The ARPANET Dialogues is one of the experimental art spaces at MARKER. It is the second instalment of a project, by the Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF), which captures rare conversations within the contemporary social, political and cultural milieu.
Excerpted from a series of dialogues that began in 1975 and took place over the US Department of Defense’s experimental instant messaging application ARPANET, the project presented at Art Dubai features a 1976 conversation between economist Samir Amin, anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, political economy Ph.D. candidate Francis Fukuyama and architect Minoru Yamasaki.
STEVE BIKO: the Apartheid government has crossed the line they are killing kids. little kids as young as 11
SAMIR AMIN: You are Steve right. Steve Biko.
FRANCIS FUKUYAMA: Hello gentlemen.
STEVE BIKO: No. I am Frank Talk.
MINORU YAMASAKI: Ah yes. Hello. This is Minoru Yamasaki in the States.
SAMIR AMIN: Im Samir. Hello Frank sorry I jumped to conclusions.
FRANCIS FUKUYAMA: This is Francis Fukuyama here.