From: Joel S. Bachar (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Dec 12 2006 - 12:51:24 PST
A%2F%2Fwww.9evenings.org> robert rauschenberg
open score 12 DECEMBER 2006 - PRESS RELEASE
Contact for press/preview discs/screening bookings:
Patrick Kwiatkowski +1-713-412-5120, email suppressed
Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.)
9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering - a 10 DVD set of films on a legendary
series of theater, dance, music and performances at the New York 69th
Regiment Armory in 1966 by 10 New York artists: Robert Rauschenberg, John
Cage, David Tudor, Yvonne Rainer, Deborah Hay, Robert Whitman, Steve Paxton,
Alex Hay, Lucinda Childs and Öyvind Fahlström.
In 1966 10 New York artists worked with 30 engineers and scientists from the
world renowned Bell Telephone Laboratories to create groundbreaking
performances that incorporated new technology. Video projection, wireless
sound transmission, and Doppler sonar - technologies that are commonplace
today - had never been seen in the art of the 60's. The 9 Evenings DVD
Series is an important documentation of the collaborations between the
artists and engineers that produced innovative works using these emerging
technologies. These performances still resonate today, as forerunners of the
close and rapidly-evolving relationship between artists and technology.
The DVDs one on each artists performance -- will be released sequentially
over the next two years with the initial publication of the series: Robert
Rauschenberg - Open Score, available Feb 27, 2007, followed by the second in
the series: John Cage - Variations VII, available June 26, 2007. Each DVD
will be PAL and NTSC system compatible.
9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering is recognized as a major artistic event of
the 1960s. The performances represented the culmination of a period of
extraordinary creative energy in art, dance and music in the late 1950s and
early 1960s, and they also pointed to the future, as artists began to use
new technology in their work.
9 Evenings was organized by Robert Rauschenberg and Billy Klüver, then a
research scientist at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey. It was
held at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City from October 13-23, 1966.
As Billy Klüver has written: "9 Evenings was unique in the incredible
richness and imagination of the performances. The Armory space allowed the
artists to work on an unprecedented scale, and their involvement with
technology and collaborations with the engineers added a dimension of
unfamiliarity and challenge. They responded with major works."
9 Evenings was the first large-scale collaboration between artists and
engineers and scientists. The two groups worked together for 10 months to
develop technical equipment and systems that were used as an integral part
of the artists performances. Their collaboration produced many "firsts" in
the use of new technology for the theater, both with specially-designed
systems and equipment and with innovative use of existing equipment.
Closed-circuit television and television projection was used on stage for
the first time; a fiber-optics camera picked up objects in a performer's
pocket; an infrared television camera captured action in total darkness; a
Doppler sonar device translated movement into sound; and portable wireless
FM transmitters and amplifiers transmitted speech and body sounds to Armory
Using archival film footage and original sound recordings, the 9 Evenings
films reconstruct each artist's performance as fully as possible; they also
contain new interviews with artists, engineers and performers to illuminate
the artistic, technical and historical aspects of the works.
Performances are by nature ephemeral events; this DVD series assures that
the 9 Evenings will not be lost but will be available to new generations of
dance and theater students as well as art scholars, artists and the general
public who will have a concrete representation of what 9 Evenings looked
like and how it came to play such an important role in American 20th century
The films on 9 Evenings are produced for E.A.T. by Julie Martin and directed
by Barbro Schultz Lundestam. They are funded in part by generous gifts from
Robert Rauschenberg and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation as well as with
support from the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art Science and Technology.
The 10 disc DVD series, 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering, is co-produced by
E.A.T. and ARTPIX and will be distributed worldwide by Microcinema
E.A.T. is a service organization that promotes the collaboration between
artists and engineers to provide artists with access to new technology and
to facilitate their participation in projects dealing with areas of social
ARTPIX is a non profit organization that produces DVDs about the arts
including: Robert Whitman: Performances from the 60s; Trisha Brown: Early
Works 1966-1979; William Wegman: Video Works 1970-1999.(www.artpix.org)
Visit www.9evenings.org for more
Microcinema International - The Art of the Moving Image
Microcinema is a leading international distributor and licensor of the
moving image arts.
Microcinema International is exclusive distributor worldwide for the entire
series of 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering (www.microcinema.com). The
series will be available online at www.microcinemadvd.com or for wholesale,
institutional or educational purchasing. For info and for
theatrical/institutional screening/display information please contact: Joel
Bachar, Microcinema International, 1636 Bush St., St. 2, San Francisco CA
94109, +1-415.447.9750 / FAX +1-509.351.1530 / email suppressed
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For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.