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      A Cybernetic Clarion Call to the Arts’ Community

      Proceedings of EVA London 2019 (EVA 2019)

      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts

      8 - 11 July 2019

      Cybernetics, Feedback, Cybernetic Serendipity, Visual Music, Space planning

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          Cybernetics was a subject that captured the attention of some of the sharpest minds in the USA and UK from the 1940s onwards. For me, in my previous role as an architect and designer, cybernetics played a key part in solving the ‘exceedingly complex’ problems associated with the way large companies occupy buildings. In the 1960s Roy Ascott predicted that the cybernetic approach would ‘ assist in the evolution of art, serving to increase its variety and vigour’. This is an attribute exemplified by the behaviourist art of Gordon Pask whose ‘Colloquy of Mobiles’ took centre stage at Cybernetic Serendipity – an exhibition, held in 1968, which represented the heyday of cybernetics in the UK. But even today, in the arts’ world, a bright annulus of cybernetic light continues to shine, a phenomenon that I explain with reference to a piece of Visual Music called SHAPES. We’re on the brink of a cybernetic renaissance, which is why I’m issuing a clarion call for the arts’ community to turn towards the task of enhancing our chances of survival for the future.

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                Contributors
                Role: Trickett Associates
                Conference
                July 2019
                July 2019
                : 368-375
                Affiliations
                Barbican, London, UK
                Article
                10.14236/ewic/EVA2019.69
                © Trickett. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA London 2019, UK

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

                Proceedings of EVA London 2019
                EVA 2019
                London, UK
                8 - 11 July 2019
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Electronic Visualisation and the Arts
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                Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
                Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
                Categories
                Electronic Workshops in Computing

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