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1:1 - Systems Theory in Practice since WWII

Type: Conferences & Symposia [View all]
Posted by: Yale University
Deadline: Fri, April 21st, 2017

Consider how easily the language of technology permeates descriptions of the human mind. Common expressions like “processing,” “bandwidth,” and “feedback” apply computer terminology to human experience. Why do we routinely imply that minds and computers are alike, and when did these comparisons become normal? On April 20-21, the History of Art Department at Yale University will dedicate a two-day conference to these questions. Titled 1:1 - Systems Theory in Practice since WWII, this interdisciplinary event explores how comparisons between humans and computers have informed art and technology over the last 70 years. Invited speakers will interrogate the politics and poetics of human-machine analogies, from their imbrication in a militarized mid-century culture, to the neural nets of today.

1:1 begins on the evening of April 20th with a keynote presentation by Pamela Lee, Professor of Art History at Stanford University. April 21st comprises a full day of panels, bringing together 13 scholars and artist practitioners around the topics: “Frameworks,” “Arts: Organized,” “Soft Systems: Language as Information System,” and “Contemporary Perspectives.”

Conference presenters include: Pamela Lee, Fia Backström, Gregg Bordowitz, Colby Chamberlain, Caitlin Cherry, Hunter Heyck, Michelle Kuo, Eve Meltzer, Deak Nabers, Sarah Oppenheimer, Zabet Patterson, Judith Rodenbeck, Fred Turner, and Soyoung Yoon.

All events will be held in the Loria Center at Yale University. A full schedule of events and registration instructions can be found on our web site:


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Posted on Wed, March 29th, 2017
Expires on Fri, April 21st, 2017

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