David Lamelas. Office of Information about the Vietnam War at Three Levels: The Visual Image, Text and Audio. 1968

David Lamelas Office of Information about the Vietnam War at Three Levels: The Visual Image, Text and Audio 1968

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First realized at the Finnish Pavilion of the 1968 Venice Biennale, this installation by Lamelas marks his departure from Argentina and the beginning of his career in Europe. It is a landmark work that suggests the shifting nature of time and communication in a burgeoning information society. Originally composed of Olivetti office furniture and an Olivetti telex machine, Office of Information about the Vietnam War at Three Levels: The Visual Image, Text and Audio amassed news reports about the Vietnam War supplied by the Italian news agency ANSA, which were read intermittently by an attendant in Italian, French, and Spanish. When the news was not read live, recordings could be heard through headsets. Office presented records not of long-past events, but of news as it was unfolding. In contrast to the resulting sense of immediacy, the administrative setting mirrored the irony of an increasingly connected world experienced at a distance.

Gallery label from Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980, September 5, 2015–January 3, 2016.
Medium
Office furniture, telex machine, tape recorder, microphone, telephone receivers, text, Plexiglas partition, and performance
Dimensions
Dimensions variable
Credit
Gift of the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels
Object number
576.2012
Copyright
© 2019 David Lamelas
Department
Media and Performance

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