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EXIT #31 - Machines

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EditorialOlivares & Asociados SL
YearAugust / 2008
LanguageSpanish / English
PagesFrom 160 to 200


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EXIT #31 - Machines

EXIT #31 analyses the way in which photography has represented machines throughout the 20th century.

Rosa Olivares, director and editor of EXIT, reflects in her editorial Sensitive Machines, on the cinematographic iconography of the robot and on how the machine not only symbolises man's fears, but also his desire for perfection. Francisco Javier San Martín, lecturer of History and Theory of Art at the Universidad del País Vasco, traces the history of the way in which the avant-garde appropriated the machine as a metaphor for modernity in his article The Machine and its Shadow. Miles Orvell, Professor of English Literature at Temple University and renowned expert on the history of photography, examines the present day photographic representation of machines. This issue concludes with an essay by Elio Grazioli, Professor of History and Theory of Photography at the Università di Bergamo, which takes Andy Warhol's famous statement "I want to be a machine" as a starting point from which to investigate the relationship contemporary photographers have with the photographic machine and the concept of automation which can be associated with it.

This issue also includes an extensive interview by Louise Neri, current director of Gagosian Gallery and previously editor of Parkett, with Hiroshi Sugimoto on his Conceptual Forms series, dedicated to teaching models of mathematical formulae and models which recreate complex mechanisms, a series which Thomas Kellein, director of the Bielefeld Kunsthalle, also writes about. Portfolio sections are dedicated to the work of Peter Fraser and Stéphane Couturier and include texts written by the artists themselves. Add to this more than thirty photographers who have deal with the theme of the magazine from very different points of view.

As always, the Index section can be found in the last pages, where the basic biographical references for all the artists included in this issue of EXIT can be found.

Texts: Elio Grazioli, Thomas Kellein, Miles Orvell and Francisco Javier San Martín.

 Hiroshi Sugimoto, by Louise Neri.

Portfolios: Peter Fraser and Stéphane Couturier.

Artists: Dieter Appelt, Rob Ball, Lewis Baltz, Olivo Barbieri, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Valérie Belin, Margaret Bourke-White, Maurice Broomfield, Edward Burtynsky, Charlie Chaplin, Antonio Júlio Duarte, Alain Fleischer, Lee Friedlander, Moreno Gentili, Ulrich Görlich, Lewis Hine, Peter Keetman, Germaine Krull, Fernand Léger, Man Ray, Étienne-Jules Marey, L. Mercier, Ugo Mulas, Simon Norfolk, Aleydis Rispa, Thomas Ruff, Charles Sheeler, Lukasz Skapski, Michael Snow, Paul Strand, Juan Travnik, UMBO, Franco Vaccari, and Andy Warhol.