Cybernetic Serendipidity: The Computer and the Arts (1968)

17 July 2009, dusan

Cybernetic Serendipity was an exhibition of cybernetic art curated by Jasia Reichardt and shown at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, from 2 August to 20 October 1968. Later it moved to the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., running there from 16 July to 31 August 1969; and finally to the recently founded Exploratorium in San Francisco, where it ran from 1 November to 18 December 1969.

The show featured a comprehensive assortment of pioneer techno-artists including Edward Ihnatowicz, Liliane Lijn, Gustav Metzger, Nam June Paik, Nicolas Schöffer, and Jean Tinguely, and as represented by a number of their more noteworthy pieces including Paik’s Robot K-456 (1964), Schöffer’s CYSP-1 (1956); and Tinguely’s Méta-Matic (1961). It also included works by engineers, mathematicians, composers and poets. Reichardt also went on to serve as the editor of a book, Cybernetics, Art and Ideas (1971), extending this study of the relationship between cybernetics and arts.

Special Issue of Studio International
Edited by Jasia Reichardt
Publisher Studio International, London, 1968
1st edition July 1968
2nd edition (revised) September 1968
Book edition, Praeger, New York, 1969
Reprint of book edition, Studio International Foundation, London, 2018
101 pages

Reprint (2018)

PDF (2nd ed., b&w, 8 MB, updated to OCR on 2015-12-17)
PDF (2018 repr. of 1969 ed., color, 253 MB, added on 2018-10-26, via)
Flipbook (2018 repr. of 1969 ed., added on 2018-10-26)

3 Responses to “Cybernetic Serendipidity: The Computer and the Arts (1968)”

  1. kaspar on February 26, 2013 3:26 am

    Any hope for a re-up of Cybernetic Serendipity? It has disappeared from all the slots.

  2. dusan on February 27, 2013 9:45 am


  3. kaspar on March 1, 2013 1:07 am

    Great! Thanks a lot!

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