[ISEA2010] Paper: Enrique Rivera & Catalina Ossa – Absolutum Obsoletum: If It Works It’s Out of Date


In 1970 at the beginning of Chilean socialist pacific revolution in the Allende’s goverment, Fernando Flores, an engineer in charge of CORFO, the office which was in charge to manage the nationalized companies, knew the work of the cybernetician Stafford Beer on Management Cybernetics, and invite him to apply his VIABLE SYSTEM MODEL. Beer accepted the invitation and the project started with the configuration of a transdisciplinary team and a branch of several Chilean and foreign institutions, like INTEC (Institute of Technology), ECOM (Computer Company of Chile), together with important theorists, scientists and designers such as Raul Espejo, Gui Bonsiepe, Humberto Maturana, Francisco Varela, among others. They developed the interface, software, technical implementation and the training of the people who will compile and transmit the data, a group compound by engineers and common workers.

  • Enrique Rivera (CL, 1977) is a media artist and researcher from Chile, director of Plataforma Cultura Digital, an Art, Science and Technology lab from Santiago. His research focusses on the history of media art in South America and the implications of digital culture on developing countries.
  • Catalina Ossa, born in Santiago, Chile in 1982. She is a multimedia artist, founder of the Art and Science studio or_am and has worked on the production of Tesla: Summit of Digital Culture in 2008-09, and 9th Video and Media Arts Biennial. She is one of the Directors of

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