The World in 24 Hours is a telecommunication project initiated by Robert Adrian. The project linked sites in 15 cities worldwide – Vienna, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Bath, Wellfleet, Pittsburgh, Toronto, San Francisco, Vancouver, Honolulu, Tokyo, Sydney, Istanbul, Florence, Athens – with Linz, host of the 1982 Ars Electronica Festival.
Running from 12:00 September 27 to 12:00 September 28 1982, artistic groups in each of the 15 cities were given a specific slot, dependent on their timezone, to connect to Adrian’s team in Linz, using a combination of SSTV, computer communication and telefacsimile. Tthe team in Linz contacted each location at 12:00 local time. They then had one hour to exchange material with the Linz team.
Robert Adrian hoped that the World in 24 Hours would set a precedent for the use of telecommunication networks in facilitating artistic collaboration worldwide. For this reason, the project relied on relatively accessible telecommunication mediums.
The World in 24 Hours demonstrates mid-deep hybridity. Through its use of varying telecommunication mediums, it facilitated connections between artistic groups located all over the world and enabled them to collaborate in real-time.
The project was highly collaborative, with Linz acting as a central node to bring together a remote artistic network. Though the remote teams weren’t connected to each other, they were connected through their participation in the overall 24 hour project. The artists collaborated in real time across multiple global locations, increases feelings of connection amongst remote participants.
Utilising telecommunications networks to produce artworks can make participants feel closer, as they collaborate on a tangible work of art that materialised in Linz.
- Concept and network organisation: Robert Adrian
- Organisation in Linz: Robert Adrian, Waltraut Cooper, Norbert Hinterberger
- Participants in Linz : Gerald Hackenberg, Gabi Holzhaider, Moidi Kretschmann, Carl Pichler, Jörg Mikesch, Otto Mittmannsgruber
- Organisation in Vienna: Helmut Mark. Participants in Vienna included Markus Geiger, Ruth Labak, Alice Weber, Heimo Zobernig