A Brief History of Computer Art

Anders Norås

Short talk - in English


From LSD-fuelled hacking in 1960s Frisco Bay Area, via nerdy-boys doing digital graffiti from their bedrooms in the 80ies to the world wide web gallery of today, programming has been a form of artistic expression. We discover our amazing art history and how we can express ourselves through code.

Expected audience:

This talk should have something for everyone.

Outline (Should not be published):

This talk focuses on how people have used computer programming as a means of expression and application of creative skill and imagination producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. We follow programming as an art form from its inception in the 1960s, artists from a fine arts background discovering computers in the 1970s, the rise of the amateur programmers' demoscene in the 1980s and the web being a place to exhibit digital art today.

Some of the things we'll learn:
* how certain mathematical algorithms have become the still lives and croquis nudes of computer art
* what the demoscene has in common with the hugely popular streetart movement
* how code it self can be artworks
* how a computer print out of a well-known algorithm suddenly sells for thousands of dollars on art auctions.
* what frameworks and tools you can use to program your own artworks

The talk is visually engaging supported by stunning imagery and beautiful code and it aims to inspire the audience to both discover the rich world of computerised art and take part in it themselves.