Australian Cybernetic: a point through time assembles a story about futures, about how we dream up the blueprints that shape us, and that propel us into ways of thinking and being.

Between 22 November and 7 December 2022, ANU School of Cybernetics presented a public exhibition called Australian Cybernetic: a point through time. The exhibition followed a thread through time from the ground-breaking exhibition of 1968 called Cybernetic Serendipity, to the Computers and Electronics in the Arts program featured in Australia ‘75: Festival of Creative Arts and Science, through to contemporary pieces curated by the School of Cybernetics in 2022. These three moments represented points of expanding the cybernetic imagination, moments when audiences have been invited to consider a future through and with machines that can sense and act in the world.

Australian Cybernetic included over 100 Australian and international works of creative technology from the early 1960s to today. On display were some of the first examples of computer graphics and animations, early electronic music, and responsive artworks. The exhibition also resurfaced Australia’s links to cybernetic practice, highlighting the names and works of some of the Australians who collaborated in communities of engineers and artists for Australia ‘75.

Close to a thousand people attended the School of Cybernetics during Australian Cybernetics, touring the exhibition, and attending an event series hosted to launch the School of Cybernetics to the public.

Read the official Australian Cybernetic program here.

Behind the scenes of the setup and installation of works for the exhibition.

Read more about the installation process on our blog.

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