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NETWORKS. Ed. by Lars Bang Larsen. Whitechapel Gallery Ventures Limited, London, 2014. Documents of Contemporary Art. Published in association with MIT Press, Cambridge. 238 pp. 21 x 15 cm. LC 2013-36288 ISBN 9780262525756 In English.
Publisher's description: The dawn of the electronic media age in the 1960s began a cultural shift from the modernist grid and its determination of projection and representation to the fluid structures and circuits of the network, presenting art with new challenges and possibilities. This anthology considers art at the center of network theory, from the 1960s to the present. Artists have used the space of flows as a basis for creating utopian scenarios, absurd yet functional propositions or holistic planetary visions. Others have explored the economies of reciprocity and the ethics of generosity, in works that address changed conditions of codependence and new sites of social negotiation. The infra-power of the network has been a departure point for self-organized counterculture and the creation of new types of agency. And a poetics of connectivity runs through a diverse range of work that addresses the social and material complexity of networks through physical structures and ambient installation, the mapping of the Internet, or the development of robots and software that take on the functions of artist or curator.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-1945 — Several Media, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 159373
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