In the mid and late 1990s Nemeton was the on-line home of The Shamen. During the Website's active years it saw many Internet firsts, from the first on-line album and single releases to Webcasts and interactive interviews. The site disappeared in 2001 due to a server crash/hack, however, a complete back-up of the site was discovered and the original 1999 Nemeton was restored. In addition to Nemeton, other Sean Clark/Cuttlefish sites from the era are also being uploaded as 'historical documents'. As of 2014 the plan is to transform the site in to an archive of 1990s UK Cyberculture. Keep an eye out for future updates.
Virtual Reality was most definitely the "next big thing" in the early 1990s. It was high-tech, media-friendly, had counterculture associations and had spawned its own superstar - the bearded and dreadlocked Jaron Lanier.
Resonance was a pioneering digital and internet arts group based at Derby University in the mid-1990s. We organised live events, "cybercaffs" and ran various on-line arts projects. This is a record of some of our activities.
I'm building an archive of my early website work from between 1993 and 1999. These sites were created whilst I was working at Loughborough and Derby Universities and then Headland Multimedia in Nottingham.
This is the original and 'classic' Nemeton from 1999. The site had been live for about four years and the content was fairly extensive with details of live events, on-line releases, and so on. 'Lord Hempton' makes a brief appearance.
This was a very innovative piece of work. The 'Web Mix' of the Shamen's Axis Mutatis album came complete with song lyrics, background information, sound samples and artwork. It was the first album to have a Web 'release' in this way.
In 1995 and 1996 Sean Clark wrote extensively for the UK Internet press. In particular, he wrote a number of articles for NetUser and Internet Today about Nemeton, William Latham and other Web site projects he was involved in.
Computer artist William Latham was responsible for the Shamen's Axis Mutatis album artwork and various single covers and video graphics. This Web site was produced for his games development company 'Computer Artworks'.
'WobblyWeb' was created for electronic dub pioneers Zion Train in 1997 to support their album 'Grow Together'. The site was as eclectic as the band themselves with bizarre facts, obscure web links and dancing 'wobblyseeds'.
'Birmingham Frequencies' was an audiovisual event that took place in October 1997 in Birmingham's Rotunda. It was a collaboration between The Higher Intelligence Agency and Biosphere with various visual artists.
The Now Festival was an annual contemporary arts festival held in Nottingham. I was involved in a number of the festivals and in 1997 designed the festival website, as well as co-running the 24 hour 'A Day In The Life' event.
In the early 1990s I built a homebrew Virtual Reality system using an off the shelf PC, Nintendo PowerGlove, Sega Shutter Glasses and REND386 software. Over 20 years later I thought I'd have a go at building a similar system again.
The early-1990s saw a coming together of new technology and alternative cultures in quite an extraordinary way. I've recently started to catalogue my collection of materials from the time.