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

production company

BBC-TV

Time-Life Films

RM Productions

producer

Lorna Pegram

Duration

01:03:00:00

Production places
United Kingdom
Production dates
1979

Appears in

The Shock of the New Series

Group of items

The Shock of the New Series

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Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

302213

Language

English

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

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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