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Social Media Archeology and Poetics$
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Judy Malloy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034654

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034654.001.0001

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Art and Minitel in France in the 1980s

Art and Minitel in France in the 1980s

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Social Media Archeology and Poetics

Annick Bureaud

The MIT Press

The Minitel (French videotex system) is often considered as a “pre-Internet” platform and the art that was created with it as belonging to “network art” and/or “collaborative” practices on a “social media” avant la lettre. In which respect is this true? This article provides an initial map and a typology of minitel-based creative practice by identifying works and documenting its context as it happened in France, compared to other countries. With detailed descriptions of selected works and of the ART ACCES online magazine-gallery project, it proposes an analysis that will be compared to and confront net art, new media art, and current trends in e-publishing.

Keywords:   Social Media - History, Social Media - Creative Practice, Minitel, Minitel-based Creative Practice, Videotex, ART ACCES, New Media Art, France - New Media Art

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