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By Block, Holly; Itami, Michi | Art Journal, Spring 1997 | Go to article overview

Foreword


Block, Holly, Itami, Michi, Art Journal


As co-chairs of the studio art sessions at the 1997 College Art Association conference held in New York, we are honored to introduce this special Art Journal insert for the exhibition Techno-Seduction, co-curated by Robert Rindler, dean of the School of Art at Cooper Union, and Deborah Willis, curator of exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution's Center for African American History and Culture. This project would not have been possible were it not for the efforts of Rita Robillard, head of the can Visual Arts Committee. It was Rita who initiated the exhibition segment of the can conference, and it is our hope that this exhibition represents the first of many future institutional and member collaborations.

In the words of the co-curators, the aim of Techno-Seduction is to investigate how "the proliferation of electronically mediated human interactions has profoundly altered the way in which we conceive of and identify ourselves." This project is unusual in many ways. First, all of the artists represented in the exhibition are members of the College Art Association. Secondly, Techno-Seduction is one of the largest technological and mediabased art exhibitions ever organized for a university art gallery in New York. The project also represents the first real collaborative effort between CAA and the Cooper Union School of Art, and we are delighted that the theme of Techno-Seduction dovetails so appropriately with the theme of the studio art conference sessions, which is "The Future Role of the Artist in Society."

Techno-Seduction is appropriately situated within the emerging electronically based art practices and the concerns of CAA. This exhibition establishes a dialogue with form, ideas, and issues. As the co-curators note, Techno-Seduction expresses "artists examining identity, sensuality, sexuality gender, and seduction through new media and technologies." Indeed, the exhibition looks toward the sociological and material concerns facing the twentyfirst century. …

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