The Counterculture Room
A 1970s utopian project to give a socialist state a democratic electronic backbone is reconstructed in The Counterculture Room. The socialist government of Salvador Allende imagined giving the state a cybernetic spine, enabling ministers to view economic information in real time and make informed decisions from a futuristic hub that resembles a set from Kubrick's 2001. This project was called 'Cybersyn' and it was a precursor to today's 'smart city'. Chile's installation — curated by Andrés Briceño Gutierrez and Tomás Vivanco Larraín, and designed by FabLab Santiago — tells the story of the Cybersyn experience.
Administering Body: Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes
Design Team: FabLab Santiago
Curators: Andres Briceño Gutierrez, Tomas Vivanco Larraín
Supporting Bodies: Fundación Imagen de Chile; Dirección de Asuntos Culturales del Ministerio de RREE (DIRAC)
Photo: Bradley Lloyd Barnes