A new anthology examines a crucial period in the history of computer art
White Heat Cold Logic:
British Computer Art 1960-1980 (Leonardo Books)
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Not only are computer-based works largely missing from histories of twentieth-century art, it is often hard to avoid the impression that blatant ignorance (as well as, sometimes, nonchalance) about the past reigns even among the artists, gallerists, and critics promoting such art today. One may always claim, of course, that digital art is still a newcomer yet to be embraced by the art world, but there is a considerable body of works, ideas, and theories that has been largely neglected by art curricula, critical discourses, and dominant institutions alike. As a consequence, contemporary digital artworks that manage to make their way into museums and galleries often ring, in spite of their apparent novelty, an uncannily familiar bell—that is, for those who know the history.
It is a truism to say that every new
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