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: 16/10/2014
- Category: Individual artists, art monographs
- ISBN: 9783037784334