The Third Space Network (3SN) is an Internet broadcast channel for the live media arts and creative dialogue hosted and produced by Randall Packer in conjunction with research at the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Networked Conversations a series of Internet chats with pioneering media artists, curators, writers, and activists. Please see recordings of previous conversations below. Words were written by Randall packer for Networked Conversations.
Ruth Catlow & Marc Garrett of Furtherfield
Saturday, August 26
12:00pm – 1:00pm (EDT-US) (UTC-4)
While television has traditionally been a passive medium, programmed media received by the masses, the Videofreex turned the paradigm upside down when they rented the Maple Tree Farm and established Lanesville TV in upstate New York in the early 1970s. It was here, in this setting far removed from the urban bustle of the New York City media center, that they began their experimental television project to forge the first pirate tv station in America.
Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz are widely recognized pioneering artists of communications art. They were among the first artists to begin exploring tele-collaboration with satellite technologies in the 1970s, including their masterwork Hole-in-Space from 1980. In 1984, they founded the Electronic Café, a project commissioned by the LA Museum of Contemporary Art and Olympic Arts Festival, joining cafés and restaurants that connected culturally diverse communities in Los Angeles. People at the sites exchanged drawings, photos, poems, video and fax messages via a dedicated network: nearly ten years before the Web became a mass medium. The artists’ commitment to using technologies to enhance community interaction led them to establish the Electronic Café as an ongoing cultural incubator in Santa Monica, California, where it became internationally known as an influential hub for dialogue, exhibition, and performance dedicated to networked art.
Dutch performance artist Annie Abrahams uses webcam technology to unite participants in the shared electronic third space. In her ground-breaking networked performance The Big Kiss (2008), two performers engage in the act of “kissing” via the network. As with much of Abrahams networked performance art, she questions intimacy and even sexuality in the “telematic embrace,” despite locational separation. She asks: are we “alone together” in our online, virtual relationships, or are we able to form meaningful and deeply human connections through networked interaction and performance.
Gene Youngblood has been arguing for a communications revolution since authoring his seminal book Expanded Cinema in 1970, the first book to consider video as an art form. The term “expanded cinema” has since become generic and the book is considered a classic in media studies.
Youngblood is widely known as a pioneering voice in the media democracy movement, and has been teaching, writing, curating and lecturing on media democracy since the 1970s. Although Expanded Cinema was published just one year after the birth of the Internet in 1969, he foresaw media and communications as a new medium igniting social, cultural and political transformation.
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Networked Conversations is produced by Randall Packer for Zakros InterArts 2017.