For this new edition of Variation – Media Art Fair, the exhibition includes a co-curated historical section, thanks to the combined efforts of Dominique Moulon and Gilles Alvarez. ” L’Origine du Monde (Numérique)” revisits the three decisive trends of the late 1960s by presenting documentation enriched by artworks and historical artifacts.
” 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering ” is the first of these events, which takes place in New York in 1966. It spawned the group Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), officially founded in 1967 by engineers Billy Klüver and Fred Waldhauer with artists Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Whitman. Parallel to the exhibition, ” 9 Evenings ” will be screened in the auditorium of the Cité Internationale des arts on November 22, 2017.
Also in 1966, on the West Coast, Maurice Tuchman initiated the Art and Technology Program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It aimed to pair artists such as Andy Warhol with brands like Pepsi-Cola Company, which would actively participate in funding the U.S. pavillion at the 1970 World Expo in Osaka.
In 1968, Jasia Reichardt curated the exhibition Cybernetic Serendipity (serendipity is also the theme of the Némo Biennial) at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. This first show dedicated to the confrontation between artistic practices and electronic technologies included a piece by Nicolas Schöffer, which will be presented at the entrance of the Variation exhibition.
A round-table discussion will be held in the auditorium of Cité Internationale des arts on November 21, 2017 accompany the exhibition.