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.

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

Dietrich: The Computer: A Tool for Thought-Experiments

Interesting article (1987) by Frank Dietrich ‘The Computer: A Tool for Thought-Experiments’ The article is heavy with some very interesting theory (notions such as dematerialization of artworks, computer simulations and the relationships between art, human mind and machines), but also contains some case studies of creative work with machines (including the work of Woody Vasulka, … Continue reading

Computer Art Background Information

While we haven’t received a response from Jo Volley and the BBC, we did find an interesting article by Charlie Gere in the Tate Papers on the rise of computer and digital art through the Tate’s online archives. It provides excellent context for Crabtree’s work by detailing the philosophy behind contemporary movements such as Fluxus … Continue reading

New research material

Thanks to Adam Waterton, Librarian at the Royal Academy of Arts, London new research sources on the history of computer generated art in the UK, as well as on Chris Crabtree could be found. To access our updated bibliography please see ‘Resources’ and the correspondence below… Hi Sabrina, This sounds a very interesting project; I … Continue reading


Here’s a picture to give you a sense of the hard work that goes on at our busy head office…it’s bustling with people working, meeting and keeping themselves going with good coffee and muffins. The cozy-couch department is particularly popular. This week, Sabrina fed the troops with homemade guacamole.