening of Frankfurt/Germany Webism exhibition in November 2003. From left to right:
Bernard Dumaine/France, Norbert Strippel/Germany, Director of Frankfurt Airport Conference Center Art Department, Ingrid Kamerbeek, Dr. Rodney Chang (Pygoya)


During Vienna Webism exhibition in November 2003.
From left to right: Christian Couette/France, Dr. Rodney Chang (Pygoya)/USA, Ingrid Kamerbeek/Germany


Vienna exhibition opening of the Webism exhibition in November 2003.
From left to right: Bernard Dumaine/France, Christian Couette/France, Zazie/Austria, Dr. Rodney Chang (Pygoya), Uly Paya/Austria


Webism members as per January 18, 2004


Frankfurt invitation

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Rodney Chang (Pygoya) <
pygoya@pixi.com> [http://www.lastplace.com]
Ingrid Kamerbeek <
IuTKamerbeek@t-online.de> [http://www.artingrid.de]