Radical Software: Art, Technology, and the Bay Area Underground charts previously unexplored connections between art, technology, radical politics, and the psychedelic avant-garde. At the first Hackers' Conference in 1984, Stewart Brand—former Merry Prankster, founder of the "Whole Earth Catalog," Global Business Network, and Long Now Foundation—made his often-quoted claim that "information wants to be free."
This exhibition combines artworks, experimental film and video, documentary material and artifacts that trace the countercultural discourse that made Brand's assertion possible: from its early manifestations in the postwar bohemian underground to its adoption as a basic principle by a new generation of artists, hackers, and activists.
Artists in the exhibition include Ant Farm, Amy Balkin, Artists' Liberation Front, Berkeley Community Memory, Wallace Berman, Victor Burgin, William Burroughs, Copenhagen Free University, the Diggers, Dean and Dudley Evenson, Nancy Holt/Robert Smithson, Ferdinand Kriwet, Timothy Leary, National Center for Experiments in Television, Josh On, Optic Nerve, Raindance, Dan Sandin, San Francisco Mime Troupe, John Stehura, Superflex, University of Openness, and VideoFreex.
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