Continuous Tone vs. Halftone

Five Tetrahedra is a complex print featuring a multifarious process. When thinking about the examination of the print, the difference between Continuous Tone and Halftone image formation was questioned. When observing an image under magnification, Continuous Tone is when the darker and lighter areas or different colors appear to flow into each other without any apparent dot … Continue reading

Legacy

While casually checking Facebook today, we stumbled upon a fantastic blog entitled “The Art Attack Podcast.” Essentially, the podcast teaches visitors art viewing skills in a relaxed setting while being introduced to some of Washington D.C.’s art treasures from the comfort of their own homes (computers?). The most recent podcast talks about Nam June Paik’s … Continue reading

New Discovery – “WAVES I” by Chris Crabtree Slade Prize winning project

When searching for the provenances of all works by Chris Crabtree in UCL Art Museum’s collection database last Thursday we found out that his work “WAVES I” won a Slade Prize in 1972. For this reason – all Slade Prize winners being represented in UCL’s Art Collection – the work was integrated in the same … Continue reading

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

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.

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

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.

Design Inspiration

While researching the  Computer Arts Society yesterday, we came across the CACHe Project Archive, an online archive of early British computer art by Birkbeck University. The website seems to be constantly evolving as more material is archived. So far, they have uploaded issues of PAGE, the Computer Arts Society’s bulletin, John Lansdown’s (one of the … Continue reading