Sensing the Future: Moholy-Nagy, Media and the Arts book launch

November 27, 2014 – 7pm to 11pm

Plug In Editions with Lars Müller Publisher is pleased to announce the launch of Sensing the Future: Moholy-Nagy, Media and the Arts from 7-11pm on Thursday, November 27th. The event is free and all are welcome. There will be snacks and a cash bar.

Finding a way to deal with the flood of digital information and images, the changing relationship between people and technology, and the accompanying tendency toward progressive disembodiment are widely debated topics today. In his art and experimental usage of new media the avant-guarde artist and Bauhaus professor Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946) anticipated today’s debates. As early as the 1920s he was convincend that people needed assistance in managing an environment increasingly dominated by technology, overwhelming sensory stimuli, and-Moholy-Nagy’s foresight is nearly prophetic here-the advent of digital culture.

In Sensing the Future: Moholy-Nagy, Media and the Arts author Oliver A. I. Botar examines the methods Moholy-Nagy explored in his work with technology, posing the question as to whether he might even be considered a pioneer of the digital. The book introduces a younger generation to this groundbreaking figure, underscoring the relevance of Moholy-Nagy’s work for contemporary artists and art making.

Title: Sensing the Future: Moholy-Nagy, Media and the Arts
Dimensions: 30 X 21.5 cm
Pages: 192 pages, with ca. 400 illustrations, most of them in full colour
Retail: $50
Design: Lars Müller and Nadine Unterharrer, Design Integral with typography by Lars Müller and Esther Butterworth
Publisher: Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art with Lars Müller Publisher
Project Coordinator: Rebekka Kiesewetter

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art would like to thank the Salgo Trust for Education (New York), Hattula Moholy-Nagy, The Moholy-Nagy Foundation, Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung (Berlin), Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Lars Müller Publishers (Zürich), Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba.