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born 1927 in Monaco—died 2004; grew up in Salen, Sweden; studied engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, and for his graduate thesis in physics, he created a Walt Disney-style animated film of electrons in streaming motion and attempted to sell it in Hollywood; president of the Stockholm University Film Society and was a co-founder of the Swedish Alliance of Film Societies; met Pontus Hultén, at that time the director of the Moderna Museet who recommended Klüver to the artist Jean Tinguely; in the course of the engineering of Tinguely's self-destroying machine for MoMA in New York in 1960, he met Robert Rauschenberg with whom he later collaborated; scientist at Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J., from 1958 to 1968 and held 10 patents. Klüver helped to develop Rauschenberg's sound sculpture «Oracle,» John Cage's electronic performances «Variations V» and «Variations VII,» and Andy Warhol's floating «Silver Clouds.»
Experiments in Art and Technology—the organization devised in September 1966 by Mr. Rauschenberg, Billy Klüver, the artist Bob Whitman and a Bell Labs engineer, Fred Waldhauer—quickly became an instrument of ongoing collaborations. E.A.T., as the organization is known, earned him a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from France and the Royal Order of Vasa from Sweden.