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Technocrats of the imagination: art, technology, and the military-industrial avant-garde

Technocrats of the imagination: art, technology, and the military-industrial avant-garde
Technocrats of the imagination: art, technology, and the military-industrial avant-garde
In Technocrats of the Imagination John Beck and Ryan Bishop explore the collaborations between the American avant-garde art world and the military-industrial complex during the 1960s, in which artists worked with scientists and engineers in universities, private labs, and museums. For artists, designers, and educators working with the likes of Bell Labs, the RAND Corporation, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, experiments in art and technology presaged not only a new aesthetic but a new utopian social order based on collective experimentation. In examining these projects promises and pitfalls and how they have inspired a new generation of collaborative labs populated by artists, engineers, and scientists, Beck and Bishop reveal the connections between the contemporary art world and the militarized lab model of research that has dominated the sciences since the 1950s.
Duke University Press
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Bishop, Ryan and Beck, John (2020) Technocrats of the imagination: art, technology, and the military-industrial avant-garde , Duke University Press

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In Technocrats of the Imagination John Beck and Ryan Bishop explore the collaborations between the American avant-garde art world and the military-industrial complex during the 1960s, in which artists worked with scientists and engineers in universities, private labs, and museums. For artists, designers, and educators working with the likes of Bell Labs, the RAND Corporation, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, experiments in art and technology presaged not only a new aesthetic but a new utopian social order based on collective experimentation. In examining these projects promises and pitfalls and how they have inspired a new generation of collaborative labs populated by artists, engineers, and scientists, Beck and Bishop reveal the connections between the contemporary art world and the militarized lab model of research that has dominated the sciences since the 1950s.

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Published date: April 2020

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Local EPrints ID: 433884
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/433884
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Date deposited: 05 Sep 2019 16:30
Last modified: 12 Nov 2019 17:30

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Author: Ryan Bishop
Author: John Beck

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