Distance Between Us: Archival Exhibition & Symposium

taken from Open Space archives
Distance Between Us: Archival Exhibition & Symposium
Open Space, 510 Fort Street, 2nd floor
Friday, February 2, 2018, 12:00 pm to Saturday, March 17, 2018, 5:00 pm

Exhibition dates: 2 February - 17 March, 2018
Symposium: Friday 23 February, 7:00pm - 10:00pm and Saturday 24 February, 11:00am - 5:00pm
Artists: Peggy Cady, Bill Bartlett, Patrick Lichty, Kerri Flannigan
Curators: Doug Jarvis, Megan Quigley
Distance Between Us: Archival Exhibition & Symposium is an exploration into the past, present, and future use of telecommunications technology by artists and artist-run centres. Inspired by early works from Open Spaces 45+ years of program records and archives, this project highlights projects by artists that contribute to the development of media arts and public engagement.
Distance Between Us looks specifically at the use of slow-scan television-- an early image broadcasting system originally presented at Open Space during the Collaboratory curatorial program in 1978 led by Peggy Cady and Bill Bartlett. They made early telecommunications technologies, including pre-internet, text-based networks, accessible to youth as well as the general public in the context of international artist projects and local youth art and education programs. This work laid the groundwork for future artists, and artist-run centre research with technology and has inspired more recent interest by media arts researchers and contemporary artists working with video.
The exhibition will feature archival videos and ephemera from the late 1970s that was generated through the work of Bill Bartlett and Peggy Cady, demonstrating the often curious use of video cameras and slow-scan ROBOT transmitters to share images across the phone-lines. Archival offerings will compliment more recent works by Kerri Flannigan, who has been experimenting with slow-scan video in her collaborative Feeling Measurements media-arts residency at Open Space over the last 6-months. Artist and researcher Patrick Lichty will present some new works building on the history of slow-scan video and the international context that this medium stimulated.
The symposium will investigate the devices and processes that produce slow-scan video as well as critically engage the ideas and theories that motivated its use as an artist medium and as a means of engaging the public in a process of humanizing technology.
Reference resources:
Telecom History ProjectOUTERSPACE
VIVO Media Arts - Video tape digitization
The Digitization of Audio tapes
Telecommunications projects