The audience and the art machine: Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller's Opera for a Small Room
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Deleuze and Guattari's Anti-Oedipus begins not with words but with a painting. A black-and-white full-page illustration of Richard Lindner's Boy with Machine (1954) shows a young boy about to set a sequence of machines in motion. The child smiles out at his audience, his chubby pleasure hard to avoid. He seems to be listening, waiting. His hands are tangled, knotted within the levers that will set one machine against the other. One foot is caught inside the lower bucket of a large machine while the other hovers, floating within a dark mass, not fully machine and not completely organic either. Boy with Machine is an artwork that welcomes us into a text that will result in the proliferation of machines both organic and technical.