The Mechanical paradise

United Kingdom, 1979

Film
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Episode number 1 of Series “The Shock of the New Series”.
This opening episode, of an 8-part series, covers the blend of art and industry, and shows how a growing belief in technology and the machine heralded the arrival of modernity. The Eiffel Tower in Paris, designed by an engineer not an architect, established the cult of dynamism, spread through railway stations, by automobile and the increasing advances in technology. The Cubists put onto canvas what is visually interpreted. Picasso and Braque’s influence by African carving distortions modified relationships and thought, and led to collage using industrial items and household objects incorporated on the canvas. Delaunay’s light through structure, Apollinaire’s poetry, Marinetti, Duchamp and Picabia blended all forms of artistic expression at once.

Credits

director

David Richardson

producer

Lorna Pegram

production company

RM Productions

Time-Life Films

BBC-TV

Language

English

Duration

01:03:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

36991

Audience classification

G

Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Design, Industrial

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art and technology

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art, Modern - 20th century - France

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Art and technology

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Design, Industrial

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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