Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) Archive

Experiments in Art & Technology (E.A.T.) was founded in 1966 by engineers Billy Klüver and Fred Waldhauer, and artists Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Whitman to provide artists with access to new technology. E.A.T. matched artists with engineers or scientists  for one-to-one collaborations on the artist’s specific project.

E.A.T. initiated large-scale projects such as 9 Evenings:Theatre & Engineering, a series of performances which took place at the 69th Regiment Armory in 1966 incorporating new technology. The 9 Evenings featured performances by John Cage,Lucinda Childs, Öyvind Fahlström, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, David Tudor, and Robert Whitman.

In 1968 E.A.T. organized its first international art and technology exhibition Some More Beginnings at the Brooklyn Museum. One of E.A.T.’s

most celebrated projects was the Pepsi Pavilion at Expo’70 in Osaka Japan, a spectacular synergy of the creative inputs of more than 63 artists, engineers and performers. Since the early 1970s E.A.T. also undertook interdisciplinary Projects Outside Art that extended artists’ activities into new areas of society, including Telex: Q&AChildren and CommunicationCity Agriculture and the Anand Project in India to develop instructional software for satellite television in rural villages. In 2013 BROADWAY 1602 presented at the Independent Art Fair the 1971 E.A.T. project ARTCASH, a creative fund raising event for the E.A.T. project Artistsa nd Television. Billy Klüver asked Andy Warhol,Robert Whitman, Robert Rauschenberg, Tom Gormley, Red Grooms and Marisol to make their versions of paper bills that that people could purchase and then use to gamble with at the event.

In collaboration with Julie Martin BROADWAY 1602 will stage in January 2014 the first gallery focus exhibition on projects by E.A.T. with related works and archival exhibits including a site-specific sound installation by David Tudor. In the same year a retrospective exhibition on the E.A.T. history is planned at the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg.