David Getsy's lunchtime lecture: "This Continually Computerized Catalogue: Participation, Database Aesthetics, and Dan Flavin's 1967 exhibition at the MCA Chicago" October 31st, 2013.

SAIC Professor David Getsy discusses his recent research into Dan Flavin’s 1967 MCA exhibition, drawing particular attention to the unique catalogue produced in conjunction with the show.

For his first major museum show at the MCA Chicago in 1967, Dan Flavin installed one of the earliest commercially available IBM mainframes so that visitors could produce on-site unique dot-matrix printed variations of the text which served as the exhibition's catalogue. This talk explores the conceptual framework for his use of computer punch cards as a means to intentionally confound the functionality of the informative catalogue. In an early example of digital participation, Flavin saw the possibility of the limited database as congruent to his Minimalist employment of the fluorescent light tube.

The catalog is part of the holdings of the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection.

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