Centerbeam. A Performative Sculpture by CAVS

24.05.2017 to 01.10.2017

With its exhibition »Centerbeam. A Performative Sculpture by CAVS«, the ZKM | Karlsruhe marks the 40th anniversary and, parallel to this year’s documenta, recalls the legendary contribution of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to the documenta 6 in Kassel in 1977. The spectacular outdoor installation, which was almost 44 meters long, was a joint project by CAVS Fellows based on an idea by the artist Lowry Burgess, and designed at MIT. It was presented at the documenta 6 in front of the Orangerie. One year later, in 1978, a second version was exhibited at the National Mall in Washington, DC. The installation utilized the at that time newest artistic technologies, such as lasers, holography, steam, neon, video, and inflatables to create a multimedia »art machine« (Manfred Schneckenburger), an «aqueduct into the 21st century« that propagated the fruitful collaboration of artists, scientists, and engineers.