9 Evenings: Theater and Engineering

Wednesday, August 20, 2008, 8:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

Includes the following films:

  • Bandoneon!

    1969. USA. Directed by David Tudor. 41.

  • Variations VII

    1969. USA. Directed by John Cage. 41 min.

Growing interest in the new technologies generated by the rapid developments of the early 1960s led several artists to collaborate with Billy Klüver and his fellow engineers at Bell Laboratories. In late 1965 Klüver and Robert Rauschenberg formed Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), a project that provided artists, dancers, and composers with access to new technology and presented the resulting works to a wider audience. Ten invited artists—John Cage, Lucinda Childs, Öyvind Fahlström, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, David Tudor, and Robert Whitman—worked for ten months in collaboration with thirty Bell Laboratories engineers and scientists to develop custom technical equipment. The new equipment was then featured in a series of performances presented in October 1966 at New York City's 69th Regiment Armory. This program presents two of the live events, which were faithfully reconstructed through original documentary film and sound materials. Reconstructions of the remaining seven performances will be shown in subsequent months.

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