Leonardo
Volume 41, Issue 2
April 2008

112 pages
ISSN 0024-094X
E-ISSN 1530-9282

Special Section: REFRESH! Conference Papers

Gordon Pask: Cybernetic Polymath

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162
168
Article PDF (3.12 MB)
Abstract

Despite his influence in art, architecture and theater, British cybernetician Gordon Pask is rarely acknowledged in histories of digital culture and virtually unknown in the history of art. Pask is better known as a theoretician than as an artist or designer, although his machines, artwork and theories were closely related. This article investigates the relevance of specific aspects of Pask's theories to his best-known artwork, The Colloquy of Mobiles, to illustrate his characteristic unification of science and art, and theory and material experimentation. Select works of contemporary art are discussed to indicate Pask's significance to contemporary art practices.

María Fernández (educator), Department of History of Art and Visual Studies, GM08 Goldwin Smith Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853-3201, U.S.A. E-mail: mf252@cornell.edu.

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