Das Museum der Moderne Salzburg präsentiert die erste umfassende Rückschau auf die Aktivitäten von Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), einem einzigartigen Verbund von Ingenieuren, Künstlerinnen und Künstlern, der in den 1960er- und 1970er-Jahren Geschichte geschrieben hat. Künstler wie Robert Rauschenberg und Robert Whitman taten sich mit Billy Klüver, dem visionären Ingenieur der Bell Telephone  Laboratories, sowie seinem Kollegen Fred Waldhauer zu dieser wegweisenden Initiative zusammen, um in einer beispiellosen Zusammenarbeit Kunstwerke zu realisieren.

Vor dem Hintergrund der sich rasant entwickelnden Technologien wurde das Ziel verfolgt, Kunstwerke zu realisieren, in denen die neuesten technischen Möglichkeiten zum Einsatz kamen. Die Begegnung zwischen Künstlerinnen, Künstlern und Ingenieuren, so hofften die Mitglieder von E.A.T., würde Kunstwerke hervorbringen, deren Entstehung ohne die Mitwirkung ausgebildeter Techniker mit ihrer besonderen Kompetenz
nicht möglich wäre. Das wiederum sollte die Ingenieure dazu anregen, in neue Richtungen zu denken, und so die zukünftige technologische Entwicklung mitgestalten.

In 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering, einer Reihe von multimedialen Performances, die in der gigantischen 69th Armory Regiment-Halle 1966 in New York stattfanden, und später mit dem Pepsi Pavillon auf der Expo ’70 in Osaka, zogen die Aktivitäten von E.A.T. ein Massenpublikum an. Namhafte Expertinnen und Experten sowie Protagonisten vermitteln im Symposium zur Ausstellung die Geschichte von E.A.T. und beleuchten Herausforderungen, Chancen und Nachwirkungen dieser außergewöhnlichen Initiative.


Sabine Breitwieser
is Director of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg and initiated, conceived and directed the production of the exhibition on E.A.T. and the accompanying catalogue. Before her post in Salzburg, she served as the Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and as Founding Director and Chief Curator of the Generali Foundation in Vienna. Recent exhibitions she has organized and catalogues she has authored are Andrea Fraser, Simone Forti. Thinking with the Body, Art/Histories, and Isa Genzken: Retrospective.

Kathy Battista
E.A.T.: The Spirit of Collaboration
This talk will explore the formation and major activities of the organization, which brought together artists as diverse as Robert Rauschenberg, Yvonne Rainer, Andy Warhol, Hans Haacke and Lucinda Childs. The utopian ethos of collaboration, a central tenet in E.A.T.’s own as well as outside projects. Can a utopian and anarchic spirit be sustained? How can collaboration create results that would not be possible within an individual practice? Kathy Battista is Director of the MA program in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York, and Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for Global Futures in Art, Design and Media at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. She is author of New York New Wave: The Legacy of Feminist Art in Emerging Practice and Re-negotiating the Body: Feminist Artists in 1970s London. She has also contributed essays to collected volumes including Drawings in the 21st Century: Papers on Contemporary Practice; Ladies and Gents: Public Toilets and Gender; Arcade: Artists and Placemaking.

Catherine Morris
9 Evenings: Initiation Rites for a New Medium or Composition Socialized
The ten performances presented during the groundbreaking 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering in New York City in October 1966 were developed in a series of remarkable collaborations between artists and engineers. Instigated by Billy Klüver and Robert Rauschenberg, the creative interactions of visual artists, composers and dancers including John Cage, Lucinda Childs, Öyvind Fahlström, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, David Tudor and Robert Whitman with more than a dozen engineers was intense and fluid, demanding new approaches to working from everyone involved. Catherine Morris, Sackler Family Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, New York, has curated numerous exhibitions including Materializing Six Years: Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art (with Vincent Bonin), Matthew Buckingham: The Spirit and the Letter, and Lorna Simpson: Gathered. Her independent curatorial projects include 9 Evenings Reconsidered: Art, Theatre and Engineering, 1966 for the List Visual Arts Center, MIT, Boston.

Michelle Kuo
No Limits – Projects Outside Art
In 1970, the group Experiments in Art and Technology launched Projects Outside Art. The enormous scope of this endeavor was, true to its name, an attempt to go beyond the domain of “art” altogether. An ambitious slew of program proposals addressed environmental devastation, the limits of nonrenewable resources, monetary distribution, massive technological shifts, and exploding communications networks. But in going beyond art, these projects inevitably also went back to it. They registered the impact of technological, political, and ecological crises on individual perception and aesthetic experience—the fate of the subject in the age of risk. Michelle Kuo is the Editor in Chief of Artforum International, New York. She is the author of scholarly essays on the work of Robert Rauschenberg and Jeff Koons, among others; contributes to publications such as October and The Art Bulletin; and has lectured widely, at institutions including the Centre Pompidou and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Kuo is also a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University, completing a dissertation on Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.).

Julie Martin
joined the staff of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) in 1967 and is currently Director of the foundation. She is co-executive producer of the films on 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering. She also works with Robert Whitman in producing his most recent theater performances: Local Report, Passport, MoonRain, and Swim.

Programmübersicht
Sonntag, 26.7.2015

14.30 Uhr
Begrüßung und Einführung
Sabine Breitwieser
Ausstellungskonzept und Projektleitung, Direktorin Museum der Moderne Salzburg

14.45 Uhr
E.A.T.: The Spirit of Collaboration
Kathy Battista
Gastkuratorin, New York

15.15 Uhr
9 Evenings: Initiation Rites for a New Medium or Composition Socialized
Catherine Morris
Elizabeth A. Sackler Kuratorin, Brooklyn Museum, New York

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16 Uhr
No Limits – Projects Outside Art
Michelle Kuo
Chefredakteurin, Artforum International, New York

16.30 Uhr
Julie Martin, Direktorin, E.A.T., New York,
im Gespräch mit Sabine Breitwieser

16.45 Uhr
Podiumsdiskussion mit
Kathy Battista, Michelle Kuo und Catherine Morris
Moderiert von Sabine Breitwieser

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17.30 Uhr
Microphone (1970) von David Tudor
Aufgeführt von Phil Edelstein und John Driscoll, Komponisten Inside Electronics

Das Symposium wird in englischer Sprache abgehalten.
Beitrag € 2

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