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White Heat Cold Logic : British Computer Art 1960-1980

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Paul Brown, Charlie Gere, Nicholas Lambert and Catherine Mason (Eds.) "White Heat Cold Logic: British Computer Art 1960-1980",a Leonardo book, MIT press, February 2009, 568pp., 63 illus.
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Participation method
3- Typology and history of the technologies used by the artists

Observer: Julie Bourbonnais

The MIT Press, the only university press in the United States whose list is based in science and technology, has just put out a new book, White Heat Cold Logic, which traces the history of British computer art from 1960-1980.

The title is derived from a Harold Wilson quote: “(…) a new nation forged from the white heat of the technological revolution”, which refers to the technological optimism widespread at midcentury. The book documents the central role played by artists in connecting technology and culture through the transformation of the logic of computing into a new artistic medium. At that time, user-friendly computer interfaces were inexistent and artists were required to build their own machines in collaboration with scientists.

”White Heat Cold Logic” was assembled with contributions from many of these early computer art practitioners, who share their insight into the possibilities new technologies brought to them in the 60’s, and perhaps expand our sense of what we can do with new technologies today.

(sources: MIT press website, wikipedia, SPECTRE list for media culture in Deep Europe)


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