Vintage computer needed for #MW2014!

The work of Jenny Holzer will feature as part of this year’s MWX exhibition being held as part of the MW2014 conference in Baltimore. Recognized as one of the most influential artists of the postmodern generation, Holzer’s work initially came to prominence in the late 1970s through her series of Truisms. These text-based artworks have sustained her multi-facetted practice over the intervening years, from printed posters in public spaces to large-scale LED media installations; as well as one of the earliest net art projects, Please Change Beliefs (1995-98), presented via äda’web, the pioneering website of online art curated by Benjamin Weil and designed by Vivian Selbo.

To compliment the new iteration of Holzer’s Truisms project for MW2014, we are interested in the prospect of re-presenting Please Change Beliefs at the conference using a vintage system (CPU, OS, browser) circa 1995-98.

We are putting this community call-out to anyone who would like to assist us to realize this bit of “media archaeology”. If you have a system you can donate, please let us know!

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About Nancy Proctor

Nancy Proctor is Director of The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture and of the MuseWeb Foundation, the new non-profit initiative of Museums and the Web, as well as Co-chair and Co-editor with Rich Cherry of MW’s international conferences and publications. Previously Nancy was Deputy Director of Digital Experience and Communications at the Baltimore Museum of Art (2014-2016), Head of Mobile Strategy and Initiatives at the Smithsonian Institution (2010-2014), and Head of New Media Initiatives at the Smithsonian's American Art Museum (2008-2010). With a PhD in American art history and a background in filmmaking, curation and art criticism, Nancy lectures and publishes widely on technology and innovation in museums, in French and Italian as well as English. Nancy Proctor created her first online exhibition in 1995 and went on to publish the New Art CD-ROM and website of contemporary art in the UK in 1996. She co-founded in 1998 with Titus Bicknell to present virtual tours of innovative exhibitions alongside comprehensive global museum and gallery listings. TheGalleryChannel was later acquired by Antenna Audio, where Nancy led New Product Development from 2000-2008, introducing the company’s multimedia, sign language, downloadable, podcast and cellphone tours. She also directed Antenna’s sales in France from 2006-2007, and worked with the Travel Channel’s product development team. Nancy served as program chair for the Museums Computer Network (MCN) conference 2010-2011, and co-organized the Tate Handheld conference 2008 & 2010. She started, its wiki and podcast series in 2008. She was Digital Editor of Curator: The Museum Journal from 2009-2014, and is now on the Journal's editorial board, as well as on the Board of Directors of the Omnimuseum Project.

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  1. Nancy, are a specific browser, OS, and screen pixel dimensions optimal for this, or could any ca. 1995-1998 machine (maybe a PowerBook 520 with 640×480 grayscale LCD) and, say, Netscape Navigator 3 do the trick?

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