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Cyber-Culture, Cyber-Art, and Mnemonic Energy

Cyber-Culture, Cyber-Art, and Mnemonic Energy
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Author(s): Simber Atay (Dokuz Eylül University, Turkey)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 17
Source title: Present and Future Paradigms of Cyberculture in the 21st Century
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Simber Atay (Dokuz Eylül Üniversity, Turkey), Gülsün Kurubacak-Meriç (Anadolu University, Turkey) and Serap Sisman-Uğur (Anadolu University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8024-9.ch001


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The word cybernetics has a very rich etymology. On the other hand, Norbert Wiener's Cybernetics and Society (1950) has very fluid style with its literary intertextual texture. Cyber prefix defines many aspects of life. Today, cyber-culture has gained new meanings due to virtual art activities during COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. Cybernetics has shown its impact on artistic creativity with two exhibitions, Cybernetic Serendipity (1968, London) and Software (1970, New York), which featured early examples of digital-art, cyber-art, and new media performances. Cyber-art is a very broad category. There are countless cyber-artists. In the institutional context, Can't Help Myself of Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (2016), Memory of Topography of teamLab (2018), and The City As A House of Rebecca Merlic (2020) are three valuable works. This subject was developed under the light of the ideas of Benjamin, Wiener, Deleuze, and Guattari, and the specified examples were analyzed with the descriptive method.

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