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Micro-Symposium: Art/Science/Spectacle

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Micro-Symposium: Art/Science/Spectacle

Anthony McCall. “Long Film for Four Projectors” (1974). Installation view (2003). Photograph: Hank Graber


How do immersive artworks, such as those created by Olafur Eliasson, play upon our attraction to the spectacular and a fascination with the mechanics of how things work? Presentations by three internationally renowned speakers trace the history of this phenomenon in art and science, and relate it to wide-ranging developments in consumer culture, optics, psychology, philosophy, and technology.

The Antje B. and John J. Jelinek Endowed Lecture and Symposium on Contemporary Art is made possible through a generous gift to the Chicago Contemporary Campaign. Season support for the MCA lecture and conversation series is generously provided by The Albert Pick, Jr. Fund.


Recorded Saturday, September 12, 2009 at Museum of Contemporary Art.

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