Book launch: Stephen Jones
Synthetics: Aspects of Art and Technology in Australia, 1956–1975
New technologies continually arise, offering repeated opportunities to artists in search of the technologically novel. Author Stephen Jones calls this phenomenon the ‘rolling new’ and in Synthetics he describes how artists in Australia used new technologies in their art, from the early days of digital computing in the 1950s to a landmark exhibition in 1975. Jones looks at not only the artists and the artworks they produced but also the evolution of computing technologies and video displays, as these new forms of media developed into tools that artists could use. He also examines the collaborations that sprang up between artists and the technologists who taught them how to use these new devices. The process, he finds, was reciprocal: the offerings of the engineer could inspire the artist as much as the needs of the artist could inspire the engineer.
Join us for the Sydney launch of Synthetics, with a talk by the author followed by a book signing. Books can be purchased at the Gallery shop.
This book launch has been supported by the Inter-Arts Office at the Australia Council for the Arts. For further information about the publication see The MIT Press.
Image: Synthetics: Aspects of Art and Technology in Australia 1956-1975 Cover image: Spinning lines following a curve as they rotate © Doug Richardson