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Finding aid for the Experiments in Art and Technology Los Angeles records, 1969-1975
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Administrative Information
  • Related Archival Materials
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Experiments in Art and Technology Los Angeles records
    Date (inclusive): 1969-1975
    Number: 2003.M.12
    Creator/Collector: Experiments in Art and Technology Los Angeles (Organization)
    Physical Description: 5.5 linear feet (4 boxes and 2 flat-file folders)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: Collection of materials documenting Experiments in Art and Technology Los Angeles, a non-profit organization fostering collaborations between artists and scientists that generally operated independently of the original New York-based E.A.T. The collection offers a survey of proposed and completed projects by the Los Angeles E.A.T. organization.
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    Language: Collection material is in

    Biographical/Historical note

    Experiments in Art and Technology was founded in New York in 1966 by Billy Kluver, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Whitman and Fred Waldhaer. Local groups had been organized throughout the world beginning in 1967, and in 1969 regional offices were established in Los Angeles and Tokyo. E.A.T. Los Angeles operated independently of the parent organization, except in the collaborative construction of the Spherical Mirror Dome, exhibited at Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Experiments in Art and Technology Los Angeles Records, 1969-1975, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accesssion no. 2003.M.12.


    Acquired in 2003.

    Processing History

    Annette Leddy processed and cataloged the collection.

    Related Archival Materials

    Experiments in Art and Technology records, 1966-1993, Accession no. 940003.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    In the 1960s, a range of new technologies and materials were developed in the United States, partly in response to the challenges of space exploration. E.A.T. and like organizations formed as artists, architects, and social visionaries perceived the creative possibilities of lasers, sound technologies, optical instruments, new plastics, and computers. The collection offers a survey of the projects the Los Angeles E.A.T. organization proposed and completed in pursuit of its stated mission to foster collaborations between artists and scientists, make new technologies available to artists, and educate children in the creative possibilities of science.
    The first project, the Spherical Mirror Dome installed at Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan, was fabricated from extremely thin metalized malanex fitted with sixty-four gores to form an almost perfect two-thirds sphere. When inflated to maximum pressure, the spherical mirror was ninety feet high, causing a complex of virtual and inverted images to appear in mid-air and on the dome's surface. The collection documents this project with photographs, brochures, correspondence and a 16mm film by Eric Saarinen.
    Other documented endeavors include an art and technology conference at the University of Southern California, a mobile unit program to allow school children to play with computers and audio-visual equipment, a film series about science, a computer game in which participants designed a new community, a conference about innovations in architecture and urban planning, and a service that matched artists with scientists of like interests.

    Arrangement note

    Project documentation arranged in chronological order.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Corporate Bodies

    Expo '70 (Osaka, Japan)

    Subjects - Topics

    Art and Technology

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Motion pictures
    Photographic prints
    Photographs, Original


    Experiments in Art and Technology (Organization)
    Saarinen, Eric