Kit Galloway

Kit Galloway, co-founder of the Electronic Café with Sherrie Rabinowitz ::: Monday, April 24, 6:00pm-7:00pm (PDT) / 9:00pm-10:00pm (EDT) ::: Networked Conversations is hosted by Randall Packer ::: live & online via Internet chat.

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| About Kit Galloway |

The Electronic Café
The Electronic Café, Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival, 1984

Kit Galloway (b. 1948) and Sherrie Rabinowitz (1950-2013) are recognized as artists who pioneered performance, installation and socially-engaged networked art. Dating back to the 1970s, they were among the first artists to begin exploring communications art and dance performance through satellite technologies, beginning with the 1977 Satellite Arts Project funded by NASA. Their seminal and best known work, Hole-in-Space from 1980, represented one of the earliest examples of live, telecommunications art installations. They setup two large projection screens: one at Lincoln Center in New York City, the other at Century City in Los Angeles, to connect remote audiences 3,000 miles apart in a shared networked “third space.” This was years before Webconferencing and video chat became popularized.

Four years later, Galloway and Rabinowitz founded the Electronic Café in a project commissioned by the LA Museum of Contemporary Art in conjunction with the 1984 Olympics Art Festival in Los Angeles. The event joined LA MOCA with cafés and restaurants in LA: effectively opening up a “hole in space” connecting culturally diverse and geographically separated communities. People at the sites exchanged drawings, photos, poems, and messages via a dedicated network. The Electronic Café was essentially the prototypical “cybercafé,” nearly ten years before the Web would become a mass medium and even before email was used by the mainstream public. The artists’ commitment to using technologies to enhance community interaction led them to establish a permanent space in Santa Monica, where the Electronic Café became internationally known as a center for events, exhibitions, and performances dedicated to communications art.

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| About Networked Conversations |

Networked Conversations is a series of live, online interviews hosted by Randall Packer, a presentation of the Third Space Network. The series features media artists, curators, writers, and activists discussing a broad range of topics at the intersection of social, political and aesthetic issues relevant to net culture. Networked Conversations collapses geographical and cultural boundaries via participatory Internet chat, and is free & open & accessible from anywhere in the world.

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