Lunchtime Talk
Fri 17 Jan 13:00

Why Cybernetics?

We are delighted to be joined by Charlotte Bradley from the 3A Institute based at Australian National University. She will discus her research & the usefulness of cybernetics in the development of immersive experiences.

Image c/o Charlotte Bradley

Image c/o Charlotte Bradley


Charlotte Bradley

Charlotte Bradley is a Masters student and researcher at the 3A Institute (3Ai) at the Australian National University. Housed in the school of Computer Science and Engineering and led by the anthropologist and technologist Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell, the 3Ai is developing a new branch of engineering to enable the safe, ethical and effective design, integration, management and regulation of cyber-physical systems. Before joining the 3Ai, Charlotte worked as a freelance theatre director and dramaturg, and in arts management, overseeing the databases and digital presence of several major Australian performing arts companies including Belvoir Theatre Company and Opera Australia. She is also a freelance theatre director and dramaturg. Charlotte is in the UK to observe and participate in the Audiences of the Future Project.

Charlotte will talk about the mission of the 3Ai and the role of the arts in developing a new branch of engineering. She will share her research-in-progress on the usefulness of cybernetics for analysing and developing immersive theatre experiences and other artistic systems. A cybernetic approach encourages us to conceive of a performance as a complex and purposive system, driven towards its goal by the feedback loops that emerge between its various parts - including performers, audience, technology and the environment.  Charlotte is in the UK to observe and participate in the Audiences of the Future Project.

This Lunchtime Talk is part of Open Studio Friday, which takes place at the Studio every week.

Do you want to find out what is going on at the Pervasive Media Studio? Are you interested in meeting our residents, talking about a specific project or curious about pervasive media? Why not pack a sandwich and join us for one of our Lunchtime Talks and Open Studio Friday. Lunchtime Talks are informal presentations by Studio residents and associates. They normally take place at 1pm on Friday, are free and open to everybody who’s interested in what we do. After the Talk, we also invite you to stay with us for the afternoon to continue the conversation or work on your own projects. We provide chairs, tables, wireless and a great space. You bring what you need to work with (laptop/mobile). Our open afternoons close at 5pm. Let us know if you’d like a tour of the space and we'll be happy to show you around just before the talk. Send an email to: to book your place on a tour.

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