Myths, Rumours, Legends – Machine Art in the Twentieth Century

Given the elaborate assembly and complexity of many of the installations that we feature on CAN we were particularly interested in Machine Art in the Twentieth Century, a book recently published by the MIT Press. In it, Andreas Broeckmann (currently at the Centre for Digital Cultures at Lüneburg University, a former curator of transmediale) surveys the twentieth century (and beyond) in search of the linkages between the ‘machinic’ and ‘machine-like,’ in art. From the enthusiastic embrace of automation by the Futurists that preceded the First World War, to Nam June Paik’s mid-century meditations on video, through the ‘broken’ websites of JODI, and contemporary interactive art, Broeckmann leaves very few stones unturned in his search for confirmation of (and contradiction to) the thesis that a ‘machine art’ that has influenced various genres, styles, modes of working across the artistic spectrum.

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