Copertina del catalogo della mostra «9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering». Pontus Hultén e Frank Königsberg ( a cura di), «Experiments in Art and Technology», The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, New York 1966. Fondo Daniel Langlois Foundation, 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering. Per gentile concessione di Experiments in Art and Technology, e Daniel Langlois Foundation.
Copertina del catalogo della mostra «9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering». Pontus Hultén e Frank Königsberg ( a cura di), «Experiments in Art and Technology», The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, New York 1966. Fondo Daniel Langlois Foundation, 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering. Per gentile concessione di Experiments in Art and Technology, e Daniel Langlois Foundation.

Utopias and market: the role of artists in technological innovation

ABSTRACT
The essay analyzes three cases of collaborations between artists and companies considered particularly emblematic since in the first half of the twentieth century led to the invention of sound/light devices and the establishment of joint research departments between artists and engineers: the meeting in 1927 between the Dadaist Raoul Hausmann and the engineer Daniel Broido of the berliner electric company AEG which leads to the patent of the Otophone, a device for converting light into sound and vice-versa; the collaboration between the director Modest Altschuler and the engineer Preston S. Millar of the Electrical Testing Laboratories which leads to the realization of the Chromola, a keyboard for light; the exhibition Nine Evenings: Theater and Engineering, curated in 1966 by the artist Robert Rauschenberg and the engineer of the company Bell Telephone Laboratories Billy Klüver, which leads to the establishment of E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology), a research and development center for artists and engineers. The aim is to highlight the role that artists have had during the twentieth century whitin the field of innovation and development of technical-cultural artefacts, and also of discursive practices and methodologies of creation and sharing of knowledge.

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Dalila D'Amico

Dalila D'Amico

Flavia Dalila D’Amico PhD in Music and Performing Arts at the University of Rome, La Sapienza with a thesis entitled The aporias of the eccentric body: For a reconfiguration of the subject on stage. She was a research fellow at the Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies of the University of Padua with a research entitled Light and Sound on stage between heritage and innovation. His studies have been published in various magazines such as «Arabeschi», «RFS. Magazine of photography studies», «Dance and Research», «Performance Matters», «Elephant & Castle», «Fata Morgana», «Quaderni di donne e ricerca», «Sciami». Since 2010 he is part of the artistic collective Vjit together with Francesco Iezzi and Maria Costanza Barberio. Vjit is an interdisciplinary project based in Rome, whose field of experimentation revolves around the interaction between sound, image and action.

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