Telecom History Project: OUTERSPACE

Telecom History Project: OUTERSPACE
Tuesday, September 27, 2005, 5:00 pm

 Telecom History Project: OUTERSPACE

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The Telecom History Project, OUTERSPACE made a presentation at Refresh! First International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology at the Banff Centre, September 28–October 3, 2005.

The presentation took place on Saturday, October 1, between 2:45 and 4:45 p.m. MST.
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Presenters: Todd Davis, Jeremy Turner, Douglas Jarvis

Abstract: SAT-TEL-COMP (Satellite-Telephone-Computer) — Beginnings of multi-dimensional artist networks through the connectivity of (technological) telecommunication devices and human dialogue.

The history of Open Space's SAT-TEL-COMP and Bill Bartlett's Direct Media Association (1974–2984) and other COLLABORATORY curatorials set the groundwork for a communications network between artists, engineers, and early information technology systems.

We have come to reassess the ideals of production and imagery through and analysis of the following: the interaction of regional and local art, government-supported networks with the international art world, new media's historical use of the satellite as a precursor to the Internet and streaming video, and the use of slow-scan television during the period of 1978 through 1981. This is ultimately where it has led us in today's world of variable media.

This paper contextualized the networks, personal computer, and other pertinent technologies within theses early telecommunication collaborations between artists and technology. This presentation also explored such aspects as the early satellite, telephone and computer equipment used in the development of these artistic networks, and the projects that contributed to the globalisation of technology.

This project was supported by the British Columbia Museums Association through the British Columbia Arts Council.