|Final words from backspace: [not]
As of 8pm 22.12.99 backspace is closed for good; ending 45 months, 6 days a week of continuous activity, the only non commercial public access to technology resources and the internet in the UK.
Backspace has remained a self supporting centre for loose learning and communication and a successful expression of independence in the face of relentless commercialisation and final co-option of all but the most resilient, holding the line across the grain of mainstream culture.
Firstly I would like to say special thanks everyone who has subscribed over the years be they within earshot now or consumed by new work and passions wherever. More than 2000 individuals subscribed to the space at some time or other, many thousands more have visited the web site and the 'spc from round the world, made their mark or been in contact.
Then thanks to everyone who has ever made something and left it with us whether it be on-line or in the room itself. All the on-line work will be held as it has been to date and those of you with active sites will be able to continue updates etc. as usual. the sites.
Several people require special thanks and appreciation, Gio & Lotta who have really stuck with it all the way, Mark, Andrew and Miles who have also given extra time and commitment. So many more who have upheld a passion and energy to keep it open. Thanks to Harl who continues to look after the web and mail servers for all the spc.org domains. Top notch
This is not the end of the processes begun at backspace, far from it, much of the current work will be continued and developed further. rad.spc.org moves to The Foundry early in the new year to cover the program of events there. Other web/streaming production equipment moves to southspace. Future transmission, performance, access and now additionally sales of print audio video media will be developed throught the year. Please keep in touch if you wish to hear more about plans for 2000. firstname.lastname@example.org
We had one hell of a big party type thang on new years eve throughout Winchester Wharf, SE1 to mark our final passing out.. the whole street was mobbed all evening. 100 of us watched the fireworks from the beach then rejoined the binge inside... So thanks very much to Aardvark for getting the whole event together and for their ongoing support and stamina !