The Story of E.A.T.: Experiments in Art and Technology, 1960-2001
The Story of E.A.T. presents the history of Experiments in Art and Technology, a foundation started in 1966 by engineers Billy Klüver and Fred Waldhauer, and artists Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Whitman. E.A.T. provided artists with access to new technologies through the collaboration of artists, engineers, and scientists. The exhibition traces the ground-breaking activities of E.A.T., beginning with Klüver’s first collaboration with artist Jean Tinguely on Homage to New York in 1960, the machine that destroyed itself in the garden of the Museum of Modern Art.
The Story of E.A.T. highlights major projects of E.A.T. including 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering, Some More Beginnings at the Brooklyn Museum, the Pepsi Pavilion at Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan, the 1970s Projects Outside Art, as well as present day activities. The exhibition demonstrates the historical importance of E.A.T.'s work to promote collaborations between artists and engineers, collaborations that not only made it possible for artists to incorporate new technology into their work, but also provided a means for artists and engineers to play a more active role in many areas of contemporary society.
E.A.T. activity has entered the canons of performance art, experimental noise music and theater, bridging the gap from the early 20th century eras of Dada, Fluxus and the Happenings/Actions of the 1960s, through the current generation of digital artists for whom multimedia and technology are the norm.
The Story of E.A.T.: Experiments in Art and Technology, 1960-2001 was designed by Billy Klüver. The presentation of the exhibition at Mills is supported by the Music Department and Mills College Art Museum.