Thursday, February 19, 2009

[Yasmin_announcements] Reminder - CAS March Meeting: Francesca Franco + White Heat

Remindder - please forward to interested friends and associates.

The Computer Arts Society is pleased to invite you to our March
meeting. This event is open to the public and is free. You are
invited to attend a little earlier - at 6:30 - for a glass of
wine to celebrate the informal launch of the new book "White Heat
Cold Logic - British Computer Art 1960-1980" from MIT Press. See: Three of the books four editors and
several contributors will be present.

Please note we have also changed our meetings to 'the first
Wednesday of the month!'

Wednesday 4 March 2009
6:30 for 7:00pm
London Knowledge Lab - Institute of Education
23 - 29 Emerald St
London WC1N 3QS, England
Tube: Holborn, Russell Square or Chancery Lane

Francesca Franco

1970 - the first computer art show at the Venice Biennale:
an experiment or product of the bourgeois culture?

"My talk focuses on the history of the first computer art show
held at the Venice Biennale in 1970 and its political and social
context. What consequences did this show bring about to the

"I propose to consider the 1970 Venice Biennale as a reflection
of the global changes in the art world that happened in the late
1960s in response to technological developments. Two earlier
events, namely the Tendencies 4 exhibition in Zagreb and the
First Nuremberg Biennale, both held in 1969, foreshadow these
changes. I will consider works presented by artists such as
Herbert Franke, Frieder Nake, Georg Nees and the Computer
Technique Group (CGT, Japan), to discuss to what extent the
Biennale reflected different approaches to computer art in
western and eastern countries. I will also analyse the way
technology brought to the Biennale a new wave of creativity, but
at the same time an element of destabilisation to the traditional
asset of the Biennale institution."

Francesca Franco is an associate lecturer at Birkbeck College,
University of London, within the School of History of Art, Film &
Visual Media (2007-present). She is currently completing her PhD
in history of art on the relationship between art, technology and
politics in the context of the Venice Biennale, 1966-1986, at
Birkbeck College. She holds an MA in Digital Art History obtained
from the same college. She has been sitting on the editorial
board of Computers and the History of Art (CHArt) since 2005.

CAS 1968-2009 - supporting the Computer Arts for over 40 years
CAS is a BCS Specialist Group

Future CAS meetings:

Wed 1 Apr - Rob Saunders (note change!)
Wed 6 May - Jorn Ebner

Paul Brown - based in Germany Jan - Feb 2009 ==
UK Mobile +44 (0)794 104 8228 == USA fax +1 309 216 9900
Skype paul-g-brown
Artist in Residence, compArt Project - Bremen University

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