Richard Wagners plea for Gesamtkunstwerk (total art) in 1849 echoed through subsequent generations, including a period in the 1960s and 70s when Montreal artists, architects, and intellectuals called for Total Environment. They envisioned mankinds liberation through information technology and celebrated it with inflatable environments, underground discotheques, and inhabitable sculptures  multimedia experiences that have nothing in common with the dreary reality ¨of I.T. today. Vestiges of these optimistic times are on view at ¨the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal through Aug. 23. ¨cca.qc.ca

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Richard Wagner’s plea for Gesamtkunstwerk (total art) in 1849 echoed through subsequent generations, including a period in the 1960s and ’70s when Montreal artists, architects, and intellectuals called for “Total Environment.” They envisioned mankind’s liberation through information technology and celebrated it with inflatable environments, underground discotheques, and inhabitable sculptures—multimedia experiences that have nothing in common with the dreary reality of I.T. today. Vestiges of these optimistic times are on view at ?the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal through Aug. 23.
cca.qc.ca

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