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Symposium: Inside the Robot: Reconsidering Cybernetics After Juan Downey

November 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Saturday, November 18, 2017
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College
1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

In conjunction with the exhibition Juan Downey: Radiant Nature, part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, Inside the Robot: Reconsidering Cybernetics After Juan Downey traces the various strands of Juan Downey’s practice through the lens of second-order cybernetics as evidenced in the artist’s Electric Sculptures, Happenings and Performances and Life Cycle Installations. This event will present a series of challenging and diverse view points on the subject of cybernetics as defined by systems of interaction between the human, non-human, machinic, and digital entities.

The event will feature a keynote presentation by:
Julieta González, Artistic Director at Museo Jumex, Mexico City, who will address the inscription of Juan Downey’s work within the different techno-utopias that marked the intersection between art and cybernetics in the 1960s and 1970s.

Additional presentations will be made by:
Argentinian artist and theorist, Rodrigo Alonso and Australian media artist and scholar, Simon Penny.

The event will also feature a screening of the late artist, Beatriz da Costa’s Dying for the Other (2011-12), which will be followed by a presentation on the work by artist Robert Nideffer.

This event is free and open to the public.

This program and the exhibition, Juan Downey: Radiant Nature are part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin America and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California.



Juan Downey (Chilean 1940-1993)
Inside the Robot (1970)
Color pencil on paper
22.05 x 29.92 in. (56 x 76 cm)
Courtesy of the Estate of Juan Downey


November 18, 2017
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Benson Auditorium
1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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