Announcement
November 1, 2012

Conversation with Computer Art Pioneers

Site Gallery
Ernest Edmonds, Shaping Space.

In conjunction with Ernest Edmonds’ exhibition Light Logic (Site Gallery, 17 November 2012 to 2 February 2013), Site Gallery and De Montfort University present:

Computer Art Pioneers on Making Art by Writing Code

Leila Johnston will chair a conversation between some of the most significant international computer art pioneers of the 1960s: Ernest Edmonds, Manfred Mohr, Frieder Nake and Roman Verostko.

Collectively these artists might be considered responsible for the development of art history from dada into digital. Coming to the computer from different tracks of constructivist, actionist and conceptual art, they began to re-plot the way art might be made, from creating drawing and plotting machines to using algorithms and code to construct their work.

A new generation of digital artists is emerging; those who have been brought up with the internet, who have no connection to the hand-written algorithm or the slow computing of the 1970s. The Conversation will investigate the initial impulses that drew artists to the computer and consider how it differs to where we are now.

The Conversations will include an opportunity to view the exhibition in the company of the artist. The exhibition includes archival work and a new generative light sculpture made possible with the support of Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts and the Henry Moore Foundation.

Tickets: 15 GBP (concession 12.50 GBP), available from www.sitegallery.org.

This Conversation forms part of the De Montfort University celebrations building up to the 2015 50th anniversary of the first computer art show. It is supported by De Montfort University and the Computer Art Society.

 

 

 

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