Cybernetic thinking for a new world

Our Design Lead Andrew Meares talks about a new cybernetics exhibition, which forms part of the forthcoming School launch.


Cybernetic thinking for a new world
Cybernetic thinking for a new world


9 November, 6–7 PM (This was co-organised with the National Library of Australia.)

About the event#

In 1968, an exhibit in London entitled Cybernetic Serendipity helped acquaint a new generation with the ideas of cybernetics. It used art, design and emerging technologies to create room for new kinds of conversations about the role of computational technologies in the 20th century.

In response to Cybernetic Serendipity, 7 years later, Australia 75: festival of creative arts and sciences brought electronic arts to an Australian audience for the very first time.

Australian Cybernetic: a point through time is a new exhibition at ANU that revisits both exhibitions and introduces reflections on contemporary approaches to cybernetics underway at the ANU. It’s part of the upcoming launch of the ANU School of Cybernetics.

In 1969, management guru Stafford Beer wrote:

Design sits between rigidity and chaos, sciences and arts; it seeks to understand the constant change within order that characterises cybernetic systems.

At the ANU School of Cybernetics, design is an essential component to thinking about complex systems and the relationships between them in order to imagine and enable new approaches to shaping the future through and with technology.

Join the School’s Design Convenor Andrew Meares for a conversation about Australian Cybernetic: a point through time and how the School of Cybernetics is reanimating cybernetics for the 21st century. Through design perspectives, Andrew discussed how cybernetics investigates the interdependencies within and between systems, and how we could use this knowledge to ask questions and build intentionally towards the futures we want to see.

This was co-organised with the National Library of Australia.

About Andrew Meares#

Andrew Meares is the Design Lead at the School of Cybernetics. He joined ANU as a Senior Lecturer (industry practice) in 2019 and was part of the Master of Applied Cybernetics teaching team. He joined The Sydney Morning Herald as a cadet photographer in 1991 and was made chief photographer in 1998. He has covered diverse events from politics, protests and portraits to bushfires, coups and war zones. He won a Walkey Award for Best Online Journalism in 2010 and was Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery President 2015-2017. He joined the office of the then Leader of the Opposition, The Hon. Bill Shorten MP, between 2017-2019.

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