Jascia Reichardt (ed.)
New York Graphic Society Ltd.
Greenwich, CT, 1971
Following three years of preparation, curator Jasia Reichardt unveiled the exhibition Cybernetic Serendipity at the ICA, London in the summer of 1968. Primarily a demonstration of current ideas rather than a manifesto, the works displayed dealt with aspects of the relationship between technology, contemporary culture and creativity.
Reichardt gathered such a surplus of material during her lengthy research that she was able to publish a second book three years after the exhibition catalogue. Cybernetics, Art and Ideas was the follow-up, collecting essays by some of the writers, thinkers, scientists and composers who contributed to the exhibition.
The book opens with a short extract from Gulliver's Travels (1726) to set the tone.
'King of the Shouting House' by John Wood, a children's game which made use of computer controlled random interruptions
|The mystery of the vanishing triangle by Rutherford Boyd|
|Iannis Xensakis score|
|Gaussian probability density images, A. Michael Noll|
I have to say that much of the text is pretty heavy going for a code illiterate like myself. However there are some illuminating passages on the relationship between computer science and the creative arts, and some historical context for today's discussions of code as art.
|"Mrs Peel, we're not needed"|