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public-access network of kiosks
for the people of New York City,
incorporating WWW and
and serving cable TV.
[click on options to activate]
is a network of Web kiosks installed in locations
in Manhattan which are accessible to the public. At each kiosk, users
can browse the Web, make instantaneous contact with other sites using
Web Video (see the live ParkBench
StudioCam), and engage in collaborative creative action using the
shared whiteboard. The ParkBench home pages will guide users to
community and cultural information.
ASHS on ParkBench
We are collaborating with ASHS (Auxiliary Services for High
Schools) of the New York City Board of Education to install
kiosks at eight sites distributed throughout the five boroughs.
Students will use the network to communicate with one another, create
collaborative projects (including a newsletter); students will act as
hosts at the public kiosk sites, introducing new users to the technology,
while showing off their work.
- Over the past year we have
experimented with Web Video as a performance and communication medium.
- Live Wednesday Night Web Performances
- Digital Performance
- Alice Sat
Here wireless telerobotic installation.
will be child- and
wheelchair-accessible, and will be equipped with a canopy to protect
and user from the elements. ParkBench is a work-in-progress, by New
York University Center for Digital Multimedia artists-in-residence Nina
- "Four Bones Coolness
GetOnline's Gollywood Server Push Animation Festival, January, 1996.
- "ParkBench Sculpting Performances": The Acid-free
edited by Kevin Smith, v. 1, No. 4 January, 1996. Net Culture section.
- "The Buzz," by Sobell and Hartzell, TalkBack!
edited by Robert Atkins. Issue #1 December, 1995.
- "Art On Line," by Robert Atkins, Art in America cover
story, v. 83, No. 12 December, 1995. p. 64.
- "Do You Mind if I Sit Here?" by Kimberly Neuhaus, I.
D. Magazine v. 42, No. 2 March-April, 1995. p. 24.
- "ParkBench," Artists' Pages by Emily Hartzell and Nina Sobell,
Felix: Landscape(s) v. 2, No.1, 1995. pp. 302-5.
- Nina Sobell is an artist who first began to use
electronics when she videotaped participants' undirected interactions with
giant movable sculptures as her Master's
Thesis from Cornell in 1971. Her
work in the field since then has included an interactive public-access
video/EEG interface, public-access
videophone interface, and the installation of a matrix of
oscillating cameras in
a NYC storefront. With ParkBench she adds the functions of the internet
to the videophone in order to continue to create mediating architectures
which the public can take over and put to their own uses. In addition,
she continues to produce sculpture, lithographs, and drawings. Here are
inline images of some recent figurative
- Emily Hartzell is
Artist-in-Residence at NYU's Center for
Digital Multimedia, where she is
developing public-access ParkBench Web kiosks. She has pioneered the use of
real-time video on the Web through a series of Monday Night
Performances. She received her MFA in Computer Art from the School of
Visual Arts, and produces on Mac and UNIX platforms. She is currently
working in Web design, multimedia production, and the assembly of
advanced input devices for Digital Image
Design. She graduated
magna cum laude in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard
University, where her focus was on writing and visual literacy.
As a multimedia artist and independent curator, her work has received
favorable reviews. Her work in kiosk design has been reviewed in
numerous arts, design, and technical journals, and she has been invited
to present the project at Cooper Union and Tisch School of the Arts at
New York University.
Here are some inline images of recent photographs.