Dilemma of Media Art | i |
title: Dilemma of Media Art
year: 2003
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[unkown author] (2003) 2003. Dilemma of Media Art. In: Leonardo. [unknown address]:MIT Press

35 years after the seminal and celebrated exhibition ¬ęCybernetic Serendipity. The Computer and the Arts¬Ľ (3 Aug – Oct 1968, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London), author Rainer Usselmann offers a dearly needed critical view of the events. With Cybernetic Serendipity, computer art and other genres of artistic endeavors involving computing machinery or other algorithmic means, were accepted as artistic experiments (if not more) by an institution of some national and international reputation. The journal studio international supported the event. Curator Jasia Reichardt’s main interest was clearly the cross-over of cybernetics and the arts (music, sculpture, text). The works on display in 1968 are now often called media art, and the movement of the mid-1960s appears as one of the foundations of digital media. It seems as if the algorithmic component took the victory. The time. however, was the time of the youth movement for radical democracy and against the war in Vietnam. The London show could not have happened in Paris.

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