Cybersyn 1973 / 2023

Bassam El Baroni, Constantinos Miltiadis, Georgios Cherouvim, Gerriet K. Sharma (Composer)

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Project Cybersyn was an experiment in instituting a socialist networked economy embraced by the short-lived Salvador Allende government of Chile (1970 – 1973) and developed together with the British cybernetician Stafford Beer. For the past decade, Project Cybersyn has been a recurrent reference – a best practice from the past – in discussions around the repurposing of hegemonic technological infrastructures and their redirection towards more equitable economic and social practices. The iconic image of Project Cybersyn’s control room – with its sci-fi appearance – represents a technical and aesthetic object that alludes to negotiation, democratic decision making, and social welfare. The allure of this image is the starting point for the video which proposes that desires for post-scarcity and postcapitalist economics must grapple with the shifts in the political, economic, and technological conditions of possibility that have transpired since Project Cybersyn. To this end the control room image itself becomes a platform for alien mutations, philosophical speculations, and social commitments. What would it take to reimagine the artefactual Cybersyn for our hyper-financialized day and age? For this work, curator and researcher Bassam El Baroni and transdisciplinary architect Constantinos Miltiadis collaborated with multidisciplinary artist and animator Georgios Cherouvim, and composer and sound artist Gerriet K. Sharma to bring this question to life
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBarcelona
PublisherISEA International
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2022
MoE publication typeF2 Partial implementation of a work of art or performance
EventInternational Symposium on Electronic Art - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 10 Jun 202216 Jun 2022
Conference number: 27

Field of art

  • Contemporary art


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