Dear Nina, Dear All,
It is wonderful to read all this! Nina, I'll be happy to
discuss your project with you.
Actually, currently in Riga, the documents from "the World
in 24 Hours" are exbibited in the exhibition FIELDS
organised by the RIX-C Raitis Smit and Rasa Smite and
curated by Armin Medosh.
Le 11/07/14 22:52, firstname.lastname@example.org a écrit :
> Dear Yasminers,
> I would like to return to Annick's earlier posting:
> "It seems it takes about 20 years (a generation?)
> before history is being built" and refer to her excellent
> "Art of Communication - Art of Networks - Net Art text
> where she mentions several outstanding early telecommunications
> initiatives by artists linked to technologies now considered
> When earlier this year I researched the Canadian history of
> early telecommunication projects by artists, I was amazed
> by the interwoven strands of art & science & technology, the
> role of (select) industries providing technical support and
> of all the global scope of some projects in pre internet
> In January, InterAccess of Toronto organized brief cross-
> generational presentations to celebrate its 30th Anniversary.
> Together with Johanna Householder we presented our
> Videobridge Toronto/Budapest (1991)- a slow-scan
> transmission project. Some earlier initiatives were
> presented by
> Norman T. White, Caroline Langill and Judith Doyle among
> As a general reference It is interesting to note that barely
> years after the telephone was first patented in the US
> in 1876 by Alexander Graham Bell, an early concept of a
> combined videophone and wide-screen television called
> a telephonoscope was already in place.
> Re Canadian initiatives: in May 1978 Open Space Gallery
> in Victoria, Canada in cooperation with Estron Industries has
> conducted several live Slow Scan Video transmissions with other
> groups from Toronto, New York, San Francisco, San Diego etc.,
> Annick mentions the famous "The World in 24 hours for Ars
> Electronica (1982) organized by Robert Adrian - the Vancouver
> node of this project was co-organized by Bill Bartlett who in
> 1979 organized "Interplay" a computer communication
> project for the "Computer Culture" conference in Toronto.
> It is
> alleged to be the first artistic use of the I.P.Sharp
> (IPSA) Network.
> In 1985 Norman T. White developed "Hearsay" a telecommunication
> event, - a text - a children's game - a secret message
> whispered from
> person to person, till it arrives back to its originator.
> The message was
> sent around the world in 24 hours via a global computer
> The renowned Planetary Network shown at the Venice BIennale
> (1986) is also mentioned by Annick. For the first 2 weeks 24
> locations around the world contributed to a daily program,
> for the rest
> of the Biennale free user accounts were provided by the I.P.
> computer- timesharing network.
> Compared to the above our modest Videobridge in 1991
> included performances by students of Ontario Collage of Art ,
> York University, Toronto as well as students and artists ,
> University of Fine art, the University of Applied Arts,
> and Balazs Bela
> Studio, Budapest,.
> I don't know how the big global projects became a reality
> - only know our complications: Hank Bull from Vancouver
> lent me his video phone, I took it to Budapest - OCAD
> had another phone which we used on the Toronto end
> - we conducted several tests till it all worked.
> The performing students were aware of the ten second
> delay and adjusted their performances in the Euclid
> Theater accordingly. With the amplified sound and large
> projections we achieved a beautiful event for larger
> audiences both in Toronto and Budapest.
> Hungarian National television broadcast Videobridge.
> Obviously, there are many other significant examples -
> this personal note confirms that it takes "about 20 years
> (a generation?) before history is being built" ...
> My secret ambition however is to develop a project around
> this particular obsolete technology - we shall see if it
> reality - comments are welcome.
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