The File Room

"The File Room" (1994) by Antonio Muntadas is one of the earliest online media art works.

The File Room

The File Room; webshot

Debuting in 1994, this interactive archive of two millennia of social and cultural censorship chronicles hundreds of cases of perceived censorship, sometimes, but not always, covered in the media or other public forums. It invokes questions about the character of censorship itself and offers a repository, or hidden history, of thwarted personal and communal expression. Any visitor to The File Room may add new cases of censorship to the database by filling out a simple online form. Or search the site by geography, subject matter, medium or time period.

The File Room uses communication technology to construct a database with censorship cases and to make this database available worldwide. The database collects censorship cases by country and gives an historical overview about censorship. The website is linked to online discussion groups and contains original texts from censored publications. It was initiated by Antonio Muntadas and produced by the Randolph Street Gallery in Chicago, an artists' initiative which has grown into a large center for contemporary art.

Document Actions
Mailinglist: Subscribe to the English or Dutch version.

Follow usfacebook_16.png twitter_16.png youtube_16.png Favicon Vimeo googleplus
Related Items
Paul Brenner

Paul Brenner (US) is an organizer.

Wiretap 1.06 - Crossings Jun 25, 1995 02:00 PM

During this Wiretap, three art projects were presented: "Crossings" by Stacey Spiegel/Rodney M. ... by mamax was in 1996 a server for art projects.

Idea Futures

"Idea Futures" by Robin Hanson is a collection of ideas in the WWW, a betting market on important ...

Moscow WWWArt Centre

An initiative of Alexei Shulgin Moscow WWWArt Centre (1995) was an online arts gallery.

Heath Bunting

Heath Bunting (GB) is an early net.artist, proclaiming genetics it to be the next "new media."

Robert Sakrowski

Robert Sakrowski is an art historian, artist and curator.

Sota Ichikawa

Sota Ichikawa (JP) is an architect and artist.

Olia Lialina

Olia Lialina (RU) is a pioneer net.artist and theorist.

Luka Frelih

Luka Frelih (SI) is an artist working with computers and networks.

Kingdom of Piracy

Kingdom of Piracy (K.O.P.) (2003) is an online workspace exploring the free sharing of digital ...


Lia (AT) is a software artist.

Wiretap 7.09 - Wireless Taps and Short Wave Commotions Sep 30, 2001 02:00 PM

With Rasa Smite (LV), Robert Adrian (CDN/A), Derek Holzer (USA/NL) and Nik Gaffney (B/AUS).


"Indigestion" (1995) is an interactive installation by Diller & Scofidio.

Rasa Smite

Rasa Smite (LV) is a media artist, organiser and net activist.

Michael Pinsky

Michael Pinsky (GB) is an artist who explores the relationships between architectural spaces and ...

more ...
Personal tools
Log in