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E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology) Retrospective at Museum der Moderne Salzburg

July 25 – Nov 11, 2015

 

Live Performances

Rainforest I (1973), July 25th

Microphone (1970), July 26th, 5:30 pm

by David Tudor, performed by Phil Edelstein

and John Driscoll, Composers Inside Electronics (CIE)

 

Symposium

The Story of E.A.T.

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 2.30–5.30 p.m

 

Museum der Moderne Salzburg

Mönchsberg 32

5020 Salzburg, Austria

 

We are pleased to announce the opening of the first comprehensive retrospective on the history of the groundbreaking organization Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) taking place at The Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria, on July 25th, 2015.

Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) was founded in 1966 by Billy Klüver – a research engineer at Bell Telephone Laboratories in New Jersey, his colleague Fred Waldhauer, and New York 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-on-one collaborations on pioneering projects. It is difficult to find an artist in the New York 1960s who has not been touched by the activities and initiatives of E.A.T. This non-profit organization approached collaboration, site-specific events, performance, new music, film, television, education, networking, promotion, design, fundraising and political intervention in an innovative and genuinely creative way.

The retrospective presents numerous pivotal art works and projects realized by, or in collaboration with, E.A.T., such as the 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering held at the 69th Regiment Armory in 1966; E.A.T.’s first international art and technology exhibition Some More Beginnings at the Brooklyn Museum; the early computer processed images realized at the Bell Labs; the celebrated Pepsi Pavilion at Expo’70 in Osaka, Japan – a spectacular synergy of the creative inputs of more than 63 artists and engineers; the 1971 project ARTCASH – a creative fund raising event for the E.A.T. project Artists and Television; and The New York Collection for Stockholm (1973) – a print portfolio by 30 prominent New York art scene innovators of the time in support of the subsequent exhibition at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Salzburg exhibition prominently features the installation Rainforest V, the 1973 electronic sound art piece, that grew out of elements of David Tudor’s performance at E.A.T.’s legendary 9 Evenings at the Armory. Created by Tudor and Composers Inside Electronics (CIE), this landmark installation merges sculpture, sound and technology.

The exhibition opening is accompanied by a live performance of David Tudor’s Rainforest I, performed by Phil Edelstein and John Driscoll of Composers Inside Electronics (CIE) on July 25th. On July 26th at 5:30 pm the Composers perform Tudor’s Microphone (1970).

This event is part of a one-day symposium, The Story of E.A.T., on July 26th. Speakers are Julie Martin (Director, E.A.T., New York), Guest Curator of the exhibition Kathy Battista (New York), Catherine Morris (Elizabeth A. Sackler Curator, Brooklyn Museum, New York), Michelle Kuo (Editor in Chief, Artforum International, New York) and Sabine Breitwieser (Director, Museum der Moderne Salzburg).

 

“An extensive survey of E.A.T.’s output has long been overdue; in addition to numerous works of art, the chronologically structured exhibition also presents a wealth of previously unpublished archival materials. After smaller shows that have highlighted well-known key events in the history of E.A.T., it offers the first in-depth consideration of the full spectrum of the group’s activities and the multitude and broad variety of E.A.T.’s projects.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (The Museum der Moderne Salzburg, July 2015)

 

Among the artists and engineers whose work is included in the exhibition are:

Per Biorn, Robert Breer, John Cage, Lucinda Childs, Cecil H. Coker, Composers Inside Electronics, Pete Cumminski, Merce Cunningham, Jean Dupuy, Öyvind Fahlström, Ralph Flynn, Hans Haacke, Leon Harmon, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Larry Heilos, Peter Hirsch, Harold Hodges, Robert V. Kieronski, Billy Klüver, Ken Knowlton, Tony Martin, Jim McGee, Forrest Myers, Fujiko Nakaya, Steve Paxton, John Pearce, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Robby Robinson, Alfons Schilling, Herb Schneider, Jean Tinguely, David Tudor, Fred Waldhauer, Andy Warhol, Robert Whitman, Witt Wittnebert, Dick Wolff, Niels & Lucy Young.

We thank Julie Martin, Kathy Battista, John Driscoll and Phil Edelstein for their invaluable input and dedication to this exhibition, as well as the team of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg for their competence and commitment to this complex project. We also thank Hedi Sorger and Caroline Reid for their preparatory work in New York. And we thank Sabine Breitwieser for the invitation to this outstanding exhibition initiative in Salzburg.

For more information please visit the museum’s website at this link.