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Subject: Re: from a radio station in Japan
Hi David,

Yeah, the song, "Big In Japan" was originally done by a German synthpop group, Alphaville. I think it came out in the 80's. (By the way, I'm a big synthpop fan... that's why I know this song, I guess). And Guano Apes did a remake of the song a couple of years ago and it was a quite big hit in both
Germany and UK. Guano Apes is really good, too. They are a rock band with a female singer... and she is a quite wild woman, too.
Anyway... yeah, we would love to send you the tape. Please let us know the address any way you are comfortable with.
And don't worry about the phone number. I will be the only one who knows it.
The DJ won't even know.

Thank you.

e Tomomi Matsuyama
16 Jun 2002 17:06:08
e felino albino
16 Jun 2002 11:06:51
Subject: Re: Reality-moschina
you live in the flesh.
i want you to live in MY flesh.
besides, i never questioned your reality, or i do not remember to have
done that.
come and visit me.
Subject: Re: Thanks!

no problem, i'm glad to help whenever i can do you think that we could address that last issue we discussed of compensation?
my job doesn't pay me anymore and i'd like to see a movie
i guess its only right that i got into the biz late and now i'm getting the crash late



lostlove project one year anniversary april 2002


world domination through mind control/
e Chris Bassett
16 Jun 2002 06:06:25
e Olivier.b
16 Jun 2002 01:06:06
Subject: Re: Reality
dear david
i know you are real
so am i
i live in rennes/france
i am 32, what else would you like to know?
i'm into communication in every sense
that's probably why i was interested in the way you reached me as much as what you have to say...
let's go on we'll see where it leads us...that's how i see it
i love the netherlands... been there 3 times just for weekends i admit but still the impression is still strong
do you know brittany?
Subject: Re: Thanks!
Maybe you should pass by at my beachclub De Branding, the saturday before the sunday, to show you what I can do.

And remember, it's a privelage and an excellent opportunity to perform for the GREAT OEROL AUDIENCE at Groene Strand,


e J W
16 Jun 2002 00:06:00
e raymond roussel

15 Jun 2002 23:06:12
Dear ____!

There is this mysterious woman on the web, quiet known in your country: Netochka Netzvanova. Guess she's your counterpart. By now everybody knows she's a male hacker (sometimes plural)

Now, a couple of David-Still-laughs later everybody knows you are a woman from Amsterdam (also sometimes plural).

I think your site is a nice virus, one that just spreads and only does harm by creating funny confusions. The real genious part is your "reply-factory" - putting all curious visitors at work.

However, the bad side effect of your prank is, that all mails addresses are published, and spam list head hunters loaded it all of your site, (unless you would have been so mean to sell all these addresses)

Anyway. I know the Amsterdam art scene and know by now who you are...
If I am a psycho, you 'd be in REAL trouble now!


Subject: Re: Thanks!
well, i decided to have a look on your website. damn good idea.
and peace and love to you.
mind you some people who replied to your email were at bit
defensive? things like "who the fuck r u?" and more.
human spirit eh? we're all friendly beings, who just love
to socialise.
well - i say, carry on mailing people.
if people didn't care, if they have things to do (like they say they do)
they wouldn't reply with petty, agressive comments.
i say, socialise, i say email random people.
unite humanity in peace and love.
even if one person thanks you, it's worth while.
make people smile in anyway you can.
hmm, well since you told me your webaddress here is mine:
its full of stories and artwork by me; snow cones, 2 tonne gorillas
and personality devices. before i forget, it also has some
damn good writing on the place of machine, where all i have is the sounds.
so david still - long live your site and long live your multiple personalities!

e Alex McLarty
15 Jun 2002 22:06:20
e Makila Wagner
15 Jun 2002 22:06:03
Subject: hi
Subject: R: Reality
David, give up dopes for a while. You never hear me when I talk cause you are freaked out. You know I love you honey, how can I question you being real? Remember the way you warmed me up last night? I will never forget. Come
as you may, I'm yours totally.

e eidola
15 Jun 2002 22:06:54
e Jon Almond
15 Jun 2002 21:06:20
Subject: David, you are in danger.
Mr. Still, I am writing to you for I fear you may be in danger.

Someone, somehow, gained access to your home. Yes, 'De Zeiltoren' in De Realiteit has been accessed AND photographed. They have also posted these photos to the internet, boasting of their crimes against you and your home.

The photos can be seen here:

I fear for your safety, David. I hope things will be good for you. Perhaps you could get in touch to let me know you are still well, and that this criminal photographer has not locked you in your own wardrobe. He can be seen in the bathroom mirror on the bottom-right photograph, with a look of mirth on his face as he steals, destroys and makes a joke of your privacy.

A Concerned Friend.
Subject: Re: from a radio station in Japan
Hello David,

Wednesday the 19th at 23:20 will be perfect for us, too.
I will give you a call at 23:00 to make sure everything's ok... will let you know all the questions as well.
There are a couple of thing I would like to ask you before the interview. We would like to play a song that you request right after the interview is aired. Can you come up with a song? We play all kinds of music except for classical music.
Also, we would like to send you a tape of the interview. Can you let me know
where we can send it to?

Thank you so much and we are looking forward to speaking with you.

Tomomi Matsuyama

e Tomomi Matsuyama
15 Jun 2002 17:06:50
e sinclair
15 Jun 2002 14:06:52
Subject: Re: Reality
this is the second email in few minutes. exactly the same email in few minutes.

i trust you. you are for real.
and even if you are not, in my wet dreams you exist (and i've already raped you 12 times)

now, shall we talk about the weather?

consciously yours
forever and ever and always.
ad lib.
john sinclair.
Subject: re: Reality
Hello David Still,
begin your first e-mail I have see that you have taste
for a communication on the web simple be cross
your site.
I will informe you that my first time in Holland whos 1975
and I'm stiil like that Country at all and the people to.
Here is my curriculum:

My question now is how we can cooperate?

Tanks to give me indication on that.

Nice day.

Giovanni Zullo
e Art Multimedia World Service
15 Jun 2002 12:06:45
e Tomomi Matsuyama
14 Jun 2002 14:06:03
Subject: Re: from a radio station in Japan
Hello Mr. Still,

Thank you very much for the reply.
We would actually like to record it and edit it if necessary because when we air the interview, it will be like 3 in the morning your time. However, the earliest time we can do will be 23:20 your time... I know it's quite late. But we are really hoping we can talk to you. We can do it on any Sunday, Wednesday or Thursday evening. Do you think this can work?

Tomomi Matsuyama

on 02.6.14 8:52 AM, David Still at wrote:

> It probably can be done it you choose the right hour, remember I live in Holland. We should try to make an appointement.
> I would be ok if you record it and edit it, but if it's broadcasted directly, then no.
> What's your idea?
Subject: from a radio station in Japan
Hello David,

My name is Tomomi writing from a radio station in Japan, ZIP-FM.
I was checking out your web site and thought it was quite interesting that you are letting others send emails with your name.
I was wondering if it's possible for us to do a telephone interview about it on our radio show. The interview is for about 5 minutes over the phone and we are going to translate it into Japanese for the listeners.
Please let me know if this can be done.

Thank you.

Tomomi Matsuyama
e Tomomi Matsuyama
13 Jun 2002 16:06:30
e Pamela L. O'Connell

12 Jun 2002 20:06:53
Subject: Fw: questions from NY Times reporter

The message below (from one of your "stand ins") is interesting... especially the first question.... should I call you in Almere to make sure? :-)

I wonder if I will get any other "replies" to my original emails.

Subject: Re: questions from NY Times reporter
Thanks, David Still (one of the David Stills, I should say).

I welcome your response. I am not sure it is possible to give a straight
answer to the matter of whether David Still exists. Makes it more fun,
doesn't it? For that matter, how does one define an art project?

The article is planned for June 20 publication.


Pamela L. O'Connell
writer // net stuff
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Still" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2002 10:20 AM
Subject: Re: questions from NY Times reporter

> Hi Pamela,
> I assume you got many answers to your interview, I hope it didn't disturb
you too much. did you realise that it was published on the read-and-reply
page of the site and that anybody could answer your questions from that
> I am going to suggest more questions you should be asking:
> -does David Still exist, or is he a made-up personality?
> -Is it at all possible to give a straight answer to the question above?
> -About the notion of "project", could the david still site be an art
project by any chance?
> -When is your article published and will you let us know?
> As a regular "stand-in" for David Still, who frequently answers people
from the reply page, I would be interested to read something about
> Yours,
> David Still
e Pamela L. O'Connell

12 Jun 2002 20:06:57
e hp99eec

11 Jun 2002 16:06:39
Subject: RE: All Together Now 3

There is a problem with the second drum kit as the change over time between bands is going to be really short and we do not have the time to set up and mike a second kit. Both you and Rapid Garden are going to be on the schedule at some point during the afternoon and will both need half hour sets... no more time is available and we really need you guys to stick to this. If you could let me know your phone number then I can give you a call and confirm the times with you. I'm not sure about the decks so you would have to confirm this with james. If you could also let me have some contact details for rapid garden that would be really useful.

Anything else please don't hesitate to email me of give me a call on 07811 109 282.

Thanks very much

Emma cook, Organiser, All Together Now three

>===== Original Message From David Still <> =====
>Hi Emma -
>I spoke to James, and he said it was fine for us (Tracker Ball) and Rapid Garden to play. We're a little concerned as to the size of the venue and equipment and stuff. Rapid Garden are fine, they just need 3 guitar amps, a bass amp and a drum kit - they mostly play Pearl Jam covers and go for the authentic sound. James said we'd be fine for the equipment - do we need our own decks? DJ CrackRock will bring his own mixer - he usually likes to use a phase generator. Obviously the 3 guys in the brass section have their own instruments, but will you be ok for mics? We only have two guitarists, which is fine, but we'd like to bring our second drummer along. Can you mic two kits?
>Let me know ASAP, we're all really excited - it's the best gig we've ever been offered, and we get a free case of Red Bull! How good are you guys!! James said going on quite late would be fine, which suits us down to the ground. I don't know when you want to put Rapid Garden on, but I think they'll get really pissed, so the earlier the better (to avoid what happened at the Cavern!!).
>Hope to hear from you soon-
>Dave (Tracker Ball bassist/rapper)
Subject: Re: questions from NY Times reporter
Thanks much, David. A few more...

1) Is the bio info on the site correct for citation purposes? ("recent emigrant to Almere, Netherlands. You work as an IT Consultant for a small but expanding start-up business that specializes in communication systems" etc.) -- and where did you emigrate from?
2) Does this experiment have a natural endpoint, in your mind? How long do you foresee it continuing?
3) Has the site caused any confusion/repercussions for you personally?(perhaps at work or the like?)
4) Can you go over the mechanics exactly --- once a message is sent, do all replies come back to you and you sort through them and post them on the reply page? What if someone wants to have a more prolonged correspondence
with a person using your email... can that be done?


Pamela L. O'Connell
writer // net stuff
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Still" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, June 09, 2002 4:51 PM
Subject: Re: questions from NY Times reporter

> Hello Pamela,
> I'd be pleased to answer your questions. Any publicity is good publicity, right? Well, here they are.
> 1) My motivation, briefly, was too much sangria! Seriously, though, I've always wondered how identity affects people in different ways, how people can grow as individuals separately from their names. So this was why I decided to start the site. Partially as a social experiment, partially just
for a cool thing to do.
> 2) I started letting people use my address in November 2001. There have been tons of people coming to this site since I started the email 'project'. So far over 46,000 messages have been sent. The volume has increased
gradually as sites like K10k ( profiled the site. It hasn't been bad publicity for my portfolio, either!
> 3) That's an interesting one. I'd say about 50% of emails are preset, 50% are typed out. People can come up with some crazy stuff!
> 4) Well, let me see. It's about a 50/50 split between amusement and confusion. The site also has its fair share of people who are mad at the whole thing. Others just take it on the chin and get on with their lives.
> 5) Sure, people use the reply page. Some people wait for a reply, while others just take a look and reply to people for a laugh.
> 6) I've had a remove function since the email section launched. This site is really only a bit of fun; my intention was never for it to be something which could really annoy people. Interestingly, only about 500 people have asked to be removed so far. This really isn't much when you consider the
volume of email. Proof that people, in general, can take a bit of fun poked at them.
> I'd be pleased to answer any more questions. Thanks for the interest!
> Best wishes,
> David Still :)
e Pamela L. O'Connell

10 Jun 2002 15:06:10
e Pamela L. O'Connell

8 Jun 2002 05:06:29
Subject: questions from NY Times reporter
Hi David,

I write the "Online Diary" column for the Thursday "Circuits" section of The New York Times. I have become intrigued by your email project -- if project is the right word -- at May I ask you a few questions about it via email (of course)?

1) What is your motivation in starting this site? How would you describe its purpose?
2) When did you start allowing people to send email from the site? What has the response been in terms of number of visitors and volume of emails?
3) Do most people use the preset message or type in new messages?
4) What level of confusion has this resulted in? What level of amusement has this resulted in?
5) Have people been using the reply page as well?
6) When did you add the remove function and why? Have many people asked to be removed?

I'm sure I'll have other questions -- this becomes more complex the more I think about it.

Thanks, I hope to hear from you.

Pam O'Connell

Pamela L. O'Connell
writer // net stuff
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