|The Vienna participation in the "Artists' Use of Telecomm" conference was organised by Robert Adrian and Grita Insam as the closing event of the exhibition by Robert Adrian at the Modern Art Galerie, 16. Jan. - 16 Feb. 1980.
This exhibition included the mail art exchange (WIENCOUVER II) between Vienna and Vancouver (Push Art Gallery).
The communication between Vienna and Vancouver during the conference was the first telecommunication event in the "WIENCOUVER" series.
Participants in Vienna:
Robert Adrian & Grita Insam (org.) with Ernst Caramelle, Valie Export, Karl Kowanz, Richard Kriesche, Helmut Mark & Peter Weibel.
Museum coordinator: Dieter Schrage
ARTISTS' USE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE
February 16, 1980 - Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Vienna.
TRANSLATED FROM THE VIENNA ANNOUNCEMENT:
"In the program of the exhibition "Video Made In Austria" (Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts), a station will be installed to make participation in a world-wide computer conference possible."
"The conference will take place on Saturday 16. February at 19:00 (San Francisco 10:00, Tokyo 03:00)."
"A computer terminal for access to the time-sharing system of I.P.Sharp Associates and equipment for LIVE Video (slow scan) will be installed in Vienna for communication with Tokyo, Vancouver, Hawaii, New York, Boston etc."
The idea of the organisors is to create a "Telecommunication Space" in which all the participating stations are simultaneously present and able to communicate with each other.
"During the conference data will be exchanged about the use of telecommunications technology (tv, satellites, computers, video, audio and other electronic systems) in contemporary art."
"Vienna, as the only station in Europe, must present the problems confronting European artists working with the new communication technology."