Video Chronicle

Cybernetics: Between Arts and Wars
16 October 2019


On October 16, 2019, the discussion "Cybernetics: Between Arts and Wars" inspired by the publication of research projects by Janina Prudenko and Svitlana Matviyenko took place.

What parallels or links can be traced in the seemingly different contexts such as waging cyberwar on the Internet and the making of Soviet cyber art? Can we separate closely entangled politics, art, and technologies? Cybernetics becomes an expression of otherness – of other aesthetics in art, and of other way to run the war. At the same time, cybernetics and computer technologies are the signs of phenomena that have always been happening to us, such as an interaction between humans and technologies. In this talk about cybernetics it is not only about the computing capacity or the automated big data analysis, but also about the continuity of interaction practices between humans and technology. We invite you to take a look on global dimension of humanities and technologies from the two perspectives, less visible but still relevant for Lviv.

Janina Prudenko, a Candidate of Philosophy, an associate professor at the Department of the History of Art at the Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University, curator of the Open Archive of Ukrainian Media Art, Author of "Cybernetics in Humanities and Arts in the USSR" (M., 2019). 

Svitlana Matviyenko is an Assistant Professor of Critical Media Analysis in the School of Communication of Simon Fraser University. Her publications include two co-edited collections, with Paul D. Miller, The Imaginary App (MIT, 2014)  and, with Judith Roof, Lacan and the Posthuman (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). With Nick Dyer-Witheford, she is a co-author of Cyberwar and Revolution (Minnesota UP, 2019).