Hole in Space, 1980
1.Synchronized two channel (large screen) Installation
2.Documentary video, 30 mins
Courtesy of the artists
See also this interview with Kathy Rae Huffman in which she talks about this piece.Â
Hole in Space is described by its creators as a Public Communication Sculpture. It was the first coast to coast (NYC â€“ LA) encounter for the â€˜publicâ€™ to not only see each other, but communicate live, over three evenings in November of 1980, using TV transmission technology. In Los Angeles the project was sponsored by the Broadway department store who allowed the use of one of their storefront windows. In New York the project was at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Both locations were very active pedestrian zones. It was important to the artists that the work was not announced through the art press; they wanted an unexpected audience of passers-by. The first day was about discovery; by the third day word of mouth and television coverage created mob scenes at both locations.
It is recreated in the gallery as a one hour edited version of the original six hours of broadcast time, as two large facing screens representing Los Angeles and New York participants. The installation also includes, on the monitor, the more descriptive documentary of the project, first shown at The Long Beach Museum of Art, in 1980.
Since 1975 Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz have worked together on projects which question communication; in the course of this they developed work in the context of a democratic alternative media movement which led them to found the Electronic C.A.F.E. (â€˜Communication Access For Everyoneâ€™) in 1989. The Electronic Cafe consisted of various Internet-enabled locations on the West coast of the United States.