Extraordinary Freedom Machines: Vignettes in the History of a Multimedia Century
PART II: The Panacea that Failed
In this three-part series, Michael Century presents a fresh reading of today’s experimental media art scene by surveying key works, personalities, and movements of the past century and laying out a framework for forecasting its future. Organized around an intertwined pair of narratives, the talks are richly illustrated with stills and video, sound recordings, and live musical demonstrations.
The underlying narratives are driven by contrasting conceptions of the role of the artist and of time. The first sees the artist as anticipating the powers and dangers of techno-scientific progress through idiosyncratic experiments, with time as linear and progressive. The second sees the artist as re-constituting past historical ruptures and forgotten pathways to envision alternative ways of being contemporary with a more cyclical sense of progress.
October 11 2011—
The Panacea that Failed, 1948–1974
The second part of the series balances the celebratory heyday of art and technology against a rising tide of disillusionment and media-archeological irony.
Curator: Paula Gaetano