The Art of Mechanical Reproduction
Technology and Aesthetics from Duchamp to the Digital
The Art of Mechanical Reproduction weaves a rich history of the experimental networks in which artists as diverse as Paul Klee, Hans Bellmer, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Smithson, Gerhard Richter, Chris Marker, and Tacita Dean have worked, and it shows for the first time how extensively technological innovations of the moment have affected their work. Original and broad-ranging, The Art of Mechanical Reproduction challenges some of the most respected and entrenched criticism of the past several decades—and allows us to think about these artists anew.
Introduction. The Art of Mechanical Reproduction
Oil-transfer * Investing in drawing * Apparatus * Camera-seeing
2 Seeing Machines
The panorama device * Collage * Large Glass/shop window * Ball-Joint, Rotoreliefs, Guitar
3 Camera Vision
Painting shadows * Automatic drawing * Screening the body * Screen memories
4 Xeroxing the Medium
Working Drawings * Mapping “systems” * Photo-plus-text * The dialectical image
5 Painting at a Standstill
Don’t look now * The stilled and moving image * Pathos formulae
6 Farewell to the Machine Age?
The film machine * Mechanical ballets * Dean’s long lens * Film machines after film