Friday, February 26th, 2016

Tulu Bayar – “Unraveling Identity: Our Textiles, Our Stories”, Tulu Bayar Invitational Exhibition, The Textile Museum, Washington, DC, curated by Sumru Belger Krody and Lee Talbot, March 21- August 9, 2015.

Tulu Bayar, Associate Professor of Art

“Unraveling Identity: Our Textiles, Our Stories”, Tulu Bayar Invitational Exhibition, The Textile Museum, Washington, DC, curated by Sumru Belger Krody and Lee Talbot, March 21- August 9, 2015.

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Friday, February 26th, 2016

Roger Rothman – Rothman, Roger. “Fluxus, or the Work of Art in the Age of Information.” Symploke 23, no. 1-2 (2015) : 309-325.

Roger Rothman, Professor of Art History

This paper argues for the utility of examining the various objects and events that were produced by Fluxus artists in the sixties and seventies as nodes in a network, rather than as autonomous objects of aesthetic contemplation. It reveals Fluxus performances and objects as interventions within the emerging culture of informationalism and that Fluxus deployed these network phenomena within the context of an emerging post-critical practice founded on construction rather than negation. It argues that, as an oppositional organization, Fluxus is best understood as an avant-garde manifestation in which the negative practice of institutional critique is displaced in favor of direct network transformation.

Rothman, Roger. “Fluxus, or the Work of Art in the Age of Information.” Symploke 23, no. 1-2 (2015) : 309-325.

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Friday, February 26th, 2016

Roger Rothman – Rothman, Roger. “Against Critique: Fluxus and the Hacker Aesthetic.” Modernism/modernity 22, no. 4 (2016) : 787-810.

Roger Rothman, Professor of Art History

This essay argues that key aspects of Fluxus have a striking resemblance to the ideas and antics of the computer “hackers” who, in the sixties and seventies, defined the culture of MIT’s Artificial Intelligence lab. The past several decades have seen the rise of a rich body of scholarship on hackers and the cultural critique that their practices imply. By relating this “hacker ethic” to the works of the Fluxus artists (who likewise practiced in the sixties and seventies), this essay argues that Fluxus deserves to be understood not as a late manifestation of dada or the inchoate prefiguration of conceptual art and institutional critique, but rather as the first avant-garde movement fit to the age of electronic information and their network protocols.

Rothman, Roger. “Against Critique: Fluxus and the Hacker Aesthetic.” Modernism/modernity 22, no. 4 (2016) : 787-810.

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