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this blog is nina wenhart's collection of resources on the various histories of new media art. it consists mainly of non or very little edited material i found flaneuring on the net, sometimes with my own annotations and comments, sometimes it's also textparts i retyped from books that are out of print.

it is also meant to be an additional resource of information and recommended reading for my students of the prehystories of new media class that i teach at the school of the art institute of chicago in fall 2008.

the focus is on the time period from the beginning of the 20th century up to today.

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2008-12-14

>> Gruppe FOK, "Teleklettergarten", 2003

http://tkg.co.at.tt/

"A Kletterwand as a giant computer keyboard—this climbing wall (like the one alpinists use to train for a vertical ascent) has a computer keyboard integrated into it. Touching one of its 64 keys causes the corresponding program command to be executed on a local processor. The radio-equipped climbers obey the instructions of an operator. Experts from two fields—programming and mountain climbing—come together, and have to work together. The act of climbing introduces time delays and physical exertion into the otherwise instantaneous processes of programming and digital data processing."

video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0b0Z9qM5jI (starts at TC 1:15, ends at 2:35, language: german)


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