Douglas Davis: «On December 29, 1976, with the support of the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, I performed "Seven Thoughts" in the empty Houston Astrodome. In the last ten minutes of this 30-minute piece, I spoke up from the floor of the dome to the orbiting satellite above and sent the thoughts, one by one, to every IntelSat station on earth. It was probably the first use of the satellite by a single person for artmaking purposes. To the best of my knowledge only one nation, india, allowed the thoughts to be heard over radio. But the point was not to reach a big audience. The point was to do it at all...And let the news get out (that long-distance broadcasting was not an exclusive preserve of tv networks, armies, and governments).»
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