[NetBehaviour] We're still alive

Johannes Birringer Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk
Fri Jan 22 20:49:32 CET 2021

dear all
well, not sure how alive i feel right now, but these comments made here were refreshing and also pertinent, it seems there is a need (in the day and age of
current Zoom stuff) or at least a potential to remember history and cycles, or the track back to early adapters and folks we remember paving the way -- indeed remote performance and early telematics goes back a whole while (Suzon Fuks contacted me last December to ask me when I did my first telematic performance, and i think it was in 1999 or 2000 -- very clunky and very much fun, and I was younger of course, did not know what I was doing with multi-sited a/synchronous remote dance-  though Hellen Sky taught me a lot). 

But last night, it was riveting to partake in Mark Coniglio and Dawn Stoppiello's Troika Ranch/Troikatronix Guru talk session on Past and Future "remoteness"... 

and Dawn and Mark showed some old footage (now archived in California) of their early work, and they told the story of bumping into Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz at the Electronic Cafe (1980) when the latter prepared the 3-day remote performance of "Hole in the Space"  --- I didn't realize our friends Mark and Dawn were there, and I was too young to know anything about these early pre-Internet satellite performance hook ups.   Wonderful stuff.  (I think Steve Dixon records these events in a chapter on "Conjoining Remote Performance Spaces" in his book (with Barry Smith) on "Digital Performance." pp. 419 ff. )  
Mark noted that Kit and Sherrie's work is not remembered enough, and I very much tend to agree. Thanks to Mark and Dawn!

Johannes Birringer

From: NetBehaviour <netbehaviour-bounces at lists.netbehaviour.org> on behalf of Ruth Catlow via NetBehaviour <netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org>

So good!
Thanks for this burst of bitter-sweetness Edward.

Reminds me of a couple of years back when I participated as an artist in residence alongside a short course about art and the internet. The (fantastic) course leader presented work by people who we all know (and some members of this list) in the same way I had been taught about the abstract expressionists. It was a very strange sensation like getting my foot caught in history.


On Thu, Jan 21, 2021 at 7:25 PM Edward Picot via NetBehaviour <netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org<mailto:netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org>> wrote:
I was just talking via Zoom to a student named Aidan Walker, who's
writing a research project about New Media literature at Reed College in
Oregon. He got in touch to talk to me about my version of Thirteen Ways
of Looking at a Blackbird. At first he was just researching new media
literature online, he said, and he was intending to write his project
without doing any interviews, but then it occurred to him - 'A lot of
you guys are still alive'.

That sense of suddenly belonging to a previous generation! Whoosh!


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