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TheAbstracts section o f Leonardo is intended to be a rapad publicationf m m . Texts can be up to 750words in length with no illustrations, or up to 500 words in h g t h w'th one black-and-whiteillustration. Abstracts are acceptedfor publication upon the recommendationofany one member o f the Leonardo Editorial Board, who will thenforward them to the Main Editorial Office with his or her endorsement. THEELECTRONIC MURAL PROJECT Judith Mayer, c/o Scofield and Pixley, 2261 MarketStreet,Suite330, San Francisco,CA, 94110,USA. Fax: 415648 -3202. Received 21 August 1992. Solicited by Patricia Bentson. Acceptedforpublication by RogerF. Malina. The Electronic Mural project is a global tele-interactiveart network that allows artists in different locations to create artworks together, as if they were in the same room taking turns working on the same canvas. The network is a common electronic meeting place-a forum for self-expression,exploration and collaboration . The mural project links geographicallyand culturallydiverse communitiesthrough computer and telecommunicationsnetworks. At the SIGGRAPH'92Art Show, sponsored by ACMSIGGRAPH,the ElectronicMural project featured the use of an Integrated ServicesDigital Network (ISDN),public telephone-system technology that enablesthe simultaneous transmission of voice, image and data in digitalform over one telephone line.For the ElectronicMural at SIGGRAPH '92, the use of ISDN linesallowed the realtime transmission of text,graphics,paintings ,video and other multimedia elementsas they were created through the use of off-the-shelfApple Macintosh hardware and software applications.The network connected artists at sitesin Chicago (whereSIGGRAPH'92was held), in the San Francisco BayArea (sponsoredby Pacific Bell and SanJose State University's Computersin Art, Design,Research and Education [CADRE] Institute),in Toronto (sponsored by Bell Canada,Inter/Access and the Ontario TelepresenceProject, Universityof Toronto) and in Tokyo (sponsoredby Nippon Telegraphand Telephone).Internationaldata lines were provided by AT&TSwitched Digital International. Electronic Mural, I acquired and coordinated the participation of all remote ISDN sites, provided the technical expertise to set up, configure and test the ISDN network, arranged for the loan of hardware and software,and provided the artistic and conceptual frameworkfor the project.Visitors As the producer-director of the Fig. 1.JudithMayer andothem,screen view of the Electronic M u r a l ,global teleintemctiveart network ,1992. from Chicago, Tokyo,SanFrancisco andToronto,on computersconnected throughISDNtelephone lines, created onein aneventatthe SIGGRAPH'92Art Show. collaboratingartipts collagessuchasthis approaching the Electronic Mural installation at SIGGRAPH '92 saw a familiarview of a computer screenwith a graphics program "projected"over a l6monitor videowall. They could hear the participatingartists at the various sitesworld-wide talking as they worked-the artiststoldjokes, chatted about the weather and made comments about theirjoint creation as it emerged on the videowall. The final creationsranged from collages (Fig. 1) to individualinterpretations of a single image. For example, artists in Tokyo sent a profile drawing of a geisha over the network.Artists in San Francisco made her into a "glamour puss" complete with a beauty mark and sunglassesthat resembled the Golden Gate Bridge! Another collage was created from video "grabs"of participating artists' tattoos. Artists and others interested in learning more about the Electronic Mural or about future collaborationscan contact Judith Mayer, c/o Scofield and Pixley, 2261 Market Street, Suite 330, San Francisco, CA, 94110, U.S.A. Tel: 415648 -1008.Fax: 415-648-3202. PAINTING THE UNIVERsE Glynn Gorick, 113 Hemingford Rd., Cambridge CBl 3BY, United Kingdom. Received 23November 1992. Acceptedfm publication by RogerF. Malina. A 5-ft-squareoil painting that I completed in 1992 represents a part of the material universe drawn to a logarithmic scale from small subatomic space in the centre to large outer space at the rim (Fig. 2).This version has a scale from cm to lo*cm. My first intention was to show a full range of to lop8 cm and to attempt to represent subatomic particles, the relative size of space inside atoms and between stars, and the clumpy texture of the largescale universe. Earth's crust is silicon,and as most of this silicon is found in quartz, I chose this material for the center of the image. A symmetrical array of white cm As the most common element in the 250 LEONARDO, Vo1.26,No. 3, pp. 250-255.1993 0...


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