Technoetic Arts 19 (1):29-47 (2021)

Claudia Westermann
Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China
The article presents an enquiry into conceptions of ‘global’ that began at the American Society for Cybernetics 2020 Global Conversation conference. Following the traces of Margaret Mead’s statement that emphasized that the first photographic images of the Earth from space presented notions of fragility, the article contextualizes the recent critique of the dominant representation of the Earth as a globe that emerged in conjunction with the discourse on the Anthropocene. It analyses the globe as an image and the sentiments that accompanied it since the first photographs of our planet from space were published in 1968. The article outlines how the cultural meaning of the whole Earth representation changed in parallel with the appropriation of the image by the large technological enterprises that emerged from America’s counterculture. It returns to the possibility of a coexistence of ‘views from within’ and ‘views from without’ following a detour with Gregory Bateson via Bali and proposes a Cybernetics of Grace as a practice of resistance against pure exteriority. The article concludes by linking the Cybernetics of Grace with the second-order conversations of Gordon Pask.
Keywords second-order cybernetics  conversation   art   Margaret Mead   Gregory Bateson   Gordon Pask  Aldous Huxley  perennial philosophy  virtuosity  DE (Confucianism, Daoism)  Daoism
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DOI 10.1386/tear_00049_1
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