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«The Thing» was the first project to emerge from the conceptually-oriented art scene into the data nets' realm of communication, distribution, and production. At the end of 1991, «The Thing» entered the telephone net in New York as a simple mailbox or bulletin board system (BBS). The next stage, «The Thing Cologne», came in 1992; then, in November 1993, came «The Thing Vienna» and others. The most (inter)active area of «The Thing» is the various message boards, forums for discussions, continuing dialogs, and open streams of information.
Since 1995, «The Thing» has been present with a new user-interface in the Internet's World Wide Web. Here, too, it functions as a platform for the production and presentation of art and its discourse.