I did a presentation on Charlotte Moorman, acclaimed avant-gardest and cellist. My main point was that her art was executed in order to establish a union of man and technology in the face of that same technology growing out of our hands.
There are many
reasons for Marshal McLuhan to include a photo of Charlotte Moorman in his book,
Understanding Media. Moorman’s
pieces, especially when collaborating with fellow artist Nam June Paik, fused
sculpture, performance, music, commerce, and art. Paik’s use of Moorman and the
TV Bra, for instance, was his way of humanizing technology by forcing it into a
fusion with the human body and incorporating it into art performance (Fogle,
Douglas). While Moorman and the cello were earthy and fleshy, the TV Bra was a
pair of essentially electronic pasties which were wired and and devoid of
emotion. Together these two aspects turned Moorman into the perfect artist for
the McLuhan age, an era when technological gadgets were not the universal
bodily prostheses that they are today.