CYLAND Archive: Julie Martin and Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.)


CYLAND Archive is a news section in which we tell about people and events that occupy a special place in the history of the CYFEST festival and our media laboratory.

In 2007, Julie Martin, Director of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), came to St. Petersburg at the invitation of CYLAND. E.A.T. is a non-profit organization cofounded in New York in 1966 by artists Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Whitman and engineers Billy Klüver (Martin’s late husband) and Fred Waldhauer. E.A.T. sought to broaden the role of the artist in contemporary society and actively fostered interdisciplinary collaboration. The organization opposed the formalization of creating artwork and facilitated personal contact between representatives of the art world and science.

The E.A.T. biography is an inspiring story about the cocreation of artists, composers, choreographers, engineers, and technicians, including John Cage, Lucinda Childs, Öyvind Fahlström, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainer, David Tudor, Bela Julesz, Max Mathews, John Pierce, Manfred Schroeder, and others.

Julie Martin’s lecture on technological experimentation in art 1960-2001 and the history of E.A.T., and the publication that followed laid the foundation for the CYLAND / CYFEST educational program.

With Julie’s permission, we have published a PDF translation of her lecture.

Билли Клувер