Send/Receive Satellite Network: Phase I (1977) color, sound, 25 min. (co-producer:Liza Bear)
2 minute excerpt
Send/Receive Satellite Network: Phase I
Color, sound, 25 min.
Co-producer: Liza Béar
(2 minute excerpt)
A primer in satellite system operation, Send/Receive extends the critique of media as commodity by asking questions concerning the people’s right to access satellites. The objective of Send/Receive was specifically to connect groups of artists on the East and West Coasts via public satellite, and it was the first artist-initiated project to do so. Part I presents an in-depth study of the politics and possibilities of using satellite networks to establish a two-way communication system for public use, as opposed to the industry-driven, militaristic and mass media uses to which satellites are currently restricted. Part 2 excerpts a live satellite feed between New York City and San Francisco.
Liza Béar collaborated with Keith Sonnier on the pioneering media work Send/Receive Satellite Network: Phase I and Send/Receive Satellite Network: Phase II, 1977, which used a NASA systems operation to demonstrate the possibility of establishing a two-way communication system for public use and to oppose government and military control of public access to information. Phase II provided a live satellite feed between groups of artists in New York City and San Francisco.