I'd be very happy to hear people's experiences of mail art and -
especially examples of mail artists who went on to try faxing and then
internet communication networks to distribute their work.
And are there any other important technological or artistic precursors to
online arts communities that we haven't covered?
On 07/10/2013 03:20, "Paul Brown" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>A point on the early internet:
>I got my first email account in 1984 using a 300-baud audio-coupled modem.
> I was working as a consultant to Bond Corp. in Perth (I was in London)
>was one of a team developing a large digital LED screen to hang on the
>of one of his airships. He (his lieutenants) insisted all consultants had
>email for real-time reporting - real innovation for that time.
>There wasn't much to do back then - the main use for me was a fax gateway
>I could email the gateway and my message was then faxed to the recipient
>who could fax back and I would get an email reply. It was a private
>(most probably gated into Bitnet?) and pretty closed. Some discussion of
>the difference between Bitnet and Arpanet may be interesting? I think the
>WELL was on Bitnet??? Here are the three addresses of fineArt forum from
>vol.1 No. 18, August 28, 1987:
> ARPANET: [log in to unmask]
> BITNET: FINEART@umaecs
> CSNET: [log in to unmask]
>That issues also also gave a direct dial-in line and the first item is
>the instructions for use:
>Some network game stuff (MUD-like) was going on in 1977-79. Steve Bell
>involved (we were both at the Slade at that time) and may know more. I'm
>not sure if he monitors this list. I seem to remember the late Douglas
>Adams was also involved (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) - he was doing
>scripts for Dr. Who back then.
>Also - has anybody brought mail art into this discussion? It was big in
>the 1960-70's and an important precursor to first fax art,
>telecommunications art and then net art.
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