The Imaginary 20th Century

The Imaginary 20th Century

CalArts President Steven D. Lavine welcomes cultural critic, urban historian and novelist Norman M. Klein, curator Margo Bistis and designer Andreas Kratky for a celebration marking the publication—and corresponding exhibition—of The Imaginary 20th Century. Cosponsored by CalArts and ZKM (Center for Art and Media) in Karlsruhe, this historical science-fiction novel operates as a gigantic interactive data field, with 2,200 images and films as well as a unique sound engine. The story involves the picaresque adventures of a woman seduced in 1901 by four suitors, each with his own vision of the coming century. This whimsical metajourney is available on DVD-ROM, housed inside a specially designed hardcover book, while the accompanying exhibition of The Imaginary 20th Century is being held at ZKM. The program includes a presentation by project codirectors Klein, Bistis and Kratky, who screen portions of the DVD-ROM and discuss the implications of its new approach to narrative.

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G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff