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15 November 1996

Telematic Scheming

I went to a gallery exhibit of Paul Sermon's Telematic Dreaming. The piece consisted of two beds in different cities; the image of one bed was projected onto the other so that one could "interact" with the person on the other bed.

Telematic Dreaming is depicted in print as a serious, reflective piece, which I suppose is what it was meant to be. In practice, though, it was like being at a teenagers' party. Everyone was performing for the audience of onlookers around the bed, there was a lot of giggling and sniggering. I suppose that's the nature of many experiments: they rarely work, and when they do the results aren't necessarily the ones intended. For me, Telematic Dreaming works best as I first experienced it: in print.

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