In 1980, HOLE-IN-SPACE installation was presented to pedestrians at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, and passer-by’s at the “The Broadway” department store in Century City Los Angeles. The creators, Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz described their installation as a Public Communication Sculpture. This communication sculpture linked two life size displays through a satellite feed.
After watching “The mother of all video chats: LA-NY, 1980, a Hole in Space” on youtube it was interesting to see the spectators strong emotional reactions to the video installation. At first the crowd corresponds with what initially appeared to be projected images, clearly puzzled by what was presented to them. Conversations begin to erupted as each viewer realizes that they were talking with people, just like themselves, at that very moment but from a different location. It has been documented that upon the initial discovery of the installation, word spread as more people became aware of this amazing communication device that appeared to create simultaneously connection between two very distant locations. At one instants during the clip, there is a excited woman gleefully talking with the projected pedestrians, whom she had not seen for some time. Blowing kisses, overwrought with emotions, bowing down and bursting into tears. It is that moment that you become aware that the distance between these two groups of people had been dissolved.
Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz has created this installation to show that size and bandwidth matter can be used to question and promulgate the emotional effects of communication.
It is fascinating to comprehend, that in this day and age such methods of instant communicating over vast distances was regarded as impossible in the not so distance pass. In homes and office around the world, friends, families and coworkers are able to instantaneously experience these encounters at any moment.
Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz have worked on various pioneering communication projects. This particular installation was funded by The Broadway Department Store, grant from National Endowment for the Arts and numerous companies. In 1989 Galloway and Rabinowitz founded Communication Access For Everyone (C.A.F.E).