Sunday, April 26, 2009

[Yasmin_announcements] Computer Baroque online exhibition

Computer Baroque
defining works in the history of digital moving image - an online
exhibition curated by Richard Wright

until 14 July 2009.

Computer Baroque is an exhibition of films by pioneers of computer
animation: Karl Sims, Yoichiro Kawaguchi, William Latham, Beriou, John
Tonkin, Chris Landreth, Peter Callas, Simon Biggs, Ruth Lingford, James
Duesing, Paul Garrin, Shelley Lake, The Butler Brothers and Jason White &
Richard Wright.

Rarely seen, they represent a period – the late 1980s and early 1990s - in
which computer animation was the focus for the most audacious and exuberant
experiments across all areas of new media, art and technology. The films
range from earlier works by Karl Sims and William Latham influenced by
scientific ideas, to the more ironic and satirical works by Shelley Lake and
the Butler Brothers.

The films are accompanied by programme notes and an essay by curator Richard

Why characterise this period as "Baroque"? I think it was the sense that by
the late 1980s we had reached a stage where the power of computers could
finally be harnessed by more than a handful of insiders. Artists wanted to
push the computer as far as it would go, to create visual transformations
that defied previous traditions, to blend image and music and text, to apply
scientific ideas as new sources of inspiration. It created a strident kind
of image that insisted on the fact of its own realisation, fleeting paeans
to the artificial. Yet equally present was a nagging anxiety, that this
artifice heralded a world of totalizing control, paranoia and catastrophe.
Richard Wright

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