[talks] /@rts: Wolfgang Staehle, Tuesday, 3/6/07

Adam Finkelstein af at CS.Princeton.EDU
Mon Mar 5 22:55:19 EST 2007

Talk announcement for SlashArts - tomorrow afternoon:

Wolfgang Staehle
Tuesday, March 6, 4:30 pm
Jimmy Stewart Theater
185 Nassau Street

Wolfgang Staehle was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1950. He attended  
the Freie Kunstschule, in Stuttgart, and in 1976 he moved to New York  
to attend the School of Visual Arts, New York (BFA) where he studied  
closely with the Conceptual Artist Joseph Kosuth.

After a successful career in various New York in European galleries  
in the 1980s, Staehle decided to work collectively, and in 1991 he  
founded The Thing, an innovative online forum for artists and  
cultural workers. The Thing began as a Bulletin Board System (BBS), a  
form of online community dialogue used before the advent of the World  
Wide Web. By the late 90s, The Thing grew into a diverse online  
community made up of dozens of members' Web sites, mailing lists, a  
successful Web hosting service, a community studio in Chelsea, and  
the first Web site devoted to Net Art, bbs.thing.net.

In 1996, Staehle began to produce an ongoing series of live online  
video streams. The first of these works was Empire 24/7, a continuous  
recording of the top one-third of the Empire State Building that is  
broadcast live over the Internet. Staehle has followed Empire 24/7  
with online streams of other buildings, landscapes and cityscapes  
such as Berlin's Fernsehturm, the Comburg Monastery in Germany, lower  
Manhattan before and after 9/11, and a Yanomami village in the  
Brazilian Amazon. He continues to expand this series while serving as  
the Executive Director of The Thing.


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