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EntangledTechnology and the Transformation of Performance$
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Chris Salter

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262195881

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262195881.001.0001

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(p.277) 7 Machines/Mechanicals

Chris Salter

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This chapter illustrates how mechanical or robotic performances can get the same status as human performances. Jasia Reichardt put forward the argument that characteristics of machines are attributed less to their appearance and more to their behavior. This led to a gradual shift in creating machines and robots who can perform autonomous movements. The author discusses the industrial art scenes and machine sound art of the 1990s in Europe and America. The second part of the chapter focuses more on the replacement of human operators with robots that can perform the same gestures. The chapter concludes with the concept of system aesthetics put forward by art historian Jack Burnham in creating autonomous, cybernetic, sculptures and robots that can perform in galleries and theatres without human intervention.

Keywords:   robotic performances, autonomous movements, cybernetic sculptures, galleries, machine, sound art

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