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May 31, 2004


It truly was a concrescence, to use Alfred North Whitehead's word. A kind of peak event, just the right combination of elements and people, a culmination of sorts: the timing, the place, the vibe, the idea.

When I look back at the magical tradition these events have forged over the years, this 13th version of the Digital Be-In seemed to contain the best of all of them. Speakers, exhibits and installations, music, decor - and art. The Transparent Network gallery exhibit of 13 artists interpreting the Be-In 13 theme paid homage to the Digital "Art" Be-Ins, as the early events were called, when digital fine art was front and center. The works displayed on May 29 will all be up in the Gallery section of the Be-In.com site shortly after the event.

We will also add more information on the participants and content of the event, including the talks by the speakers and links to more info on all the vital threads addressed. Credits for the creation of Be-In 13 will also be on the site, our hard-working, high-spirited Team 13 and those who supported our efforts. If all goes well, we'll have not only plenty of photos from the event, but also video clips. DVD? Maybe!

As most know, we produced 12 Digital Be-Ins in January, following the tradition of the January 14, 1967 Human Be-In, and the earlier Macworld Expo-linked Digital Be-Ins. The Macworld connection was left behind for the most part as the event evolved into broader territory. I always thought that the 12th Be-In would be a completion of the cycle in a sense, which it was. And 13, a new beginning, seems to have been a successful experiment with a new date. The Memorial Day weekend timing came about pretty much by "accident" as we tried several open dates at the SOMARTS venue. As it turned out, we had some important people to memorialize at the event - Allen Cohen and Dianna Rawliegh Davis - and also, there was something quite fitting about having the Be-In, which is about building a peaceful world, on this date, and our Memorial Altar paid homage to those many who have lost their lives in violent conflicts around our planet, including, of course, the current wars in which our country is engaged.

Another experiment this year was the development of the online Be-In Tribe. We have over 200 members on Tribe.net and a large number of others who have joined the mailing list. We will be following up with a group mailing, and encourage ongoing participation on the Tribe.net. Going forward, we expect to garner more interaction from the greater Be-In tribe in shaping and producing future events. By the way, we are very open to collaboration and events held in other locales around the world. Send feedback and ideas please.

Thanks and gratitude to the many co-creators of Digital Be-In 13. Let's keep the spirit moving and growing!


Posted by Goz on May 31, 2004 | Permalink