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from robin oppenheimer

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Sarah Cook <[log in to unmask]>

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Sarah Cook <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 27 Mar 2007 12:57:10 +0100

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this email got lost in the shuffle, but after much delay, here is a  
report on the show which closed last week at western front in  
vancouver....

Begin forwarded message:

>>>>
>>>> Western Front, Vancouver, Canada
>>>> Before the Internet: Networks and Art
>>>> Curated by Peter Courtemanche and Candice Hopkins
>>>> February 3 - March 10, 2007
>>>>
>>>> I'm a Ph.D. student in the School of Interactive Arts and
>>>> Technology (SIAT) at Simon Fraser U., having spent over 25 years
>>>> in the media arts field as the Executive Director of two U.S.
>>>> media arts centers in Atlanta and Seattle. I thought I'd write
>>>> some brief impressions of this show after attending the opening
>>>> recently.
>>>>
>>>> I liked the diverse presentation of documents and the intimacy of
>>>> the show, set up in two adjacent rooms. There are DVDs of historic
>>>> slow-scan works, a video projection of early video works ("Colour
>>>> Bar Research" was running), two fax machines that have historic
>>>> faxes of WienCouver and other fax art shows spewing out of them,
>>>> historic print documents such as typewritten letters from
>>>> Intermedia reporting on their activities to a funder mounted on
>>>> the walls at eye-level, twin videophones that capture your image
>>>> live so you can get a sense of how slow-scan looks and feels, and
>>>> a reading table with various documents that can be looked at when
>>>> wearing white gloves. As someone who knows this history pretty
>>>> well, I was impressed with the variety of "old" media displayed.
>>>> It is an exhibition you need to spend time with, as you read and
>>>> watch and listen (with headphones) and absorb all the displayed
>>>> fragments that then start to reveal the multiple entangled
>>>> histories and artists and institutions.
>>>>
>>>> Many of the displayed documents are just like those old
>>>> typewritten reports and letters we veterans in the media arts
>>>> field have sitting in our file drawers, probably now in storage
>>>> boxes if we're lucky, and it felt strange to see them displayed as
>>>> art on the walls. But they really are rare, historic artifacts of
>>>> that time before email and the Internet when we actually wrote
>>>> letters on paper using typewriters, and faxing was a new way of
>>>> communicating. This is an important history that I'm happy to see
>>>> being preserved and presented at Western Front, which is itself a
>>>> historic institution that continues to support new art as it
>>>> reminds us of its groundbreaking past.
>>>>
>>>> Sincerely,
>>>>
>>>> Robin Oppenheimer

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