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The Aesthetics of Collaboration: Complicity and Conversion at MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies

2016

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This essay uses new archival sources to reconstruct the aesthetics – and ethics – of collaboration at Gyorgy Kepes’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT during the Cold War. Exploring how the Center's artistic ambitions became entangled with military agendas, this essay reveals two contradictory models of interdisciplinary exchange – one based on complicity, the other based on conversion – and examines the conflicts that arose from this double bind.

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