Machine Art in the Twentieth Century

Join us for a festive evening devoted to the book Machine Art in the Twentieth Century, written by the renowned art historian and curator Andreas Broeckmann and published by the MIT Press. Featuring performances by JODI and Jan-Kees van Kampen, this event is part of a series taking place in conjunction with V2_’s 35th anniversary.

Sep 2017
18:00 to 20:30

Book presentation, performances, discussion, cocktails.    
V2_ is pleased to announce a festive evening devoted to the book Machine Art in the Twentieth Century, by the renowned art historian and curator Andreas Broeckmann.

Broeckmann’s lecture on Machine Art in the Twentieth Century will be preceded by a brief introduction by V2_ director Alex Adriaansens and followed by responses from theorists Rick Dolphijn and Eric Kluitenberg. The evening will be moderated by Annet Dekker and will conclude with performances by JODI and Jan-Kees van Kampen. 

Andreas Broeckmann (art historian and curator, Leuphana, University Lüneburg)
Annet Dekker (curator and writer, Media and Culture, University of Amsterdam)
Rick Dolphijn (philosopher, Media and Culture Studies, University of Utrecht)
Eric Kluitenberg (independent researcher. ArtScience, The Hague)
JODI (artists' collective)
Jan-Kees van Kampen (artist)

The event will be streamed live on Facebook.
Livestream at: https://www.facebook.com/V2unstable/videos/10154913174416497/

“Machine art” is neither a movement nor a genre; rather, the term encompasses diverse ways in which artists engage with technical systems. In this book, Andreas Broeckmann examines a variety of twentieth- and early twenty-first-century artworks that articulate people's relationships with machines. In the course of his investigation, Broeckmann traces historical lineages that connect art from different periods, looking for continuities that link works from the end of the century to developments in the 1950s and 1960s and to works by avant-garde artists in the 1910s and 1920s. An art-historical perspective, he argues, might change our views of recent works that seem to be driven by new media technologies but that in fact continue a century-old artistic exploration.

Broeckmann investigates critical aspects of machine aesthetics that characterized machine art until the 1960s and then turns to specific domains of artistic engagement with technology: algorithms and machine autonomy, looking in particular at the work of the Canadian artist David Rokeby; vision and image and the advent of technical imaging; and the human body, using the work of the Australian artist Stelarc as an entry point to art that couples the machine to the body mechanically or cybernetically. Finally, Broeckmann argues that systems thinking and ecology have caused a fundamental shift in the meaning of technology, which has brought with it a rethinking of human subjectivity. He examines a range of artworks, including those of the Japanese artist Seiko Mikami, whose work exemplifies the shift. Many of the artists reflected upon in this book have been part of V2_’s productions over the past 35 years.

Reservation is now closed. The event will begin at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30). Be sure to pick up your reserved tickets before 7.45 p.m. Ticket's that are not picked up will be sold at the door.

The admission fee is €5 and can be paid at the door in cash or by card.

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