Steve Dietz on 19 Mar 2001 18:18:39 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] RE: <nettime> Carl Loeffler (was: net art history)

Loeffler did die. Just before Feb. 7. Besides founding art com, he
also helped organize a conference in 1980 at SFMOMA called Artists'
Use of Telecommunications. Anna Couey has a good article about his
work and related pre-web telecommunications art and there is an
archive of some of the online texts at:


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> On Fri, 16 Mar 2001, Tilman Baumgaertel wrote:
> > Murphy, you mention Carl Loeffler, and that he died
> recently, a fact of
> > which I wasn't aware. In my research on early, pre-internet
> > telecommunication art I kept encountering his name. He
> edited an issue of
> > Leonardo Magazine on telecommunication art and started the
> > newsgroup - that is as much as I know of him.
> I'm beginning to think I imagined his death. I know I read an obit
> somewhere, probably Wired News, but searches have brought
> no mention.
> There's not much from him past 1996. If my report of his death was
> exaggerated I apologize. Even if that is the case it's
> still strange that
> so many people don't know what happened to him. He was
> still running the
> newsgroup and teaching (I think) at Carnegie Mellon
> in Pittsburgh
> around 1993. His concept of a "virtual museum" was an
> influence on me
> early on and I've been interested in these earlier theories
> of virtuality
> lately.
> Me thinks a great many names are in the process of being
> "expunged" right
> now by American art museums, galleries and magazines as
> they write the
> history of "art in a technological age..."
> Rob
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