peter d'Agostino

Proposal for QUBE

Peter d’Agostino © 1978/2021

This video-text-sculptural installation was conceived as a response to QUBE,
the first commercial application of two-way interactive cable-TV in the U.S.
While the installation premiered at the Ohio State University Art Gallery in 1978,
the proposed concurrent telecast, challenging claims QUBE was offering a valid
new form of ‘participatory television,’ was abruptly cancelled before it was aired.
[ Link to Virtual Edition ]

Subsequent exhibitions: Long Beach Museum of Art,1979;
San Paulo Bienal, 1983; Lehman College Art Gallery, NY, 1999;
Wexner Center for the Arts, OSU, Columbus, Ohio, 2022.

To Begin, Again: A Prehistory of the Wex, 1968–89
During the 1970s and 1980s, The Ohio State University emerged as an
unlikely laboratory of avant-garde culture, offering a platform for dialogue and
experimentation across audiences and media. Artists in this exhibition include:
Vito Acconci, Jerri Allyn, Benny Andrews, Lynda Benglis, Mel Bochner, Peter Campus,
Peter d’Agostino, Agnes Denes, Hans Haacke, Eva Hesse, Barbara Hammer,
Isaac Julien, Tom Kalin, Shigeko Kubota, Sol LeWitt, Nam June Paik, Adrian Piper,
Robert Smithson, Nancy Spero, Frank Stella, Woody and Steina Vasulka.