Edward Shanken

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Most Recent Affiliation:

  • Savannah College of Art and Design, Art Papers Chair

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Writings and Presentations:

  • Title: Art in the Information Age: Technology and Conceptual Art
    Writing Type: Paper
    Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 2001: n-space
    Abstract Summary:

    By the mid-1960s, Marshall McLuhan prophesied that electronic media were creating an increasingly interconnected global village. Such pronouncements popularized the idea that the era of machine-age technology was drawing to a close, ushering in a new era of information technology. Sensing this shift, art historian and curator K.G. Pontus Hulten organized a simultaneously nostalgic and futuristic exhibition on art and mechanical technology at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1968. The Machine: As Seen at the End of the Mechanical Age included work ranging from Leonardo Da Vinci’s 16th-century drawings of flying machines to contemporary artist-engineer collaborations that won a competition organized by Experiments in Art and Technology, Inc. (EAT).¹

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