Cybernetic Serendipity: The Computer and the Arts (PDF & Video)


Title: Cybernetic Serendipity: The Computer and the Arts
Author: Various
Edited by: Jasia Reichardt
Publisher: Studio International Special Issue
Year: 1968
Pages: 106

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Cybernetic Serendipity is the title of an exhibition that I have elsewhere referred to as a cult event for those interested in using technology for creative arts. In 1968 the artist and curator Jasia Reichardt conceived the project for a major exhibition, whose goal was to show the ways in which humans could use computers and new technologies to extend their creativity.

The uniqueness of this event is that until then the marriage of art and technology was celebrated only in research centers, institutes and high-tech studios, where the collaboration between artists and engineers was rather experimental to say the least.

Cybernetic Serendipity, dealing broadly with the demonstration of how man can use the computer and new technology to extend his creativity and inventiveness.

The opening to the public of Cybernetic Serendipity, then, could be hailed as a great event in our memories, which still preserves its significance.

The exhibition was designed without any distinction with respect to the arts represented: music, visual arts, video, still images, literature, and any other artistic activity that could be carried out with a computer had every right to be represented at the event organized by Jasia Reichardt.

Cybernetic Serendipity: The Computer and the Arts

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