“9 Evenings Reconsidered”

Museum of Design

9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering took place at the New York Armory in 1966. This intensely ambitious—almost monumental—series of events was presented over nine evenings under the aegis of Billy Klüver, then still working as an electrical engineer at Bell Laboratories. The performances, which involved complex technologies, were conceived by ten well-known artists of the postwar avant-garde (Steve Paxton, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Robert Rauschenberg, David Tudor, Yvonne Rainer, John Cage, Lucinda Childs, Robert Whitman, and Öyvind Fahlström) in close collaboration with a team of over thirty engineers. In retrospect, the project seems like a last gasp for the decade’s efforts to break down boundaries between the arts and between art and life, art and science, individual and public, subject and object. New connections between process, collapse, simultaneity, synesthesia, coincidence, and

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