Kybernetes: Volume 40 Issue 7/8


The international journal of cybernetics, systems and management sciences

Table of contents - Special Issue: Cybernetics: Art, Design, Mathematics – A MetaDisciplinary Conversation: Papers from the 2010 Conference of the American Society for Cybernetics

Guest Editors: Ranulph Glanville, Ben Sweeting

Introduction: a conference doing the cybernetics of cybernetics

Ranulph Glanville

This paper introduces the other papers in this issue, describing and arguing for the context in which they were written – a conference that was, unusually, based in…


Why the arts need cybernetics for our long‐term viability

Gary Boyd

The purpose of this paper is to encourage critics and artists to make use of a cybersystemic perspective in their work to improve its potency and long‐term value to…


A cybernetic model approach for free jazz improvisations

Jonas Braasch

The purpose of this paper is to better understand communication between musicians in a free jazz improvisation in comparison to traditional jazz.

Multiple objectivity: an anti‐relativist approach to situated knowledge

Ron Eglash

The paper aims to describe the inadequate nature of both “mono‐objectivist” approaches, which deny any role of social influence in science, and relativist social…


When is analog? When is digital?

Thomas Fischer

The purpose of this paper is to present a cybernetic way of seeing analog and digital along with a basic vocabulary for discussing assumptions underlying the use of both terms.

An introduction to hyperseeing and hypersculptures

Nat Friedman

The purpose of this paper is to introduce the cybernetics audience to the fundamental interdisciplinary concept of hyperseeing and its application to hypersculptures.

The hypothesis of interactive evolution

Dmitry V. Galkin

This paper aims to formulate the hypothesis of interactive evolution as evolutionary development of interactivity in relation to complex spatial relations. It also…


Mutually arising abstract and actual

Christiane M. Herr

This paper connects the notions of abstract and actual based on a reflection of the Chinese notions of xiangsheng (mutual arising) and xushi (abstract/actual, empty/full)…


From abstract to actual: art and designer‐like enquiries into data visualisation

Michael Hohl

The purpose of this paper is to suggest that physiological experience can contribute to the comprehension of visualisation of scientific data, especially artistic approaches.


Do you like paleolithic op‐art?

Slavik Jablan, Ljiljana Radović

The purpose of this paper is to consider the history of certain modular elements: Truchet tiles, Op‐tiles, Kufic tiles, and key‐patterns, which occur as ornamental…

Building(s), cybernetically

Timothy Jachna

The purpose of this paper is to present a model of the architectural design process as a set of interlinked conversations, to explain the role of the artifacts of the…


Music, memory and cognition: a cybernetic approach

Mark Johnson

The purpose of this paper is to present an approach to the perception of music and the understanding of memory using cybernetic tools.


The design and validation of an artificial personality

Faisal L. Kadri

A US patent was recently granted for an artificial psychology dialog player with two artificial personalities and aging simulation. The purpose of this paper is to expose…

Don't give up! Media art as an endless conversational process

Graziele Lautenschlaeger, Anja Pratschke

The purpose of this paper is to argue that the potential for contemporary media art production is based on the productive action itself, and that this activity supports…

Norwich's Entropy Theory: how not to go from abstract to actual

Lance Nizami

The purpose of this paper is to ask whether a first‐order‐cybernetics concept, Shannon's Information Theory, actually allows a far‐reaching mathematics of perception…

A spatial color‐sound model for mixed reality

Sylvia M. Rabeler

The objective of this paper is two‐fold: to share information about color and to solicit information about sound, with the ultimate goal of producing a simple formula for…


Towards digitally integrated urban places

Gernot Riether

Digital media has been firmly established in contemporary society and now is a time of unprecedented growth and innovation in the world of digital technologies…

Future “designing” and the Chinese notions of “Li”

Alec Robertson, Delai Men

This paper aims to fuse some ideas within different domains perceived to have some resonance together with the purpose to assist the development of the artificial world…


Heinz von Foerster's heuristics course: A factor in the development of second‐order cybernetics in the United States

Robert Scott

The purpose of this paper is to investigate how the heuristics course co‐taught by Heinz von Foerster, Herbert Brün, and Humberto Maturana (1968‐1969) influenced…

Conversing with drawings and buildings: from abstract to actual in architecture

Ben Sweeting

The purpose of this paper is to describe the various movements from abstraction to actuality in the context of design, with particular reference to architecture, first in…


Geometric reconstruction of Amir‐Chakhmagh Square through backward‐perspective

Vahid Vahdat Zad

Geometry, as the visual depiction of mathematics, has always comprised a major communicative language in architecture. Thus, geometry has traditionally been taught in…

Human:machine:human: Gesture, Sound and Embodiment

Doug Van Nort

The purpose of this paper is to present an embodied view on human/machine co‐creation in general, and musical improvisation in particular.

Resonances of the unknown

Claudia Westermann

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the relevance of second‐order cybernetics for a theory of architectural design and related discourse.


Re‐thinking metaphor, experience and aesthetic awareness

Joanna Wlaszyn

The purpose of this paper is to explore current questions about metaphor, experience and aesthetic awareness that persist through the variations of critical approaches and…

Climate change again, MIT plans, exoskeleton, WikiLeaks

Alex M. Andrew

The purpose of this paper is to review developments on the internet, especially those of general cybernetic interest.

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