Extremely Refrigerated

floating@interport.net
Wed, 13 Sep 1995 20:17:56 -0500


Dear fellow videotelepresence explorers. For the past few months a
few of us here in N.Y.C. have been thinking our heads off, developing a
site specific art installation project designed to investigate the "show
and tell" aspect of the Cuseeme technology.
Our show is proceeding full speed ahead. We have secured a
gallery/broadcasting headquarters at a very cool location, a totally
authentic refrigerated room, a former meat processing plant called "R.
Friend & Co."
The space is on the most picturesque block in the meat market, near
a trendy restaurant called "Florent". At the moment we are on a hunt for a
dedicated Reflector site so that the CUseeme part of the show can function
on a more sophisticated level than general public access. We are also
hunting for a telephone line upgrade sponsor to provide a better phone
connection than we currently have access to.
Below I am including two documents which have been going out to
significant contacts in the cyberscene. By the way, the show currently has
a link from the HOTWIRED website: (http://www.hotwired.com/retina/)to our
home page, in an article about Spencer Tunick, one of the artists in the
show

EXTREMELY REFRIGERATED

AUGUST15-SEPT 15 SEPT 15-30
MOBILE SHOW :
STREET EVENTS :
REFRIGERATED TRUCK TOUR. LOCATIONS T.B.A.

OCT 5-15
0CT 5-28

CUseeME SHOW:
GALLERY SHOW :

ONLINE GROUP UPLOAD. 61
Gansevoort St.

http://www.interport.net/~floating

Scheduled to open in Oct.1995: EXTREMELY REFRIGERATED; a site specific
group installation event with electronic hookup, will be a multi-format
investigation of the attributes and implications of the Meat Market
district of Manhattan. A group of over 40 individual artists and various
art groups are already included. Other artists can participate in the show
by preparing a video glimpse of their installation to be broadcast live
during a mass CUseeme video conferencing hookup, details to be announced on
the website http://www.interport.net/~floating. Digital video grabs will
then be archived at the site, specially set up for the event.

Suggested subject matter includes:

1. Industrial food processing and the labor involved in the
preparation and distribution of meat and meat by-products.
2. Consumption.
3. Preservation.
4. Nanotechnology.
5. Putrefaction.
6. Frozen lifeforms.
7. Robotic infestations.
8. "Meat" for sale.

Prior to the exhibition, a mobile refrigerated truck parked in
various locations around manhattan, will bring elements of the upcoming
event to the unsuspecting public. If you are a natural born instigator and
would like to help locate, co-ordinate, and hook up the network of
real-world and/or virtual spaces, or if you already have a space in or
outside the neighborhood to link up the to the event, please contact us at:

E-mail: floating@interport.net
phone - 929-1757

The organizers of this event are seeking individuals with expertise in the
field of digital communication. We are also seeking sponsorship from any
company that could provide access to cellular modem video-conferencing
equipment.

Extremely Refrigerated
431 E. 13th St
P.O. Box #2350
N.Y.C. 10009
____________________________________

PRESS RELEASE:

Contact:
Jeff Gompertz (212) 929-1757
Prema Murthy (718) 383-7634
email: floating@interport.net

EXTREMELY REFRIGERATED
a groundbreaking event merging the worlds of art exhibition and broadcast
communication technologies

EXTREMELY REFRIGERATED; a site specific group installation event with
electronic hookup, will be a multi-format investigation of the attributes
and implications of the Meat Market district of Manhattan. The closest
thing to a formal gallery opening will take place within a fully functional
meat processing plant, recently abandoned. The "cyberspatial" aspect of
the show will take place through prescheduled CUseeme uploading sessions
where the installations will be broadcast live during a mass video
conferencing hookup. Digital video grabs will then be sent to a repository
web page set up for the event.

Prior to the exhibition, a mobile refrigerated truck parked in various
locations around Manhattan, will bring elements of the upcoming event to
the public and will further expound upon the interconnectivity aspect of
the show. Visitors will be encouraged to board the vehicle and to immerse
themselves in a temporary installation. The Truck will dock at cooperating
locations along the route to connect a phoneline and get online on the
road.

Various street activities will take place in late September as well as at
the opening and closing events, with help from the instigational art groups
included in the show. These performance installations will range from the
spectacular to the merely peculiar.

A group of about 30 visual and performance artists/art groups including
Spencer Tunick, Kenny Schacter, Art Attack, and Floating Point Unit have
been selected to interpret this unique collection of cyberspatial, mobile
and interior spaces and address some of the following issues --
consumption, preservation of life forms, the preparation and distribution
of meat and meat by-products, interconnectedness, nanotechnology,
refrigeration, robotic infestations and "Meat" for sale.

Opening: Thursday Oct. 5 Closing party: Saturday, Oct 28