Talk, Online event
Art and Craft Lectures: Ina Blom: Straight Lines and Infrastructural Sensibilities
The proliferation of straight lines in 20th Century art and architecture is typically associated with rational and universalist procedures and perspectives, and with the rise of industrial culture.
In this lecture, I will look at straight lines in moden art from a very different perspective. I will present a hidden genealogy of straight lines that all seem to evoke the complexities of sensory realities and capacities and that are aesthetic through and through. These type of straight lines are all, in their various ways, related to the close interaction between bodies, and new media infrastructures - one of the major themes in 20th and 21st Century art. My hope is that you will never look at straight lines the same way again.
Ina Blom is a professor in the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo and Visiting Professor in the Department of Art History, University of Chicago. Recent books include The Autobiography of Video. The Life and Times of a Memory Technology ( 2016), On the Style Site. Art, Sociality and Media Culture (2007) as well as the edited volumes Memory in Motion. Archives, Technology and the Social (2017) and Raoul Hausmann et les avant-gardes (2014). She is also an art critic, contributing to Artforum, Texte zur Kunst, Parkett and Afterall, among others.
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