-empyre- is an Australian based global community which preserves its autonomy as a non-hierarchical collaborative entity by engaging with new content on a monthly basis. The mailing list was instigated by Melinda Rackham in 2002 and is currently facilitated with Christina McPhee, Jim Andrews, and Michael Arnold Mages, who choose guests and topics and moderate discussions to retain the thematic integrity.
-empyre- facilitates critical perspectives on contemporary cross-disciplinary issues, practices and events in networked media by inviting guests -key new media artists, curators, theorists, producers and others to participate in thematic discussions.
Melinda Rackham: "-empyre- started as the textual aspect of a multi-user 3D environment Empyrean. It was intended as an intimate list, as a way of discussing aspects of online culture, 3d culture, media arts culture, with invited guests who had written texts, done mostly online art projects or produced or curated shows which weren't necessarily mainstream, or high profile, but of importance."