David Getsy: "This Continually Computerized Catalogue": Participation, Database Aesthetics, and Dan Flavin's 1967 exhibition at the MCA Chicago

Title

David Getsy: "This Continually Computerized Catalogue": Participation, Database Aesthetics, and Dan Flavin's 1967 exhibition at the MCA Chicago

Date

Thursday, October 31, 2013, 12pm – 1pm

Creator

David Getsy

Description

For his first major museum show at the MCA Chicago in 1967, Dan Flavin installed one of the earliest commercially available IBM mainframes so that visitors could produce on-site unique dot-matrix printed variations of the text which served as the exhibition’s catalogue. This talk will explore the conceptual framework for his use of computer punch cards as a means to intentionally confound the functionality of the informative catalogue. In an early example of digital participation, Flavin saw the possibility of the limited database as congruent to his Minimalist employment of the fluorescent light tube.

Table Of Contents

Dan Flavin : pink and goldMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago, ABR NB237.F61 C4 (Restricted Access)

Relation

View video documentation of the lecture here.

Files

Getsy Flavin JFABC.jpg

Collection

Citation

David Getsy, “David Getsy: "This Continually Computerized Catalogue": Participation, Database Aesthetics, and Dan Flavin's 1967 exhibition at the MCA Chicago,” SAIC Flaxman Library & Special Collection Exhibitions, accessed November 20, 2017, http://flaxman.omeka.net/items/show/136.