MARCH 8-12, 1997

American Society for Cybernetics

The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

C O N T I N U I N G T H E . . .

CONVERSATION...The American Society for Cybernetics (ASC) invites every "I" to participate in the ASC annual conference, to occur in conjunction with Cyberfest97 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

OF THE CYBERNETICS OF CYBERNETICS...From the 1950s-1970s the University of Illinois housed the Biological Computer Laboratory (BCL), under the direction of Heinz Von Foerster, where students, teachers and guests from around the sphere explored the circularity of how we know...when we know...what we know, be it in relations with animals, machines or societies.

WITHOUT SEPARATING DISCIPLINES...The design of ASC/Cyberfest97 is to create an environment that invites every "I"--observer, student, teacher, engineer, philosopher, artist, therapist, biologist, cyberpunk, expert or novice--in continuing cybernetic conversation emphasizing participation and dialogue. Presentations include performances of music, theater, video, and poetry; panel discussions; and lectures.

IN DIALOGUE..."We live a cultural present that does not easily offer a psychic space in which we can meet to participate in conversations that are open for reflection in a way in which we can hear each other, and not fall into the trap of self-listening." (Humberto Maturana)

For general information about the Conference, write to ASC?CYBERFEST 97 c/o j.a. Lombardi, 3218 Ellerslie Ave, Baltimore, MD 21218 or send her email at

. . . D I A L O G U E ?



Registration at the University Inn 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Opening remarks 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Love, Wisdom and Action, Herbert Brun, Frank Galuszka, Judith Lombardi and Humberto Maturana.

Performance 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Touch and Go, as perf ormed by Alan Otte, and Sonatina for Bassoon, performed by Charles Lipp, compositions by Herbert Brun. 5 piccoli ritmi, by Agostino DiScipio on a poem by Humberto Maturana.

Lecture/dialogue 6:00-7:00 p .m.
An Agenda for Participation: A Tribute to Gordon Pask, Larry Richards.

Buffet Dinner 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Performance 9:00 -11:00 p.m.
THE LEARNING PLAY by Utopia Train Theater Company.


Computers, education and cybernetics

Panel/Dialogue 9:00 --10:15 a.m.
Conversations about Electronic Conversations, Ernst von Glasersfeld, Felicia Lee, William Barowy and Jack Loc khead.

Lecture/Dialogue 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Musical Sound Analysis/Synthesis with the people at the Biological Computer Lab 1964-69, Jim Beauchamp. (With introduction by Heinz Von Foerster .)

Lectures/Dialogue 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Autonomous Agents in User Interfaces, Mario Veitl and Paolo Petta. Computermusic and Interactive Laserprojekts, Robert Spo ur and Klaus Obermaier.

Panel/Dialogue 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Computer Aided Educational Training Initiative (C.A.E.T.I.) Project 1993- -1996: Lessons from the Field, Doreen St eg, Kirstie Bellman, Chris Landauer, Daren Harbison, James Walters and C heryl Fox.

Lecture/Dialogue 4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
Cybernetics and Evaluation of Soft Audit Evidence, Allenna Leonard.

Performance 5:15 - 5:30
Lisa Fay and Jeff Glassman.

Lecture/Dialogue 5:30 - 6:3 0 p.m.
Composition and Dialectic in Human/Computer Interaction, Micha el Hamman

Performance: A Musical Concert 8:30 p.m.
Compositions by Herbert Brun, Encarnita Fiqueroa, Michael Hamman, Michael Holloway, Chris Mann, Robert Martin, Susan Parenti, Mark Saric, Ed Schneider, and Mark Sullivan.



Panel/Dialogue 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Cyber Ethics, Heinz Von Foerster. Stories of Ethics, Philip Lewin. Ethics and Aesthetics, Robert Martin. Moral Development: ..., Doreen Steg. Ethics, Morals and Manners, Herbert Brun. Ethics and Hal , j.a. Lombardi.

Lecture/Dialogue 11:15 - 12:15 p .m.
What is a Number?, Lou Kauffman.

Performance 12:15 - 12:30 p.m.
"Ephemera," Jerry Tabor.

Lecture/Dialogue 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Communications and Systems Practice: An Eye towards Praxis, Fred Steier.

Lecture/Dialogue 3: 15 - 4:15 p.m.
Brainwave Training, an Opportunity to Reflect on Self, Andrea Maloney-Shara.

Lecture/Dialogue 4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
Flat Time, John Latham.

Panel/Dialogue 5:15 - 6:45 p.m.
Towards a Dynamic Partnership Cosmology, Veronika Kauffmann. Conservation of Coherences in an Epigenetic Cosmos, Pille Bunnell. Humberto Maturana.

Monday Evening Presentations 8:30 p.m.
A Multi-Media Poetry Event, Pille Bunnell and Kalev Tait and "From what to when is (not) violence?" a video by Judith Lombardi.


When is cybernetics? "When" is cybernetics!

Lecture/Dialogue 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
A Report on the Concepts of Ourobouratorim and Participant Observatory, Frank Galuszka, Klaus Krippendorff and Paul Schroeder.

Performance/Dialogue 10:15 - 11:15 a.m.
Prompting Theater Performance, theater by adults with various developmental abilities, Brian Hagy, directing.

Lecture/Dialogue 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
A pattern called "The Pattern," Lynnclaire Dennis and Lou Kauffman.

Lecture/Dialogue 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Origins and Purposes of Various Conceptions of Systems Theory and Cybernetics, Stuart Umpleby and Eric Dent.

Panel/Dialogue 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
The Cybernetic Insights of Jean Piaget, Ernst von Glasersfeld. Organization Identity: A Process of Organizational Self-Reference, Charles Keating. Composing
Systems as Observing Systems, Agustino DiScipio. The American Society for Cybernetics as a Self-Referring System, Frank Galuszka.

Performance 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Michael Holloway will read his poetry aloud.

Lecture/Dialogue 5:00 - 6:00
Stafford Beer, Democracy and Socialism, Robert Naiman.

Groups and Group... 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Exquisite Corpses; A Surrealist Game for Making Stories, Diane Perine.

Tuesday Evening Performance 9:00 p.m.
Monosyllabic Argumentation, a play by Lisa Fay with poetry by Michael Holloway, performed by Utopia Train.



10:00 -12:00 noon

General Conversing, organizational meetings. Conference concludes.

(Conference Committee: Judith Lombardi, Mark Enslin, Herbert Brun, Arun Chandra and Stuart Umpleby)

P.S. Exhibit space...During the conference, we shall display artifacts from the Biologicial Computer Laboratory and the American Society for Cybernetics -- paintings, videos, books, articles, posters, etc.


Mark Enslin at or 203 E. Oregon Street, Urbana IL. 61801


The registration fee includes the conference, a buffet dinner, and morning refreshments.
Call Conferences and Institutes at +1 (217) 333-2882 and they will register you.
ASC paid 1997 member $190
Non-member $265
ASC paid 1997 student $60
Non-member student $100

regular $50
student $25

People are asked to make their own hotel reservations. A block of rooms has been reserved for the conference at the University Inn, 302 E. John, Champaign, IL, 61820. To reserve a room call 217-384-2266. The single room rate is $54/night. The double room rate is $62/night. If flying in, you can fly to Willard airport twenty minutes from Champaign-Urbana.

For more informaton contact j.a. Lombardi,

Copyright 1996 © American Society for Cybernetics.

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