Lecture Series on “Cybernetics for the 21st Century”

Online. From April 23rd

Yuyan Wang, The Devil In The Details, 2019, video still

The Research Network for Philosophy and Technology, in collaboration with Hanart Forum and the Erasmus School of Philosophy, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, will present a lecture series titled “Cybernetics for the 21st Century, Part II: Cybernetics to Come” starting from April 23rd, 2024. It is going to be dedicated to “cybernetics to come,” that is to say, a future inspired by cybernetics, while at the same time, moving beyond the closed systems imposed by its models, as well as the apocalyptic imaginations such as the technological singularity, to reflect on the future of freedom, democracy, right, co-existence, aesthetics, etc. A thorough critique of cybernetics and speculative philosophy of technology are necessary to explore the possible worlds to come.

The lecture series features representatives from various fields, including renowned historians, philosophers, cyberneticians, architects, and science fiction writers. Some notable participants are Bruce Sterling, prof. Bruce Clarke, prof. Luciana Parisi, Toru Nishigaki, and prof. Benjamin Bratton, among others. Stay informed with the latest lectures from The Research Network for Philosophy and Technology on YouTube and Bilibili.

The first phase of the project, “Cybernetics for the 21st Century, Vol. 1: Epistemological Reconstruction,” was globally released in February and is available for free download in PDF format at Hanart Press. This phase involved historians, philosophers, and media scholars, offering a retrospective on the emergence of cybernetics and its impact on politics, science, and art.

Concept: Yuk Hui

Hanart Forum
Research Network for Philosophy and Technology
Erasmus School of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam

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