After nearly ten years of the emergence of the world wide web, artists have consistently sought to describe its ability through metaphor, material, and social means- such as creating a place of community beyond the borders of politicians and their regulations. Understanding this new medium as a free form that is concrete and accessible, beyond the seduction of illusion, is the mission of concreteSTREAM. In the tradition of music concrete, concrete poetry, and concrete video, concreteSTREAM seeks to understand and define the possibilities of video and geography on the internet through streaming technologies.

concreteSTREAM is an international netcast of artists works, discussions of artists works, and experimental live exchanges on the internet. These projects offer a platform of interactive discussion, as well as a venue for live and recorded experiments in performance, video, intermedia and intervention art between artists and theorists throughout the world. Three areas of research activities define concreteSTREAM:

1) Streaming live panels and lectures of artists, activists and theorists. This area includes invited panels and regular visiting artists lecture series at UMBC.

2) concreteSTREAM will netcast firstTHURSDAYS where the first Thursday between 4-5pm each month during Fall/Spring season will offer a special topic video series by a Guest Curator.

3) concreteSTREAM engages in experimental live exchanges with similar creative research organizations for 2-way live events between locations.