‘Cybertheatre’ by Lev Nusberg (1967)
Russian avant-garde art installation featuring a stage of automaton polygon lifeforms. Taken from Faktografia's essay post 'The Art of Cybernetic Communism’:
In 1966-67 Dvizhenie planned a ‘Cybertheatre’ for Leningrad, an installation which would be populated with human-scale ‘cyber-creatures’, pulsating lights and concrete sounds, cascading pools of water and vaporous gases.
Visitors would follow paths through this strange environment, walking through the pools wearing protective clothing and avoiding plumes of steam and gas. All of this was to be programmed to respond to the passage of the visitor. The Cybertheatre presented its audience with a simulation of life on a strange planet (which its authors seemed to suggest might even be the Earth in some tragic future). Nusberg wrote It is of course an aesthetic fantasy, perhaps with prophetic overtones. Is not Man himself creating more and more of his environment on the planet Earth (using matter in the same way as a sculptor uses clay for his sculptures)?
I could not find any film footage of the piece, which would be fascinating to watch (although likely to underwhelm in reality by today’s standards).
You can read the whole essay here