ArtsFusion Lecture by Michael Mansfield

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Location & Time: 

Moss Arts Center - The Cube (5:30-7:00pm)

Join us on Wednesday, March 5th, as we hear from Michael Mansfield, associate curator of film and media arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Lecture: A Case Study in Technology as an Artist's Medium

When: Wednesday, March 5th, from 5:30-7:00pm

Where: Moss Arts Center - The Cube

Abstract: A case study of Cloud Music (1974-1979) – a collaboratively engineered artwork created by Robert Watts, David Behrman and Bob Diamond – which at once offers both challenges and solutions for interpreting, exhibiting and caring for technology as an artist's medium.

At the vanguard of American art in the 60s and 70s was an intense enthusiasm for expanding formerly fixed boundaries of art-making – visual art, theater and music – as a means to "re-integrate our senses.” Technology offered artists new and creative ways to break down the barriers between the spectator and the art object.   Artists literally invented new modes of expression that actively weave visual, tactile and aural sensations with movement, time and space. Experimentation with moving-image and sound electronics opened new possibilities for collaboration among visual artists, composers and engineers.  One such collaboration created a landmark work in the history of media art titled Cloud Music.