Design from Chile conference 05.09.16

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A conference this week at the London Design Biennale will explore the ideas behind Cybersyn, the cyber management system devised in Chile during the Salvador Allende government

At the London Design Biennale, Utopia by Design (7–27 September), the Chilean Pavilion – The Counter Culture Room, designed by Fab Lab Santiago – will be exploring the ideas behind Cybersyn, the cyber management system created by engineer Fernando Flores and theorist Stafford Beer in 1970 to create a flow of information between workers and authorities during the Salvador Allende government. Sadly, this appropriately utopian attempt to unite the productive and economic potential of the country under one ‘brain’ was halted by the Pinochet coup in 1973.

To mark this moment of engagement and innovation, the National Council for Arts and Culture in Chile has organised a free conference, Design From Chile, on 8 September, covering the Cybersyn program itself, with a presentation from the curators and its original operational director Raúl Espejo; a presentation from the acclaimed designer and artist Sebastian Errazuriz; and the intermingling of digital technologies and local contexts to find alternative approaches to design in Chile. The last of these will involve a panel discussion introduced by Icon deputy editor John Jervis, featuring the programme manager for Architecture, Design and Fashion at the British Council João Guarantani, and designers and designers Guillermo Parada from GT2P and Sergio Recabarren.

Thursday, 8 September 2016, 9:00–12:30, Edmund J Safra Theatre, King’s Building, Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS

 

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