The year 1966 witnessed a series of spectacular events in New York that explored the interaction of artistic performance and technical progress. Advertised as “9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering,” these groundbreaking experiments combined diverse genres such as music, theatre, dance, film, and video, and put the prominent artists involved — including John Cage, Deborah Hay, Steve Paxton, Robert Rauschenberg, and David Tudor — in contact with experienced engineers. Initiated by Billy Klüver from Bell Telephone Laboratories, it was hoped that this interdisciplinary collaboration would lead to specially-designed equipment. It was an historical moment, as the connection between electronics and live performance was being explored for the first time in front of a large audience. This exhibition, organized by MIT List Visual Arts Center, illustrates the development and implementation of the pieces, as well as the mutual curiosity with which art and technology regard each other.
Catherine Morris (Hg.), 9 Evenings Reconsidered: Art, Theatre, and Engineering, 1966, E, The MIT Press.