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All day, Friday, April 21, 2017

1:1 Systems Theory in Practice since WWII

Multiple Panelists

Location is wheelchair accessible
On April 20-21, the History of Art Department at Yale University will host a two-day conference titled “1:1 – Systems Theory in Practice since WWII.” This interdisciplinary event explores how comparisons between humans and computers have informed art and technology over the last 70 years. Invited speakers will interrogate the politics and poetics of human-machine analogies, from their imbrication in a militarized mid-century culture, to the neural nets of today.

1:1 begins on the evening of April 20th with a keynote presentation by Pamela Lee, Professor of Art History at Stanford University. April 21st comprises a full day of panels, bringing together 13 scholars and artist practitioners around the topics: “Frameworks,” “Arts: Organized,” “Soft Systems: Language as Information System,” and “Contemporary Perspectives.”

Conference presenters include: Pamela Lee, Fia Backström, Gregg Bordowitz, Colby Chamberlain, Caitlin Cherry, Hunter Heyck, Michelle Kuo, Eve Meltzer, Deak Nabers, Sarah Oppenheimer, Zabet Patterson, Judith Rodenbeck, Fred Turner, Soyoung Yoon.

All events will be held in the Loria Center at Yale University. A full schedule of events and registration instructions can be found on our web site:

To RSVP, please contact:

This event is made possible with the generous support of the History of Art Department at Yale University, The Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Fund at Yale University, the Charles Gallaudet Trumbull Lectureship, the Graduate and Professional Student Senate, and the Yale Modernist Forum.

Website: 1:1 - Systems Theory in Practice since WWII
Open to: General public
Admission: Free but register in advance
Instructions: To RSVP, email
Contact Information: Lucy Hunter,

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