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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 Com Electronic Network: A Conversation with Fred Truck and Anna Couey

Art Com Electronic Network: A Conversation with Fred Truck and Anna Couey

(p.191) 12 Art Com Electronic Network: A Conversation with Fred Truck and Anna Couey
Social Media Archeology and Poetics

Judy Malloy

The MIT Press

Initiated by Carl Loeffler, Director of the San Francisco artspace La Mamelle/Art Com, who had been working on artists' telecommunications projects since the 1977 Send/Receive Project, Art Com Electronic Network (ACEN) was implemented on The WELL by artist Fred Truck in the Spring of 1986. Loeffler's vision was to create an online environment for contemporary art that included electronic publication of art journals; an art-centered conferencing system; and interactive publication of computer-mediated artworks and electronic literature. How Loeffler and Truck began a collaboration that resulted in an historic social media platform; how ACEN brought artists online; published text art and electronic literature, including John Cage‘s First Meeting of the Satie Society and Judy Malloy's Uncle Roger; and mounted a travelling exhibition of artists software, is detailed in this interview with Fred Truck -- with the participation of Anna Couey, who began editing Art Com Magazine online in 1990.

Keywords:   Social Media - History, Social Media - Creative Practice, Carl Loeffler, Art Com Electronic Network, The WELL, Fred Truck, Anna Couey, Electronic Publication, Electronic Literature, Artists Software

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