-empyre- is a global community of new media artists, curators, theorists, producers, and others who participate in monthly thematic discussions via an e-mail listserv.

-empyre- facilitates online discussion encouraging critical perspectives on contemporary cross-disciplinary issues, practices and events in networked media. The list is currently co-managed by Renate Ferro (USA) and Tim Murray (USA) with the moderating team of Simon Biggs (UK), and Patrick Lichty (USA). Melinda Rackham (AU) initiated -empyre- as part of her doctoral research in 2002.

-empyre- also welcomes guest moderators who organize discussions for one month. After more than ten years, -empyre- soft-skinned space continues to be a platform dedicated to the plurality of global perspectives reaching out beyond Australia and the Northern Hemisphere to greater Asia and Latin America.

-empyre- website is generously hosted by the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, a repository of emergent ideas amongst those working at the leading edge of contemporary artistic practice. All discussions are currently archived by Pandora, a project of the National Library of Australia. Both of these institutions are dedicated to preserving online publications of national significance for future generations.