Greg Borenstein

‘LO': October 29, 1969

A multimedia monument to birth of the Internet.

Classes
Frame By Frame: Creation and Manipulation of the Moving Image,Materials and Building Strategies


A multimedia sculpture that tells the story of the first internet transmission between UCLA and Stanford on October 29, 1969, dramatizing especially the interaction between the counterculture and the military industrial complex that was key to the formation of our contemporary technoculture. Two half-cube miniature scenes with projection and electronic screens represent the two labs.

User Scenario
Two halves of a diagonally sliced cube are separated by a few feet. Within each cube is a miniature room. One room is UCLA: all smooth white, where suited men lean over a titanic mainframe computer. The other is Stanford's Augment lab: funky long-haired hippie-types sit over terminals that look like contemporary computers, there's Salvador Dali prints on the walls, everything is psychedelic colors. On the Stanford side someone ismtyping into a terminal sending letters down the nascent Internet to UCLA. An 'L' appears on their terminal and a second later shows up at UCLA. There is excited milking about. Then an 'O'. Even more excitement. Suddenly, though, the screens are wrenched with static. A crash.

Implementation
The sculptures external containers will be made from white plexi. The furnishings of the UCLA side will also be made from laser etched white plexi. The Augment side will be filled with dollhouse furniture and furnishings. The computer screens will be executed with OLED screens controlled by arduinos. The figures will be done with small projections onto scrim stretched within the pieces. The pieces will communicate with each other over a serial line stretched across a series of miniature telephone polls between them.