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Catalog for the exhibition De la figuración al arte de sistemas [From Figuration to Systems Art] (Córdoba: Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Emilio A. Caraffa, August 1970).


The Centro de Estudios de Arte y Comunicación [Center for Art and Communication Studies] (CEAC) was created in 1968. Shortly after its first public exhibition Arte y Cibernética [Art and Cybernetics] (August- September 1969), it changed its name to the Centro de Arte y Comunicación [Center for Art and Communication] (CAyC). Led by director and theoretician Jorge Glusberg, the CAyC sponsored a number of different artists over time. The Grupo de los Trece [Group of Thirteen] was founded in 1971 and was comprised of Jacques Bedel, Luis Benedit, Gregorio Dujovny, Carlos Ginzburg, Víctor Grippo, Jorge González Mir, Vicente Marotta, Luis Pazos, Alfredo Portillos, Juan Carlos Romero, Julio Teich, Horacio Zabala, Alberto Pellegrino and Jorge Glusberg. Later, some of the artists left the group and new members were added. By 1975 the Grupo CAyC included Bedel, Benedit, Grippo, Portillos and Glusberg.
Jorge Glusberg coined the term “Systems Art” to denote the different artistic proposals that were developed at the CAyC. Under this concept, works are understood as “sistemas de signos” [systems of signs]; these, in turn, respond to different códigos [codes]: political, ecological, conceptual and cybernetic, among others. Beyond the diversity of meanings proposed by each work, all works contain the nature of a system. At the production level this involves the possibility of a certain serialization or perhaps a multiplication of these as well as the significance of the creative process contained in the finished product.

Natalia Pineau.
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Courtesy of Benedit Familiy, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Courtesy of the Archives of Centro de Arte Experimental Vigo CAEV)-Fundación Centro de Artes Visuales (CAV) de la Plata, Argentina.
Biblioteca del Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.