William Gibson talks about the Internet in 1997, BBC’s The Net…
A Hole in Space LA-NY, 1980 – Artists Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz created a ‘hole in space,’ or what they described as a telecollaborative project that utilized satellites to stream true-to-life-scale video feeds between public spaces on either coast or large scale monitors, this was 30 some odd years before any of this became standard. The following is a video tape document of an unannounced, live two-way satellite transmission which took place between Los Angelese and New York city on November 12, 13 and 14, 1980 for two hours.
“Media Burn integrates performance, spectacle and media critique, as Ant Farm stages an explosive collusion of two of America’s most potent cultural symbols: the automobile and television. On July 4, 1975, at San Francisco’s Cow Palace, Ant Farm presented what they termed the “ultimate media event.” In this alternative Bicentennial celebration, a “Phantom Dream Car”—a reconstructed 1959 El Dorado Cadillac convertible—was driven through a wall of burning TV sets.”
more documentation here
Andreas Feininger, The Photojournalist, 1955
“Cycle of Experimental Art”, (1968), Rosario, Argentina by Graciela Carnevale:
In the context of Fascist Argentina, Carnevale invited an audience to an exhibition where she locked them inside the gallery for over an hour without prior notice or explanation, until the crowd finally decided to smash the glass to escape.
Constantin Brancusi, Prometheus, c. 1926-27, Gelatin silver print
[some other incredible Brancusi’s photographs here]
Self portrait by Felix Nadar, 1865 ca.
[via the retronaut]
The book reader of the future (April, 1935 issue of Everyday Science and Mechanics)