The Counterculture Room

A 1970s utopian project to give a socialist state a democratic electronic backbone was 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 — told the story of the Cybersyn experience.

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Photography: Bradley Lloyd Barnes


Administering Body:

Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes

Design Team:

FabLab Santiago


Andres Briceño Gutierrez

Tomas Vivanco Larraín

Supporting Bodies:

Fundación Imagen de Chile

Dirección de Asuntos Culturales del Ministerio de RREE (DIRAC)

2016 Exhibitors