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Baruch Gottlieb
2 min readAug 25, 2017

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Marshall McLuhan and the Arts

exhibition: 22.09.2017–19.11.2017 West den Haag

opening: 22.09 1900 Huis Huguetan Lange Voorhout 34 2514 EE Den Haag

1. Symposium: 28 & 29.09: 1100–1900 KABK den Haag
“For a Reasonable Ecology between the Media”
Richard Cavell (CA), Ganaele Langlois (CA), Jasper Berner (US) Florian Cramer (DE), Geert Lovink (NL), Josephine Bosma (NL), Dmytri Kleiner (CA), Willem van Weelden (NL)

28.09: 2000
Special performance by Peter Blegvad (UK) and Slapp Happy (UK/FR)!

Feedback #1, Marshall McLuhan and the Arts

Recursive exhibition and symposium project. Celebrating the synthetic practices of the Toronto School, featuring rare archival material form the radical experimental publishing art practice of Marshall McLuhan. Feedback↩ brings artists, designers, scholars and thinkers together to probe, encounter and contest the light-speed electronic information environments we inhabit today.

Exploding out of the wreckage of World War II the early cyberneticists Norbert Wiener and Claude Shannon, sketched out a future where even thinking could be automated. Marshall McLuhan saw in the electronic information of global instantaneous mass-communication of the satellite and tv age, the end of the rational tradition of enlightenment Humanism, and the emergence of a ‘Global Village’ and ‘Global Theater’ where people would be caught up in their interconnectivity and develop new social art forms.

The pace of technological transformation, automation and globalisation has resulted in massive human migration, precaritization, displacement and new transitional modes of existence. Publics are formed and dissolved algorithmically according to need, no longer on the level of opinion or knowledge, but according to advanced social cybernetics of the advertising economy. The medium is the message↩.

Artists: Marshall McLuhan (CA), Wolfgang Spahn (AT), Darsha Hewitt (CA), Christof Migone (CA), Thomas Bégin (CA), Haroun Farocki (DE), !Mediengruppe Bitnik (DE/CH), Mogens Jacobsen (DK), Reynold Reynolds (USA), Hito Steyerl (DE), Peter Blegvad (UK), Willy Lemaitre (CA), Angela Washko (USA), Stephanie Syjuco (USA), MRZB (IT), Disnovation (FR)

With contributions from: Ganaele Langlois (CA), Richard Cavell (CA), Graham Larkin (CA), Janine Marchessault (CA), Michael Darroch (CA), Marshall McLuhan (CA), Florian Cramer (DE), Geert Lovink (NL), Josephine Bosma (NL), Simon Rogers (CA) and others.

Curators: Baruch Gottlieb (CA) & Marie-José Sondeijker (NL), DEW Line Magazine display curated with Graham Larkin, Explorations display curated with Michael Darroch, with curatorial contributions from Simon Rogers.

This is the first station of the touring program, which will include workshops and more symposia in the Hague as well as programs in Berlin (2018), Paris (2018), Toronto (2019)

Supported by the Mondriaan Stichting, Het ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap (OCW), Gemeente Den Haag, Embassy of Canada the Hague, Embassy of Canada Berlin, Marshall McLuhan Salon, Canada Council for the Arts, transmediale, University of Art Berlin, McLuhan Program at the University of Toronto, Kelly Library University of Toronto, marshallmcluhanspeaks.com/

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