“Ghosts in the Machine” will be accompanied by a series of public programs that explore the temporal and social dimensions of the relationship between art and technology. These include a conversation between artist Otto Piene and exhibition curator Massimiliano Gioni, a series of films that elaborate on the idea of “expanded cinema” and offer a counterpoint to the immersive environment of Stan VanDerBeek’s Movie-Drome (1963–66/2012) on view in the exhibition, and a performance by choreographer Tony Orrico that will test the limits of the artist’s body as a medium for drawing. A panel discussion at the end of September will open up the concept of “technological art” as well as invite critical reflection on the exhibition itself.
Otto Piene in conversation with Massimiliano Gioni
Wednesday July 18, 7 p.m.
Free to New Museum members, $10 General Public
An evening devoted to an intergenerational conversation about art and technology between artist Otto Piene and exhibition curator Massimiliano Gioni. Otto Piene (German, born 1928) is a leading figure in kinetic art and one of the founding members of the group ZERO, initiated in 1957. Central to Piene’s art practice are connections between art, technology, and nature. In 1974, he succeeded György Kepes as the director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT where Piene established MIT as an important locus internationally for furthering the union of art and technology. Massimiliano Gioni is Associate Director and Director of Special Exhibitions at the New Museum, New York. He curated “Ghosts in the Machine,” with Gary Carrion-Murayari and he is currently organizing the 55th Venice Biennale opening in summer 2013.
Get Weird: Antipop Consortium
Friday July 27, 7 p.m.
$10 New Museum members, $12 General ...