Hole-in-the-Space by Galloway and Rabinowitz (1980)
Imagine walking on an ordinary weekday, taking your usual route to school, when suddenly out of the corner of your eye, behind the glass windows of a display a full-sized screen with images of moving people catches your attention. Without a warning, in the early years of internet connection, people on the streets of New York City and Los Angelos were given a portal to communicate. My class was introduced to this art piece by Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz called Hole-In-Space (HIS) (1980) during a lecture on Telematic Installation. The premise of telematic art is the transmission of information across geographic distances and audio and visual data were the two types of data transmitted between the two U.S. cities for 2-hour periods lasting a week in the month of November 1980. Shock and intrigue ensured that the portal was put to good use. For the first time, family members and friends separated by the distance could see one another instantaneously and communicate. Relationships between strangers were formed. Without any help from the artists, people were able to understand the abilities of the piece and create their own use for it. The instant success of it displayed an intrinsic need to bridge distances and form connections. While we unconsciously know that there is a whole world out there the idiom ‘seeing is believing’ holds true.