Celebrating Nine Evenings Fifty Years Later !! Remember the Pioneers of art, science,technology !

We are in the decade of celebrating a number of key 50th anniversaries in the art science technology !

Check out the Leonardo Memoirs of Pioneers Project ! If you did pioneering work in art/sci/tech before 1984 and would like to publish some memoirs contact me.

After the kinetic art movement of the 1950s, one of the births of the art, science  and technology community of practicve, the first use of computers was in music, and the first graphic arts  in 1962; the Howard Wise show was 1965; Frieder Nake,  Manfred Mohr, Liliane Lijne  had started their work by 1965; Cybernetic Serendipity was 1968; many around the planet were doing computer art by 1968 (Chuck Csuri, Vera Molnar, Leslie Mezei, to name just a few) ( see  the Leonardo Memoirs of Pioneers info at the end of this blog.

In Seattle a 50th anniversary festival celebrating the 50th of Nine Evenings  is being organised

Here is the announcement

Roger Malina


Nine More Evenings — Fifty More Years


Imagine: you watch a dancer interpret the thought patterns of a quadriplegic through a direct brain connection … you interact with live data visualizations generated by sea creatures deep in the Salish Sea … you wear a jacket that pulses in time with the heartbeats of people sleeping on the street.

This is 9E2, a festival of art, science, and technology.

The year 1966 saw a legendary and pivotal event in the history of technology-driven art. Called “9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering,” the project brought together 10 artists and 30 scientists and engineers from Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Flash forward half a century to 2016 and the fiftieth anniversary of this key event. We plan to commemorate this anniversary with a festival of art and technology to be held in Seattle in the fall of 2016. The 9E2 festival will team artists with scientists and engineers in a spirit of experimentation. The primary goal of the festival is to advance art-science collaboration highlighting contemporary themes. The festival will run for multiple evenings, and will include performances, installations, exhibits, and discussions.

Put together by the artist Robert Rauschenberg and a visionary Bell Labs engineer named Billy Klüver, the original 1966 series ran for nine evenings of performances and was based on the newest technologies of the time (particularly in the areas of communications and cybernetics). Held at the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan, the performances featured such artists as Rauschenberg and John Cage and choreographers Deborah Hay and Yvonne Rainier. Each artist was matched with a scientist or engineer from Bell Labs. They were assisted by a number of other engineers, along with other artists and performers, including Frank Stella, Cark Andre, Robert Morris, and Meredith Monk. Over the nine evenings, more than 10,000 people came through the doors of the Armory.

In 2016, we will draw together artists and scientists from across the globe, pairing them with artists, scientists and engineers from Seattle’s vibrant art community and technology companies and schools, producing the work to be shown at the festival. In so doing, we will highlight and celebrate Seattle’s place as a center for creative development and exploration of new technologies. We will foster alliances between artists, scientists, and the community — reinforcing collaboration and creativity and leading to powerful work. At the same time, we will commemorate a half-century of the artistic traditions engendered by the original 9 Evenings.

We will document the festival in video and in a book, and expect to leave a lasting legacy: new work, new bonds between artists and technologists, new ways of looking at and using technology, and a new awareness of the interconnections between science, technology and art.

The organisers web site is at: http://9e2seattle.com/index.html

Roger Malina

We are pleased to bring your attention to the Leonardo Memoirs of Pioneers Project

Check out what Michael Noll of Bell Labs thinks, Lilane Lijn, Dan Sandin, Sherban Epure, Trudy Reaghan and others

What do our Pioneers in Art and Technology Remember 40 years later ? 
Leonardo Memoirs of Pioneers Announcement of Recent Publications and Call for Memoirs from Pioneers in Art, Science and Technology

Pioneers and Pathbreakers seeks to publish written and oral memoirs by artists, engineers, gallery owners, curators, and others who were
instrumental in intertwining the collective destinies of art, science, and technology from 1960s to the middle of the 1980s.
If you are a pioneer that was active at least 30 years ago ( before the mid-80s) and would be interested in publishing your memoirs project contact Poe Johnson via leonardomanuscripts@gmail.com
We are pleased to bring to your attention memoirs by pioneers Liliajn Lijn, A Michael Noll, Reg Gadney, Frieder Nake, Jim Pallas, Jacques Mandelbrojt ,Helen and Newton Harrison…published in Creative Disturbance podcasts, Leonardo Journal articles and Leonardo/OLATS Temoignage documents.

Recently published Memoirs of Pioneers in the Leonardo Journal:


Intrinsic Art, A Cultural Capsule

Sherban Epuré is an American, Romanian-born, artist, trained in painting and electronics, who emigrated to New York in 1980. He creates images representing cybernetic interactions. Epuré has exhibited in many venues; he lectures and writes to promote the application of science to art



Can Personal Meaning Be Derived from Science?
Trudy Myrrh Reagan

 Web site:www.myrrh-art.com.

 we derived deep personal meaning from the vast and intricate world revealed by science. Beyond unearthing facts and inspiring alluring images, this intricate world contributes to an overall context for one’s life. She also acknowledges its ethic of concern for the integrity of research results.

Jim Pallas: Century of Light Shines for Twenty-five Years

Michael Noll: Early Digital Computer Art at Bell Telephone Laboratories, Incorporated
The Harrisons: Talking and Remembering : http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/LEON_a_00320#.VZfSbfmqqp

Forthcoming: Frank Popper, Trudy Reaghan,

Recently Published Open Access on the Leonardo/OLATS Pioneers and Pathbreakers site: http://olats.org/pionniers/pionniers.php

Témoignage-Memoirs: “Bell Telephone Laboratories, Incorporated: An Early Digital Media Lab”, A. Michael NOLL, June 8, 2014
Témoignage-Memoirs: “Essay: New Media at Bell Labs”, A. Michael NOLL, August 21, 2014.

Recently Published as open access podcasts on Creative Disturbance:

The Work and Legacy of Liliane Lijn

Frieder Nake on Emergence in Generative, Algorithmic Art
Reg Gadney on Modern Art’s Unsung Pioneer: Frank Malina

Jacques Mandelbrojt se rappel

Roger Malina, Poe Johnson, Annick Bureaud, Bronac Ferran, Fabrice Lapelletrie, Charissa Terranova for the Leonardo Memoirs of Pioneers Project: http://www.leonardo.info/isast/journal/calls/pioneers.html
and the Frieda Ackerman Committee for P and P:  http://olats.org/pionniers/groupe_frieda_ackerman.php


Michael Noll just sent me this thoughtful comment about the 50th anniversary of 5 evenings


From Noll:

I was not a believer in E.A.T. and felt the artist should know and understand the technology as the medium. 9 Evenings was something of a disappointment and perhaps a source of negativism toward art/technology which might have spilled over against computer art back then.
A big question is what came from 9 Evenings? Per Biorn was involved heavily with a number of artists — as I mentioned in my memorial tribute to him. Per believed — and acted on his beliefs. But some of the artists in the end came to ignore his contributions. The emphasis on E.A.T. was the engineer and the technology — that too seems forgotten today.
I await the Zabet Patterson book from the MIT Press.. The title of her book is “Bell Labs, the S-C 4020, and the Origins of Computer Art.” However, the SC-4020 was replaced in 1968 with a Stromberg DatagraphiX SD-4360. Also a pen plotter could have been used to create computer art — and was in Germany in the early to mid 1960s. The microfilm plotter was great for animation — sharp, fast, little jitter.
I still have a problem with those who believe that computer art began in 1968 or later. I did my first work in 1962; the Howard Wise show was 1965; the Germans had done their work by 1965; Cybernetic Serendipity was 1968; many around the planet were doing computer art by 1968 (Chuck Csuri, Vera Molnar, Leslie Mezei, to name just a few)
History is indeed cruel !! What we remember is a combination of fact and fiction !
Roger Malina