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Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 6:00pm

Conceptualism and Energy: Douglas Kahn

Media art historian and theorist Douglas Kahn will discuss ideas from his forthcoming book Earth Sound Earth Signal: Energies and Earth Magnitude in the Arts and present a new analysis of one of the most iconic images of conceptual art: the photograph of a seemingly empty room documenting Robert Barry’s installation of his carrier-wave pieces. Barry observed that art had unnecessarily restricted itself to a tiny rainbow patch of the electromagnetic spectrum known as visible light, and that other possibilities were open across the entire spectrum, from radio to gamma. Artists and musicians at the time and since have done just that.

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