Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz, Hole In Space

For three days in November of 1980, Hole-In-Space allowed strangers in Century City LA and outside Licoln Center in New York to communicate in real time via life-sized television screens. Created by artists Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz — well before the time of Skype, Facetime and ChatRoulette — the installation allowed people “to see, hear, and speak with each other as if encountering each other on the same sidewalk.” Today, video chats are often private even when taking place in public space. Yet Hole-In-Space fundamentaly functions, and delights, through its publicness.

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