Kempelen - Man in the Machine

Media Art and History Exhibition

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Creation Date:
2007-03-24 - 2007-05-28
Even though we are separated from Kempelen's world by more than two hundred years, we can still recognise the similarities bet­ween that atmosphere of scientific discoveries constantly out­bidding each other, with technical and technological innovations appearing in the second half of the 18th century, and the multi­fariousness of art forms, and our own present. The other aim of the exhibition is the elaboration of the history of innovative thinking, and the presentation of elements of technical and conceptual history inspired by von Kempelen and his mecha­nisms. Alongside the historical correlations, the show presents con­temporary media artworks - in part, commissioned specifically for this occasion - that, taking the sphere of thought of Kempe­len's inventions as their point of departure, discover the relationship bet­ween the ideas of the Enlightenment and the questions of the pre­sent day.

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Original Title (Hungarian):
Kempelen - Ember a gépben
Original Subtitle:
Médiaművészeti és történeti kiállítás
Budapest, Műcsarnok / Kunsthalle
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