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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. Following the end of The Shamen in 1998 the site has evolved in to, first an archive of other Sean Clark/Cuttlefish sites from the era, and now a developing archive of 1990s UK Cyberculture. If you have anything you would like to contribute to the archive please get in touch all contributors will be fully acknowledged. If you need a credit for any materials that are currently in the archive also let us know.

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Sun, 18 Jun 2017
REND386 World

As part of the Cyberculture exhibition in Leicester I've launched my first Google Cardboard Virtual Reality app. REND386 World takes classic VR "worlds" from the 1990s and presents them for Cardboard v2. Currently it is only on Android, but iOS, Oculus and Vive versions will be coming soon. Download it for free now from the Google Play Store. Search for "REND386 World" or follow the link to http://interactdigitalarts.uk/rend386.

Sun, 11 Jun 2017
Cyberculture Pt3: 25 Years Later

Twenty five years on and the era of 'cyberculture' seems like a long time ago. The internet (no capital 'I' any more) is now an integral part of our lives, Virtual Reality less so, predictions of the end of national borders havn't really happened, but we do have Facebook and social media, which are sort of borderless. Connectivity is truly ubiquitous and we have faster internet in our pockets that we every imagined possible in the 1990s. In fact, smartphones encapsulate much of what we imagines the internet could be.

When thinking about those times I was struck by the fact that 25 years means that an entire generation has grown up taking the Internet for granted. They probably can't imagine that there was a time without it, nor do they realise that there was a time when the rules were up for grabs. For those of us who were around I'm sure memories are fading and we may not realise how important those times were.

It was for these reasons that I thought it was time to start cataloging my collection of materials from the era and looking for opportunities to exhibited. The first outcome of this work are what I am now calling the "Nemeton Archive" at nemeton.com. This collects all of my online materials from the early 1990, the websites for The Shamen and other early websites, lists of books and videos and so on.

The second is the exhibition "Cyberculture: The Beginning of the Modern World" at The LCB Depot in Leicester. This will run until 17th June 2017 and culminates with an all-date event of music, performance, videos, talks, Virtual Reality art by William Latham and a rare show by the Oscillate Sound System and Higher Intelligence Agency.

See http://interactdigitalarts.uk/cyberculture for details.

Hopefully this will lead to more activities in the future. If you have any materials to contribute to the archive please let me know. Follow me on Facebook for Twitter for future news.

Sat, 20 May 2017
Cyberculture Pt2: ...and the Birth of Cyberculture

The rise of the Internet was not just about technology. For many people it was part of a vision that saw digital technology as having the potential to create a new world without national borders or governments, where all information would be free and where human consciousness would be lifted to a new level. The Internet was a new electronic frontier, a place they called "Cyberspace".

People interested in this vision met online in places such as the The WELL (established in 1985) and at night clubs like Cyberseed and Megatripolis in London (1993). Their ideas mixed with those from previous counter-culture movements and new figureheads emerged. John Perry Barlow from the Grateful Dead formed the Electronic Frontier Foundation (1990) to protect online rights, R U Series published Mondo 2000, essential reading for all would-be cyberpunks. Bruce Sterling wrote about The Hacker Crackdown (1993). Fans of electronic music, computer graphics and Virtual Reality became involved and by 1993 "Cyberculture" was fully formed and ready to make use of the newly-public Internet and World Wide Web.

For me it meant using my Internet skills for more than University research. From running cybercaffs at the Oscillate club in Birmingham, homebrew VR at Megatripolis, websites and live events for The Shamen and other bands, writing for the new Internet press, to touring as a VJ at gigs and festivals.

But almost 25 years later does any of this matter?

http://interactdigitalarts.uk/cyberculture

Virtual Reality 1993 - 1995

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 - ...

Derby University / Resonance 1993 - 1998

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 ...

Early Web Sites 1993 - 1999

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 ...

Nemeton 1994 - 1999

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 ...

Axis Mutatis 1995

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 ...

NetUser / Internet Today 1995 - 1996

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 ...

Computer Artworks 1997

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 ...

WobblyWeb 1997

'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, ...

Birmingham Frequencies 1997

'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 ...

Nottingham Now Festival 1997

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 ...

Homebrew VR using REND386 1994/2014

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 ...

Cyberculture Archive

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 ...