Laser-projected images on moving steam screens, solar-tracked holograms, a 144-foot water prism and helium-lifted sky sculptures are some of the features of "Centerbeam," a kinetic performing group work exhibited at documenta 6 in Kessel, Germany (1977) and on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (1978). Its production involved the participation of 22 artists at MIT's Center for Advanced Visual Studies—as well as science and engineering consultants. These illustrations, essays, and biographical profiles of the contributors provide a history of the work, documenting the unusual collaborative process that brought it into being.
About the Editors
Otto Piene, project director for "Centerbeam" and director of MIT's Center for Advanced Visual Studies, continues to explore the many interfaces of art, technology, and the environment.
Elizabeth Goldring, one of "Centerbeam's" contributing artists, is a research fellow at MIT's Center for Advanced Visual Studies.
"The combination of art and technology that produced Centerbeam may be unfamiliar to the average visitor, but the creators want to share its futuristic secrets.... 'All the things that are hidden away and locked away are out here for peopel to see and be friendly with.' [Lowry Burgess, artistic director for Centerbeam]"—Washington Star
"That hundred-foot high black silk rose floating over the Mall is not a mutation escaped from the Botanic Garden—it's part of Centerbeam.... You don't have to know art or science to know what's pretty or strange."—Washington Post