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News Room

American Fine Arts. Co.

News Room, 1990, is a three-dimensional sketch of sorts, a prototype conceived by architect Peter Fend, video artist Greg Lehmann, and computer artist George Chaikin, to bring us into an interactive relationship with the news media. Hampered by time and budget problems, the artists nevertheless managed to transform the space into a semblance of a hustling and bustling news room. Dominated by a table piled with newspapers and files of clippings, News Room was designed to encourage viewers to read and discuss the news—to use the gallery as they might a public library. A bank of video monitors broadcast tapes of various news programs and two walls of the gallery were hung with maps of the earth. Each week, different regions and different global issues were cartographically emphasized. During one week of the show, for instance, the most polluted cities of the world were tagged with black and

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