Cybernetic Serendipity, Friday Salon at the ICA, London – 3pm, 24 October 2014

What were the immediate and long-term outcomes of the first major British exhibition of computer, electronic and robotic art? As the fiftieth anniversary of Cybernetic Serendipity approaches, this Friday Salon considers its impact in numerous areas of technology and the arts.

Speakers include:

Dr Jonathan Benthall, Honorary Research Fellow at UCL Dept of Anthropology and formerly Director of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Before moving into the field of anthropology, Dr Benthall wrote extensively on the area of Art, Science and Technology for Studio International and was a prominent arts critic at the time of Cybernetic Serendipity’s launch.

Bronac Ferran is a writer, curator and researcher who is involved in the area of art, science and technology, and works on knowledge networking activities for the CX Hub at the Royal College of Art. She is a former Director of Interdisciplinary Arts at Arts Council England and has been also been facilitating and curating events in 2012 for the AHRC, Anglia Ruskin University, Futurecity and Nesta.

Professor Janis Jefferies, Professor of Visual Arts, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK and Associate Pro Warden of Creative and Cultural Industries. Professor Jefferies is an artist, writer and curator; and Director of Goldsmiths Digital Studios, a research centre across Arts and Technology encompassing an MFA in Computational Studios Arts and a PHD in Arts and Computational Technology.

Professor Brent MacGregor, former Vice Principal, Edinburgh College of Art. Professor MacGregor has written and lectured extensively on Cybernetic Serendipity and its impact.

The panel is chaired by Dr Nick Lambert, Lecturer in Digital Art and Culture at the Dept of History of Art, School of Arts, Birkbeck University of London. Dr Lambert researches the history and practice of computer-based art.


(£5 to non-ICA members, free to members)