Exhibition by Canadian artist Robert Bean exploring the relationship between John Cage & Marshall McLuhan

26Oct11

ROBERT BEAN – 273@345 (brushing information against information)

November 5 – December 3, 2011
Opening Reception: Fri. Nov. 4,  6:00 – 9:00 PM,
Circuit Gallery at Gallery 345
345 Sorauren Avenue, Toronto, Canada

Circuit Gallery is pleased to present a new solo exhibition by Canadian Artist Robert Bean exploring the relationship between John Cage and Marshall McLuhan.

Robert Bean, Equation 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Bean, “Equation 1” (2011) – DeLegrange Mathematical Model – Hyperbolic paraboloid Canada Science & Technology Museum

 This exhibition considers the influential relationship that Marshall McLuhan and the composer John Cage shared during their lives. Through the use of sound, images of artifacts, archives and experimental scores, the installation presents an exploration of inscription and technology by “brushing information against information”. John Cage makes continuous reference to McLuhan’s ideas in his essays, interviews and mesostics. In particular, he frequently quotes McLuhan’s observation that in the electronic age, our primary occupation is information-gathering and “brushing information against information”.

McLuhan anticipated the transition from anxiety to boredom in the cultural evolution of electronic media and information technology. Observing the transition from content to pattern as well as the non-linear destructuring of reception inherent to electronic technologies, McLuhan perceived an anaesthetic or numbing influence on the human senses. Referencing the Distant Early Warning radar technologies (DEW) deployed during the Cold War, McLuhan described art and artists as a cultural “early warning system”. John Cage, attentive to McLuhan’s observation that the human nervous system is extended beyond the body by electronic media, endeavored to expand and accentuate human sensorial experience is his experimental and optimistic approach to sound, performance and technology.

More information & images at: http://tinyurl.com/3fm9egw

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