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Keynote speaker at "LGB_80: Ett symposium om och med Lars-Gunnar Bodin".
“I want to talk about aesthetics”. Technology as an
aesthetic characteristic in Cybo 1 and Cybo 2.
“Why does everybody want to talk about technology? I want to talk about
aesthetics“, Lars Gunnar Bodin said to me during an interview about EMS
in 2009. He proceeded to put his words into action by handing me an issue
of The Nordic Journal of Aesthetics from 2003 with his article “Musiken – En
Gränslös Konstart?” in which he discusses the aesthetics of electroacoustic
Following Bodin’s call and using his article as a point of departure, I will
discuss the aesthetics of Cybo 1 and Cybo 2 (1967). At the same time and in
spite of Bodin’s hesitation, I will also investigate the role of technology in
these works. I do not do this to show the technical details of the production
of the work. However, I do so to highlight how technology is presented
and represented as an overall theme in these pieces. I suggest that these
pieces let us experience sounds of technology; that is, sounds that were
were iconic of technology to the audience of the 1960s. In fact, one might
even claim that the aesthetics of sound in Cybo 1 and Cybo 2 and their effect
on audiences are still with us today.
My emphasis on the aesthetics of sound in/as technology is inspired by
theories of performance and performativity, which necessarily also lead
me to pay attention to aspects such as media, materiality, situation, audience,