Cybernetic Serendipity. The Computer and the Arts
London: Studio International, 1968. 2nd Edition Revised. Quarto, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps.
Catalog accompanying this influential exhibit exploring the evolving relationship of technology and art and the burgeoning genre of “cyberart.” Curated by Jasia Reichardt originally for the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the traveling exhibit highlighted interdisciplinary collaborations between artists, scientists, engineers, architects, and mathematicians and made no differentiation between object, process, material, and product. “Cybernetic Serendipity deals with possibilities rather than achievements, and in this sense is prematurely optimistic” (from Reichart’s introduction). The works included algorithmically created music, computer-generated movies and poetry, digital graphics and complex wireframes made by over 130 pioneering artists such as Edward Ihnatowicz, Allison Knowles, Liliane Lijn, Gustav Metzger, Nam June Paik, Nicolas Schöffer, and Jean Tinguely. The catalog was a full-issue takeover of the art magazine Studio International; this copy is a reprint of the second edition from November 1968 after the run of the London show and before opening in the US. Illustrated throughout in black-and-white. Light wear and toning to wraps, light sticker residue to upper wrap. Very good. Item #6235