EXPERIMENTS IN ART AND TECHNOLOGY LOS ANGELES RECORDS, 1969-1975

Finding aid prepared by Annette Leddy


Descriptive Summary

Title: Experiments in Art and Technology Los Angeles records
Date (inclusive): 1969-1975
Number: 2003.M.12
Creator/Collector: Experiments in Art and Technology Los Angeles (Organization)
Physical Description: 5.5 linear feet (4 boxes and 2 flat-file folders)
Repository:
The Getty Research Institute
Special Collections
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
(310) 440-7390
Abstract: Collection of materials documenting Experiments in Art and Technology Los Angeles, a non-profit organization fostering collaborations between artists and scientists that generally operated independently of the original New York-based E.A.T. The collection offers a survey of proposed and completed projects by the Los Angeles E.A.T. organization.
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Language: Collection material is in

Biographical/Historical note

Experiments in Art and Technology was founded in New York in 1966 by Billy Kluver, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Whitman and Fred Waldhaer. Local groups had been organized throughout the world beginning in 1967, and in 1969 regional offices were established in Los Angeles and Tokyo. E.A.T. Los Angeles operated independently of the parent organization, except in the collaborative construction of the Spherical Mirror Dome, exhibited at Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan.

Administrative Information

Access

Open for use by qualified researchers.

Publication Rights

Preferred Citation

Experiments in Art and Technology Los Angeles Records, 1969-1975, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accesssion no. 2003.M.12.

Acquisition

Acquired in 2003.

Processing History

Annette Leddy processed and cataloged the collection.

Related Archival Materials

Experiments in Art and Technology records, 1966-1993, Accession no. 940003.

Scope and Content of Collection

In the 1960s, a range of new technologies and materials were developed in the United States, partly in response to the challenges of space exploration. E.A.T. and like organizations formed as artists, architects, and social visionaries perceived the creative possibilities of lasers, sound technologies, optical instruments, new plastics, and computers. The collection offers a survey of the projects the Los Angeles E.A.T. organization proposed and completed in pursuit of its stated mission to foster collaborations between artists and scientists, make new technologies available to artists, and educate children in the creative possibilities of science.
The first project, the Spherical Mirror Dome installed at Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan, was fabricated from extremely thin metalized malanex fitted with sixty-four gores to form an almost perfect two-thirds sphere. When inflated to maximum pressure, the spherical mirror was ninety feet high, causing a complex of virtual and inverted images to appear in mid-air and on the dome's surface. The collection documents this project with photographs, brochures, correspondence and a 16mm film by Eric Saarinen.
Other documented endeavors include an art and technology conference at the University of Southern California, a mobile unit program to allow school children to play with computers and audio-visual equipment, a film series about science, a computer game in which participants designed a new community, a conference about innovations in architecture and urban planning, and a service that matched artists with scientists of like interests.

Arrangement note

Project documentation arranged in chronological order.

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Corporate Bodies

Expo '70 (Osaka, Japan)

Subjects - Topics

Art and Technology

Genres and Forms of Material

Motion pictures
Photographic prints
Photographs, Original
Posters

Contributors

Experiments in Art and Technology (Organization)
Saarinen, Eric


Container List

 

Experiments in Art and Technology Los Angeles records

Box 1, Folder 1

E.A.T. New York report to the Ford Foundation, 1966-1969

Physical Description: 1.0 item

Scope and Content Note

Including a history of the organization's activities, with mention of local branches and regional offices, such as E.A.T. Los Angeles.
Box 1, Folder 2

SDC school system crisis simulation, 1969

Physical Description: 1.0 item

Scope and Content Note

A Fact Book for a game by David Benor and Bruce Clary.
Box 1,3-4

Spherical mirror for Pepsi Cola pavilion at Expo '70, Osaka, Japan, 1969-1970

Physical Description: 3.0 boxes
Box 3

The great big mirror dome project, 1969

Physical Description: 1.0 film reel(s)

Scope and Content Note

16 mm film by Eric Saarinen, documenting the opening of the model for the mirror dome at the Marine Corps Air Station, Santa Ana, California.
Box 4, Folder 1

Photographs, 1969

Physical Description: 3.0 color photographs
Box 1, Folder 3

Brochures, 1970

Physical Description: 3.0 items
Box 1, Folder 4

Letters, post exhibition, 1970

Physical Description: 10.0 letters
Box 1, Flatfile 1

E.A.T. in process, 1970

Physical Description: 7 folders, 1 flat file

Scope and Content Note

Material about the first Art and Technology conference, held at the University of Southern California.
Box 1, Folder 5

Assorted ephemera, 1970

Physical Description: 3.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes announcement, event program, and issue of Survey containing conference review.
Flatfile 1

Conference poster, 1970

Physical Description: 1.0 item
Box 1, Folder 6

Art lecture series, 1970

Physical Description: 3.0 items
Box 1, Folder 7

Artist/scientist collaborations, 1970-1971

Physical Description: 7.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Information sheets and questionaires about a project to match artists with scientists in collaborative projects.
Box 1, Folder 8-10

Mobile unit, 1970-1971

Physical Description: 3.0 folders

Scope and Content Note

Notes and drafts, photocopies, and one bound copy of a proposal to create a mobile unit containing new computer technology that would travel to schools and allow children to experiment with the equipment.
Box 1, Folder 11

Survey, 1970-1971

Physical Description: 5.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Issues 2, 4, 6, 7 (2 copies of # 7)
Flatfile 2

Poster for Art and Technology exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1971

Physical Description: 1.0 item
Box 1, Folder 12

E.A.T. in review, 1971

Physical Description: 1.0 item

Scope and Content Note

Mimeographed information sheet about E.A.T. LA projects.
Box 1, Folder 13-14

Shelters for mankind, 1972

Physical Description: 2.0 folders

Scope and Content Note

Brochures, press releases, questionaires, correspondence, and clippings.
Box 2, Folder 1-2

Trade-off, 1972

Physical Description: 2.0 folders

Scope and Content Note

Proposal for a computer assisted preference gathering game in which participants design a new community with a population of 100,000 in a 12 square-mile area. Includes proposal typescript, handwritten drafts, drawings, and print-out.
Box 2, Folder 3

Computer-assisted instruction/video media center, 1972

Physical Description: 2.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Progress report on a media center at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, Los Angeles.
Box 2, Folder 4

Images of science, 1975

Physical Description: 1.0 item

Scope and Content Note

a proposal to produce a film series on present-day American scientists and their work.
Box 2, Folder 6

Oodles, undated

Physical Description: 1.0 item

Scope and Content Note

Illustrated report about a television program introducing children to the world of science.