[rohrpost] Book Presentation: New Tendencies at Ars Electronica

Armin Medosch armin at easynet.co.uk
Sa Sep 10 09:05:46 CEST 2016

Book Presentation: New Tendencies – Art at the Threshold of the
Information Revolution (1961 – 1978)  Sun 11 September 2016 1:30PM-3PM
FIS Stage POSTCITY, Ars Electronica, Linz

Armin Medosch will present his new book on the international art
movement and network New Tendencies, who were important precursors of
new media art and digital art. He examines the movement’s development
in the context of social, political, and technological
transformations—from the paradigm of industrial mass production to the
information society. Key protagonists of New Tendencies such as
Herbert W. Franke, Otto Piene, and Vladimir Bonačić were a strong
early influence on Ars Electronica. New Tendencies emerged in 1961 in
the former Yugoslavia, a nonaligned country. Rather than opposing the
forces of technology, these artists imagined its rapid advance to
become a springboard into a future beyond alienation and oppression.
They cast the viewer as the co-producer of the work and engaged in
systematic visual research, anticipating key positions of
participatory media art practices. In 1968 and 1969 the group actively
turned to the computer as a medium of visual research, and in 1973
they presented dematerialized conceptual art practices side by side
with computer art and constructive art.
New Tendencies—Art at the Threshold of the Information Revolution
(1961 – 1978), Leonardo Series, MIT Press, by Armin Medosch.

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book blog: http://www.newtendencies.eu/
at Ars http://www.aec.at/radicalatoms/en/buchprasentation-new-tendencies-art-at-the-threshold-of-the-information-revolution-1961-1978/

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