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Arts 2014, 3(4), 394-406;

Movement and Time in the Nexus between Technological Modes with Jean Tinguely’s Kineticism

The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Perth, 6009 Australia
Received: 25 April 2014 / Revised: 13 August 2014 / Accepted: 12 September 2014 / Published: 11 December 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Kinetic and Op Art)
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This paper addresses auto-destructive artworks by Jean Tinguely, Homage to New York (1960) and Study for an End of the World No. 2 (1962), to explore a changing consciousness of time in a period of technological transition from modern industrial machines towards the domestication of televisual devices. One effect of these is works is a contribution to a turbulent consciousness of time by orchestrating new perceptions of temporality with mechanical and tele-communicational media. Tinguely’s kineticism is useful for articulating how different technologies can be used to rationalize time in different ways and highlight an incompatibility between the expression of time as an unfolding duration with mechanical media, and the temporal demands of televisual broadcast media. View Full-Text
Keywords: kinesis; kineticism; Jean Tinguely; temporality kinesis; kineticism; Jean Tinguely; temporality
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Chau, C. Movement and Time in the Nexus between Technological Modes with Jean Tinguely’s Kineticism. Arts 2014, 3, 394-406.

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