Keynote lecture, The Contemporary Contemporary, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, 18 June 21017
In this talk, I will use La Monte Young’s 1960 composition Draw A Straight Line and Follow It (and the various permutations it engendered, across media and contexts) as a point of departure for reviewing a longer history of straight lines in modern art and their relation to wider infrastructural conditions and changes. The aim is to provide some points toward an archaeology of a contemporaneity oriented around sensorial synchronisation or alignment.
Ina Blom is Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo and Visiting Professor at the Department of Art History, University of Chicago. Recent publications include The Autobiography of Video: The Life and Times of a Memory Technology (2017) and On The Style Site: Art, Sociality and Media Culture (2007, 2009), as well as the edited volumes Memory in Motion: Archives, Technology and the Social (2017) and Raoul Haussmann et les avant-gardes (2015). She is also an art critic, contributing to Artforum, Texte zur Kunst, Afterall and Parkett.