Calculating Control: (Net)Art and Cybernetics

Zentrum für Netzkunst (Center for Net Art)
Berlin

Calculating Control: (Net)Art and Cybernetics
exhibitions and research project
April – October 2001

Exhibition: Situating Cybernetics
30 April – 9 May 2021
Haus der Statistik & online

Symposium: Between Techno-Euphoria and Regimes of Surveillance
1–3 May 2021
Haus der Statistik & online

unConference: Embodied Cybernetics in Everyday Life (Mimetics, Empathy, and Hacking)
21–23 May 2021
Haus der Statistik

Duo Exhibition
18 September – 3 October 2021
panke.gallery & online

Online Journal
1 May 2001 –

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From 1970 to 1989, Haus der Statistik operated as the Central Administrative Headquarters for Statistics in the German Democratic Republic: an institution for the cybernetic regulation of society and everyday life.

Working from the site-specific history of Haus der Statistik, Calculating Control explores the impact of cybernetics on artistic and social practices, networks, and technology. Connecting Haus der Statistik with other locations and histories of cybernetic ideals, Calculating Control draws a trajectory from this building to contemporary algorithmic practices and their socio-political effects, many of which mark a crucial point of reference for netart.

As an artistic practice of network society, netart traces systems of cybernetic administration and renders their forms visible and subject to revision. Over the duration of six months, Calculating Control will unravel cybernetic thinking in the space of two separate exhibitions, a symposium, an unconference, as well as an online journal.

Author: intima

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