Raspberry Pi

A small, simple computer has been developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. It is a basic computer device and the user connects up the components themselves i.e. mouse, keyboard, and can write their own programming codes. It is targeted towards children with the aim that it will help them better understand computing. Nowadays computers do … Continue reading

Science Museum Field Trip

An early morning trip to the Science Museum proved to be very informative and useful, and who doesn’t like the Science Museum?! We went to the second floor to look at the exhibit that shows the history of the computer and while were there, we found a display that explained the form of the Tetrahedron … Continue reading

A “Supercomputer”

During our meeting with Crabtree, we were discussing the first ‘supercomputers’.  Here is an example of one of the first super computers, built between 1950 and 1954. Reproduced from: Jürgens, C. M., 2009. The Digital Print: A complete Guide to processes Identification and preservation. London: Thames & Hudson.


During our chat with John Crabtree he mentioned the first computer programme introduced to him at Walthamstow College of Art, by Nigel Hitch; Fortran. It was a simple, general purpose programme which John said took 5 minutes to get his head around. Here’s a good old Wikipedia link which explains more.

John Crabtree Day

This morning we had our first meeting with the artist of “Five Tetrahedra” Mr John Crabtree, and what a pleasure it was.  He was informative, insightful, happy to discuss the work and still enthusiastic about many areas including technology and current affairs.  He spent almost two hours with us answering our questions and happily discussing … Continue reading

Science Museum

A visit to the Computing section at the science museum could prove to be useful.

Harold Cohen

Today I received an email from Harold Cohen, a student at the Slade from 1961-68.  The interesting thing about Harold Cohen is that he invented the system AARON, one of the first computer drawing software systems.  As he says in his email below, he was at the Slade at an earlier time but he has … Continue reading

Terminology: How Much Does It Matter?

We are booked for an appointment at the Tate Reading Rooms to access the ICA Archives on 6 March! Hopefully there we will learn more about the British computer art scene during the late 1960s – early 1970s. So far, our research has led us to ponder questions of the historicity of computer art. Every … Continue reading

Progress Meeting

Yesterday we met with course tutor Marilena, for a progress meeting. Having now secured a meeting with the artist Chris Crabtree for tomorrow (22 Feb), we talked about the possibility of recording our chat with him, with a dictaphone for example. We also talked briefly about how to bring all our research together into its … Continue reading

Computer programming in the 21st Century

Check out this link to Marie Sester’s Access – a great example of what can be done with computer programmes now.