Alan Sondheim on Wed, 11 Dec 2013 02:22:22 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime> even in the u.s. -

even in the u.s. - i was in Providence in the late 60s/early 70s doing computer art, showing in 71; there were people working with lightshows earlier than that. these histories are all canonic histories and ignore - at least in this country - a lot of what went on. chris funkhouser's Prehistoric Digital Poetry covers some of this ground. and this stuff sloughs off into people who built video and sound synthesizers using analog computer components - we built one of the latter in 68 from scratch. it's like the 'history' of electronic lit in this country - things like irc/newgroups/bbs/moo and mud programming are usually excluded. what's needed is a monumental, encyclopedic, and generous accounting for as much as possible world-wide, not this focus on media artists who happened to grab media attention. i should mention that so much was visible from MIT, San Francisco, NYC, LA, etc., that regional work was almost entirely ignored.

- Alan

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