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FROZE software by Lev Manovich for EO

Even though Windows NT supposed to be a very stable OS, my PC freezes at least twice a day. When your computer freezes, it can be annoying if you loose some work - or it can be liberating, a chance to stop whatever you were doing and to think whether you really need to be doing this. In short, an opportunity to reboot and to start over. Or to install some new software. Or even to install a new operating system (OS).

FROZE is the series micro-shows guest curated at Electronic Orphanage by the users of Word, Dreamweaver, Alias, Flash, Final Cut Pro and other software - in other words, by writers, architects, programmers, VJs, etc. from Los Angeles and around the world.

FROZE should not be confused with Freeze (an arts magazine) or a "snapshot," an act of taking a snapshot of the activity on a computer screen.

FROZE micro-shows will not simply freeze the ongoing flows on our screens but will inquire what other kinds of cultural software - or> even a totally new cultural OS - our world needs today.

Lev Manovich, July 2001, Los Angeles.