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FLIST Bridges Cyberspace and Artspace

CHICAGO - For the first time ever, artist-bloggers' work will be transferred from cyberspace to artspace for FLIST, a multi-media exhibit that runs from October 5th to October 12th at The Happy Dog Gallery. FLIST - leet speak for a blogger's "friends list" - allows artists worldwide to put real names to usernames and faces to userpics, while exhibiting art side-by-side.

Even if you have no idea what a blog is, statistics speak for themselves: Last year, blog search engine Technorati tracked its 50 millionth blog and found 175,000 new blogs are created each day - about 1.6 million postings per day.

For artists, the "blogosphere" has become a place to exhibit work, meet other artists, share ideas with peers and admirers, and, of course, network. All of this interaction is free or relatively inexpensive, and accessible on a global scale.

FLIST's mission is to explore how artist communities fit into this phenomenon online and off.

FLIST

- noun: A nickname or slang term used to talk about ones “friends list” which can include individual people or, in addition, several communities.

- verb: Used to describe the action of adding someone to a friends list.

[A user’s list of friends (friends list, often shortened to flist) will often include several communities and RSS feeds in addition to individual users. Friends can be grouped together in “friends groups”, allowing for more complex behavior.]