Curator's Key

Juan Downey, “The Laughing Alligator” (1978)

“Taking up ideas learned from the Yanomami and responding to technological innovations, Downey anticipated, as if foreseeing today’s internet, an all-encompassing cybernetic mesh of relations that would pervade all of society, in – as he wrote as early as 1973 in the journal Radical Software – ‘an attitude of total communication within which ultra-developed minds will be telepathically cellular to an electromagnetic whole’.

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