Information: Documents of Contemporary Art

Sarah Cook (Editor)

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INFORMATION (Whitechapel’s Documents of Contemporary Art Series) provides the first art-historical reassessment of information-based art in relation to data structures and exhibition curation. It examines landmark exhibitions such as ‘Information’ at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1970, and the equally influential ‘Les Immatériaux’, initiated by the philosopher Jean-François Lyotard at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, in 1984. It re-examines work by artists of the 1960s to early 1980s, from Les Levine and N.E.Thing Co. to General Idea and Jenny Holzer, whose prescient grasp of information’s significance resonates today. It addresses how artists have investigated information’s materiality, in signs, records and traces; its immateriality, in hidden codes, structures and flows; its embodiment, in instructions, social interaction and political agency; its overload, or uncontrollable excess, challenging utopian notions of networked society; its potential for misinformation and disinformation, subliminally altering our perceptions; and its post-digital unruliness, unsettling fixed notions of history and place.Writers include Matthew Fuller, Antony Hudek, Eduardo Kac, Friedrich Kittler, Arthur and Marielouise Kroker, Scott Lash, Alessandro Ludovico, Charu Maithani, Suhail Malik, Armin Medosch, Craig Saper, Jorinde Seijdel, Tom Sherman, Felix Stalder, McKenzie Wark, Benjamin Weil.Artists surveyed include Iain Baxter, Guy Bleus, CAMP (Shaina Anand & Ashok Sukumaran), Ami Clarke, Rod Dickinson, Hans Haacke, Graham Harwood, Jenny Holzer, Christine Kozlov, Steve Lambert and The Yes Men, Oliver Laric, Les Levine, László Moholy-Nagy, Muntadas, Erhan Muratoglu, Raqs Media Collective, Erica Scourti, Stelarc, Thomson & Craighead, Angie Waller, Stephen Willats, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Elizabeth Vander Zaag.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherMIT Press
Number of pages240
ISBN (Print)0262529343, 9780854882489
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2016

Publication series

NameDocuments of Contemporary Art
PublisherWhitechapel Gallery


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