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Sensing the Future, Hardback Book

Sensing the Future Hardback


Life in the digital economy of information and images enriches us but often induces a sense of being overwhelmed.

Sensing the Future: Moholy-Nagy, Media and the Arts considers the impact of technology by exploring ways it was addressed in the practice of the Hungarian polymath artist Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946), a prominent professor at the Bauhaus and a key figure in the history of Modernism.

Moholy-Nagy felt that people needed guidance to cope with the onslaught of sensory input in an increasingly technologized, mediatized, hyper-stimulating environment.

His ideas informed media theorists such as Walter Benjamin, John Cage, Sigfried Giedion, and Marshall McLuhan, who anticipated digital culture as it emerged.

Should we then regard Moholy-Nagy as a pioneer of the digital?

His aesthetic engagement with the technology/body problematic broached the notions of immersion, interactivity and bodily participation, innately offering a critique of today's disembodiment.

Was he then both a pioneer and a proto-critic of the digital?

This book is intended to introduce this seminal figure of post-medial practices to younger generations and, by including responses to his work by contemporary artists, to reflect on the ways in which his work is relevant to artistic practice now.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 112 pages, 80 Illustrations, unspecified
  • Publisher: Lars Muller Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Individual artists, art monographs
  • ISBN: 9783037784334



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