Les Immatériaux : Towards the Virtual with Jean-François Lyotard

The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK 

27 March - 28 March 2015.

Constant Dullaart will be part of the spring research forum at The Courtauld Institute of Art on 28 March 2015.

A pioneering combination of  technological experiment, ‘Les Immatériaux’ involved the first ‘personal’ computers, art works, a pick-up literary sound-track following the installation and electronic music.  Great philosophers and artists were involved with the ‘writing experiment’. The two-volume catalogue, a record of curatorial meetings and other reflections, was also experimental.

Les Immatériaux follows Lyotard’s publication of 1979, La condition postmoderne, and its translation into English as The Postmodern Condition in 1984.  A celebration of what Lyotard called ‘technoscience’, ‘Les Immatériaux’ was the very antithesis of the ‘primitivist’, earth-bound aesthetic of ‘Magiciens de la Terre’ the much vaunted  show which followed in 1989, the year when the  long Cold War ended, and an anticipation of the global art world today. The conference will unite veteran artists, philosophers and curators of ‘Les Immatériaux’ from the Centre Pompidou with scholars and artists of today.

17.30 – 19.00, Friday 27 March 2015 (with registration from 17.00)

09.30 – 17.15, Saturday 28 March 2015 (with registration from 09.00)

More information and tickets available here - http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/researchforum/events/2015/spring/LesImmateriaux.shtml

March 27, 2015