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In 1966, 10 New York artists worked with 30 engineers and scientists from the world renowned Bell Telephone Laboratories to create groundbreaking performances, known as 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering. Artists included Andy Warhol, John Cage, Lucinda Childs, Vyvind Fahlstrvm, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, David Tudor, and Robert Whitman. Notable engineers involved include: Bela Julesz, Billy Kluver, Max Mathews, John Pierce, Manfred Schroeder, and Fred Waldhauer.
Julie Martin, who helped produce many of the performances, will share this fascinating story and share original video and archival photos of some of the collaborations.
Reception to follow.
A photo history of E.A.T. from 1960 -2001 will be on exhibit in the Nearburg Gallery, BVAC, beginning February 25th.
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Julie Martin graduated from Radcliffe College with a degree in philosophy and received a Masters degree in Russian Studies from Columbia University. In 1966 she worked as production assistant to Robert Whitman on a series of his theater performances culminating in the series 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering. She joined the staff of E.A.T.: Experiments in Art and Technology in 1967, and over the years worked closely with Billy Klüver on projects and activities of the organization. Currently she is director of E.A.T. and executive producer of a series of E.A.T. films on DVD that document each of the ten artists' performances at 9 Evenings, and is editing a book on the art and technology writings of Billy Klüver.
More recently she has worked as coordinating producer for performances by Robert Whitman including the video cell phone performance Local Report (2005); Passport (2010), two simultaneous theater performances which sha red images transmitted over the Internet; and Local Report 2012, an international video cell phone performance and installation.