What if modernism had been characterized by evolving, interconnected and multi-sensory images – rather than by the monolithic objects often described by its artists and theorists? What if this were the
What if modernism had been characterized by evolving, interconnected and multi-sensory images – rather than by the monolithic objects often described by its artists and theorists?
What if this were the origin of the digital image in art?
Marking the fiftieth anniversary of E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology), founder of Make Art with Purpose (MAP) Janeil Engelstad and author Charissa Terranova will discuss the deep roots of the computational light-image, or the digital image now ubiquitous on the internet, within the life sciences and its connection to art.
E.A.T. was an avant-garde collaboration between artists, scientists, and engineers – including Billy Klüver, Fred Waldhauer, Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, Lucinda Childs, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Steve Paxton and Yvonne Rainer – that started in 1966 around the seminal series of performances 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering at the Armory in NY.
Terranova and Engelstad will engage in a public discussion and Q&A about E.A.T. and the greater history of collaboration between artists and scientists. The public gathering will be guided by Engelstad’s questions and three short readings by Terranova from her new book Art as Organism: Biology and the Evolution of the Digital Image, beginning with the book’s closing chapter which, addresses the history and impact of E.A.T.
Charissa Terranova is Associate Professor of Aesthetic Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas. She is the author of Automotive Prosthetic (2014), co-editor with Meredith Tromble of The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture (2016) and has published articles in Leonardo, Art Journal, Urban History Review, and the Journal of Urban History, among others.
Janeil Engelstad is an artist, curator, educator and the Founding Director of Make Art with Purpose (MAP), an organization, which produces creative projects that address social and environmental concerns around the world. She is a part of the curatorial team for 9E2 a festival of art, science and technology. Held in Seattle in October 2016, the festival marks the 50th anniversary exhibition of 9 Evenings and E.A.T.
(Wednesday) 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Wild Detectives
314 W 8th St, Oak Cliff, Dallas