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Roland Graf: Bump Featured as a Pioneering Telepresence Art Work


Bump, one of Stamps Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor Roland Graf’s early media art projects with the col­lec­tive Assocre­ation, has been fea­tured as a pio­neer­ing (pre-net art) artis­tic work in the ARS on the WIRE, 40 Years Ars Elec­tron­ica exhi­bi­tion. Bump is a telep­res­ence project which pre­miered in 1999 at the Ars Elec­tron­ica where it offered a tac­tile com­mu­ni­ca­tion bridge between Linz and Budapest.

Bump com­prises two inter­ac­tive side­walks (each 50ft long) that tan­gi­bly con­nect two dis­tant pub­lic places/​cities in real time. It has been shown across Europe var­i­ous times includ­ing at venues such as the CeBIT in Han­nover, and most recently in Istan­bul, where the instal­la­tion bridged the Bosporus between Asia and Europe as part of Istan­bul 2010 — Euro­pean Cap­i­tal of Culture”.