Authors: Bojana Kunst & Igor Štromajer
Reader: Blanka Hohnjec
Master of Sound: Branko Kosi
Producer: Gabrijela Lučka Gruden
Production: Cultural and Artistic Programme of Radio Maribor / Kulturno-umetniški program Radia Maribor, 1993
Duration: 30 min
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.
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