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Show curated by artist and critic [[Jack Burnham]] for the Jewish Museum in [[New York City]] in the fall of [[1970]]. The show put together computers and conceptual artists, linking them through the idea of software as a process or a program to be carried out by a machine or, why not, by the audience based on "instruction lines" formulated by the artist.
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[[Image:Software-catalogue.jpg|thumb|250px|''Software'' catalogue, 1970, [http://monoskop.org/log/?p=5886 Log], [[Media:Software_Information_Technology_Its_New_Meaning_for_Art_catalogue.pdf|PDF]].]]
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'''Software - Information Technology: Its New Meaning for Art''' was an exhibition curated by artist and critic [[Jack Burnham]] and held at the Jewish Museum in Brooklyn, [[New York City]], from 16 September - 8 November [[1970]], and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., from 16 December 1970 until 14 February 1971. The show put together computers and conceptual artists, linking them through the idea of software as a process or a program to be carried out by a machine or by the audience based on "instruction lines" formulated by the artist.
  
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Participating artists: [[Vito Acconci]], David Antin, Architecture Group Machine M.I.T., John Baldessari, Robert Barry, Linda Berris, Donald Burgy, Paul Conly, Agnes Denes, Robert Duncan Enzmann, Carl Fernbach-Flarsheim, John Godyear, [[Hans Haacke]], [[Douglas Huebler]], Joseph Kosuth, [[Nam June Paik]], Alex Razdow, Sonia Sheridan, Evander D. Schley, Theodosius Victoria, [[Lawrence Weiner]].
  
'''Articles'''
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==Catalogue==
* [[Jack Burnham]], "Notes on Art and Information Processing," in Software - Information Technology: Its New Meaning for Art - pages 10-14; catalog of the "Software" exhibition curated by Burnham at the Jewish Museum in Brooklyn, NY (16 September - 8 November 1970).
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* ''[[Media:Software_Information_Technology_Its_New_Meaning_for_Art_catalogue.pdf|Software - Information Technology: Its New Meaning for Art]]'', New York: Jewish Museum, 1970, 71 pp.
* "Software Everywhere: Jewish Museum, NY, exhibition" by Dore Ashton in Studio International, Vol. 180 (November 1970), pages 200-202.
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* "Art and Information: 'Software' at the Jewish Museum" by Bitite Vinklers in Arts magazine, Vol. 45, No. 1 (September 1970), page 46.
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==Literature==
* "Notes on Jack Burnham's Concepts of a Software Exhibition," by Robert Mallory in Leonardo, Volume 3, Number 2 (1970), pages 189-190.
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* Dore Ashton, "Software Everywhere: Jewish Museum, NY, exhibition", ''Studio International'' 180, Nov 1970, pp 200-202.
* [[Jack Burnham]], "Comments on Mallary's Note" in Leonardo, Volume 3, Number 2 (April 1970), pages 265-266. A response to Robert Mallory's review of the "Software" show, in the same issue.
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* Bitite Vinklers, "Art and Information: 'Software' at the Jewish Museum", ''Arts Magazine'' 45:1, Sep 1970, p 46.
* "The House That Jack Built: Jack Burnham's Concept of Software as a Metaphor for Art," by Edward A. Shanken. Originally published in the Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Vol. 6, No. 10 (November, 1998). Reprinted in  Reframing Consciousness: Art, Mind and Technology, edited by Roy Ascott (Exeter, England: Intellect Books, 1999, hardcover ISBN = 1-84150-013-5, paperback ISBN = 1-84150-051-8). http://www.artexetra.com/House.html
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* Robert Mallory, "Notes on Jack Burnham's Concepts of a Software Exhibition", ''Leonardo'' 3:2, 1970, pp 189-190.
* A German-language synopsis of the "Software" show, the planning behind it and the works it contained - by Lutz Dammbeck, 2003. http://www.t-h-e-n-e-t.com/html/_film/them/_them_software.htm
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* Jack Burnham, "Comments on Mallary's Note", ''Leonardo'' 3:2, Apr 1970, pp 265-266. A response to Robert Mallory's review of the ''Software'' show, in the same issue.
* Comments on and description of the catalog of the Software show, in French and English, by Vincent Bonin, Daniel Langlois Foundation, 2004. http://www.fondation-langlois.org/html/f/page.php?NumPage=541, http://www.fondation-langlois.org/html/e/page.php?NumPage=541
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* Jack Burnham, [[Media:Burnham_Jack_Duchamps_Bride_Stripped_Bare_The_Meaning_of_the_Large_Glass.pdf|"Duchamp's Bride Stripped Bare: The Meaning of the Large Glass"]], ''Arts Magazine'', Mar-May 1972. ''Large Glass'' (1915-22) served as an architectural model for the installation of the ''Software'' exhibition.
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* Jack Burnham, [[Media:Burnham_Jack_1980_Art_and_Technology_The_Panacea_That_Failed.pdf|"Art and Technology: The Panacea That Failed"]], in ''The Myths of Information'', ed. Kathleen Woodward, Coda Press, 1980.
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* Edward A. Shanken, [http://www.artexetra.com/House.pdf "The House That Jack Built: Jack Burnham's Concept of Software as a Metaphor for Art"], ''Leonardo Electronic Almanac'' 6:10, Nov 1998; repr. in  ''Reframing Consciousness: Art, Mind and Technology'', ed. Roy Ascott, Exeter, UK: Intellect Books, 1999.
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* Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Nick Montfort, [[Media:From_Software_exhibition_1970.pdf|"From ''Software - Information Technology: Its New Meaning for Art''"]], in ''The New Media Reader'', 2003.
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* Lutz Dammbeck, a synopsis of the "Software" show, the planning behind it and the works it contained, 2003. [http://www.t-h-e-n-e-t.com/html/_film/them/_them_software.htm] {{de}}
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* Vincent Bonin, [http://www.fondation-langlois.org/html/e/page.php?NumPage=541 commentary about the exhibition and catalogue], Daniel Langlois Foundation, 2004. [http://www.fondation-langlois.org/html/f/page.php?NumPage=541 (Also in French)].
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* Edward A. Shanken, [https://artexetra.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/shanken-in-forming-software-icono-2014-rev.pdf "In Forming Software: ''Software'', Structuralism, Demythification,"] ''Icono'' 12:2, 2014, pp 9-28.
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==Links==
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* [http://dada.compart-bremen.de/node/3691 ''Software'' show] in CompArt database
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Revision as of 09:45, 13 March 2018

Software catalogue, 1970, Log, PDF.

Software - Information Technology: Its New Meaning for Art was an exhibition curated by artist and critic Jack Burnham and held at the Jewish Museum in Brooklyn, New York City, from 16 September - 8 November 1970, and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., from 16 December 1970 until 14 February 1971. The show put together computers and conceptual artists, linking them through the idea of software as a process or a program to be carried out by a machine or by the audience based on "instruction lines" formulated by the artist.

Participating artists: Vito Acconci, David Antin, Architecture Group Machine M.I.T., John Baldessari, Robert Barry, Linda Berris, Donald Burgy, Paul Conly, Agnes Denes, Robert Duncan Enzmann, Carl Fernbach-Flarsheim, John Godyear, Hans Haacke, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, Nam June Paik, Alex Razdow, Sonia Sheridan, Evander D. Schley, Theodosius Victoria, Lawrence Weiner.

Catalogue

Literature

Links


Art exhibitions and events

Second Spring Exhibition of OBMOKhU (Moscow, 1920-21), Congress of International Progressive Artists (Düsseldorf, 1922), Congress of the Constructivists and Dadaists (Weimar, 1922), First Russian Art Exhibition (Berlin, 1922), New Art Exhibition (Vilnius, 1923), Zenit Exhibition (Belgrade, 1924), Contimporanul Exhibition (Bucharest, 1924), Machine-Age Exposition (New York, 1927), a.r. International Collection of Modern Art (Łódź, 1931), New Tendencies (Zagreb, 1961-73), The Responsive Eye (New York, 1965), 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering (New York, 1966), Cybernetic Serendipity (London, 1968), Live In Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form (Bern, 1969), Information (New York, 1970), Software - Information Technology: Its New Meaning for Art (New York, 1970), Documenta 5 (Kassel, 1972), Pictures (New York, 1977), Biennial of Dissent (Venice, 1977), Les Immatériaux (Paris, 1985), Magiciens de la Terre (Paris, 1989), Hybrid Workspace (Kassel, 1997)