Early Pioneers of Electronic Art

Tuesday, 23 July 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Session Chair: Tad Hirsch, University of Washington

The Electric "Now Indigo Blue": Synthetic Color and Video Synthesis Circa 1969

This paper analyzes the early work of electronics engineer Eric Siegel and Nam June Paik’s and Shuya Abe’s Paik/Abe Video Synthesizer, built at WGBH in 1969. The images produced from these devices were, as Siegel puts it, akin to a “psychic healing medium” used to create “mass cosmic consciousness, awakening higher levels of the mind, [and] bringing awareness of the soul.” While such radical and cosmic unions have ultimately failed, these unique color technologies nonetheless lay the foundation for colorism in the history of electronic computer art.

Carolyn Kane
Hunter College, City University of New York

The Emergence and Growth of Evolutionary Art 1980-1993

An exploration of the aesthetic and scientific background of the first evolutionary artworks of the 1980s, in particular those of British artist William Latham.

Nicholas Lambert
Birkbeck College

William Latham
Goldsmiths College, University of London

Frederic Fol Leymarie
Goldsmiths College, University of London

Early History of French Computer Graphics

This paper aims to provide a mapping of research and creation on computer graphics in France at their moment of emergence (1970-1990).

Cécile Welker
Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris and École Nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris