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DEGEM News – NEWS – Zentrum für Netzkunst – Newsletter CC/01

Von: Martin Supper
Datum: Tue, 13 Apr 2021
Betreff: Zentrum für Netzkunst – Newsletter CC/01

Calculating Control: (Net)Art and Cybernetics
Research and Exhibition Project
April – September 2021

With today’s launch of our website – netzkunst.berlin/cc – the Zentrum für Netzkunst also announces its research project: Calculating Control: (Net)Art and Cybernetics. Working from the site-specific history of Haus der Statistik at Alexanderplatz in Berlin, Calculating Control explores the impact of cybernetics on artistic and social practices, networks, and technology. Over the duration of six months, Zentrum für Netzkunst will unravel cybernetic thinking in the space of two exhibitions, an online symposium, an unconference, and an online journal.

– With: Tania Aedo, Alexander Amberger, Clemens Apprich, Christian Booß, BRUSDA (a.k.a Tsao Yidi), Ingrid Burrington, Annet Dekker / Gaia Tedone / Marialaura Ghidini, Helen DeWitt, Constant Dullaart, Wolfgang Ernst, Matthew Fuller, Helena Huber-Doudova, Francis Hunger, Lisa Jevbratt, Roland Kayn, Susanne König, Maros Krivy´, Katharina Loeber, David Maulen de los Reyes, Mongrel, Felix Maschewski / Anna-Verena Nosthoff, Oleksiy Radynski, Martina Raponi, Birgit Schneider, Andreas Siekmann, Oliver Sukrow, Martin Supper, Suzanne Treister, UBERMORGEN, Clemens Weise, Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt, Anna Zett

Exhibition: Situating Cybernetics / Kybernetik Verorten
30/04 – 09/05/2021
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 13:00 – 19:00

Location: Haus der Statistik, Haus A, Karl-Marx-Allee 1, 10178 Berlin
Participating artists: Francis Hunger, Lisa Jevbratt, Roland Kayn, Mongrel, Oleksiy Radynski, Andreas Siekmann, Suzanne Treister, Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt
From 1970 to 1989, Haus der Statistik at Alexanderplatz Berlin operated as the Central Administrative Headquarters for Statistics in the German Democratic Republic, where information data was collected, mined, and analyzed. Through datasets, diagrams, charts, and other visual tools, standards and deviations were determined in order to meticulously plan and control the economy of the socialist republic. The exhibition features works from 1966 to the present, each demonstrating the ways in which artists have been influenced by cybernetic theories, and how they have worked to render their bureaucratic and administrative processes in aesthetic terms. The works investigate sites, technologies, and narratives of cybernetics, pointing to their possible meanings for the present.
Exhibited works:
– Francis Hunger: Statistische Hypnagogie (2021); Cast Iron, Brass, Steel (2015)
– Lisa Jevbratt: 1:1 (2) (1999-2002)
– Roland Kayn: Cybernetic I (1966-68); Ektropie R.O.T. (1973-75); Simultan (1970-72)
– Mongrel (in collaboration with Matthew Fuller): Natural Selection (1997 -1999); Natural Heritage (1997 -1999)
– Oleksiy Radynski: Facade Color: Blue (2019)
– Andreas Siekmann: Faustpfand, Treuhand, and the Invisible Hand: Theatrum mundi oeconomicum – Stationen eines Marktmechanismus (2005-2008)
– Suzanne Treister: Hexen 2.0 (2009-2011)
– Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt: Wörter Serie (mid 1970s); Vergangen gegenwärtig zukünftig (1974); Hommage á Shannon (1972); Betonierung (mid 1970s); Untitled (Concrete Architecture) (late 1970s)
– Zentrum für Netzkunst, Research: Kybernet (2021); Kerblochkarten (2021)
To visit the on-site exhibition in person, please book your desired time slot by sending an email to pcultural@gmail.com.
The online exhibition will be accessible on 01/05/2021.


Symposium: Between Techno-°©Euphoria and Regimes of Surveillance / Zwischen Technikeuphorie und Überwachungsregime
01/05 – 03/05/2021
Haus der Statistik and online

The location and architecture of Haus der Statistik demonstrates the two-sided nature of the science of cybernetics: On the one hand, the potential of a new organizational model, and on the other, the risks associated with its use as a powerful instrument for surveillance and control. These ambivalent uses of cybernetics are explored in examples from the socialist political regimes of the past as well as the capitalist network society of today. A second focus of the symposium is the consideration of netart and its aesthetic expressions that reflect the cybernetic conditions of the internet, while also being dependent on them.

* Day One: 1 May 2021
Input: Orte der sozialistischen Technikeuphorie / Places of socialist techno-euphoria

Live streaming Day 1: youtube.com/watch?v=Ryumr36M4xI
13:00 – 14:00
Zentrum für Netzkunst: Introduction / Einführung (DE/EN)
14:00 – 16:00
Susanne König: Statistik, Mathematik und Kommunismus. Bildprogramme am Haus der Statistik (DE)
16:00 – 18:00
Oliver Sukrow: Putting Cybernetics in its Place: Kybertektur in der DDR im internationalen Vergleich (DE)

* Day Two: 2 May 2021
Kybernetik und Data / Cybernetics and Data

Live streaming Day 2: youtube.com/watch?v=7zixZqf3kxU
10:00 – 12:00
Katharina Loeber: Kybernetik, Sozialismus und Postkolonialismus: Das Projekt Cybersyn (DE)
14:00 – 16:00
Francis Hunger: Kybernetik war nicht alles – Die langen Ketten bürokratischer Praktiken im DDR Sozialismus (DE)
16:00 – 18:00
Clemens Apprich: Collaborative Filtering – eine Idee früher Netzkulturen (DE)
18:00 – 20:00
Anna-Verena Nosthoff und Felix Maschewski: Vom digitalen “Verschwinden“: Wearables und der kybernetische Kapitalismus (DE)
20:00 – 21:30
Oleksiy Radynski: Is Data the New Gas? (EN)

* Day Three: 3 May 2021
Output: Calculating Canons

Live streaming Day 3: youtube.com/watch?v=SwvxfoXAfpk
14:00 – 16:00
Matthew Fuller: To Surveille is to Produce? On some Paradoxical Aspects of Computational and Other Surveillance Techniques (EN)
16:00 – 18:00
Zentrum für Netzkunst: Netzkunst im Kontext der Netzwerkgesellschaft – Steuerung, Datenverarbeitung und Überwachung (DE)
18:00 – 20:00
Annet Dekker, Gaia Tedone and Marialaura Ghidini: The Broken Timeline (EN)


Unconference: Embodied Cybernetics in Everyday Life (Mimetics, Empathy, and Hacking)
21/05/2021 – 23/05/2021

Location: Haus der Statistik, Haus D, Karl-Marx-Allee 1, 10178 Berlin
Taking up the cybernetic logic of self-regulating systems, the unconference is a collective, collaborative, interdisciplinary, and multi-perspectival summit that aims to produce embodied knowledge about statistics in their larger contexts and ties to everyday life. With experimental formats, we encourage dynamic exchange between bodies and things, ideas and places, practices and theories.
Details follow in the upcoming newsletters.
To participate in the unconference, please register by sending an email to paloma@netzkunst.berlin.


Journal: Accuracy and Obsession / Akribie und Obsession
01/05 – 01/07/2021

Cybernetic control is achieved through accuracy, meticulousness, and a constant striving for perfection. Social processes are broken down into manageable parts, measured, and evaluated in order to regulate them through targeted readjustment. The authors of the online journal examine concrete practices, technologies, and materials of cybernetic control. The essays will be published on the project website from May to July.


Duo Exhibition: Constant Dullaart & UBERMORGEN
18/09 – 03/10/2021

Details to follow in the upcoming newsletters.


Calculating Control: (Net)Art and Cybernetics
April – September 2021

Concept and Curating: Tereza Havlíková, Paloma Oliveira, Anneliese Ostertag, Tabea Rossol, Sakrowski
Research, Graphic Concept, Design: Anna-Luise Lorenz
Programming: Jakub Fiala
Exhibition Architecture: Omer Polak, Cäcilia Verweyen
Symposium Assistance: Noemi Garay
Editing and Translation: Colin Lang
Sound Recording: Jürg Meister
Documentation: Hannah Rumstedt, Alexia Manzano Schlamp
The aim of Zentrum für Netzkunst is to reconstruct, maintain, and preserve netart and net culture. The association researches archiving and contextualization of netart. Members of the association are: !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Tereza Havlíková, Paloma Oliveira, Anneliese Ostertag, Tabea Rossol, Sakrowski, and Cornelia Sollfrank.
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