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ISEA2010 RUHR Conference
P30 History of Computer Art
Thur 26 August 2010
Volkshochschule Dortmund, L 103
Moderated by Jürgen Claus (de)
On the occasion of the exhibition "Computerkunst/Computer Art 2010" at the Innovation Center Wiesenbusch in Gladbeck, this panel invites you to take a look at over two decades of computer art, exploring the roles of pioneers and protagonists as well as important concepts and institutions in the field.
- 10:00h | Wolfgang Schneider (de): In Favour of Computer Art
- 10:30h | James Faure Walker (gb): Twenty Years of ISEA. A Painter's Response
- 11:00h | Jürgen Claus (de): Footnotes to the Electronic Bauhaus 2010
Wolfgang Schneider (de)
In Favour of Computer Art
The museum in Gladbeck is looking back on a series of contests and expositions in computer art being awarded with the Gladbeck Golden Plotter Award. A period of these activities of 25 years seems to be reason enough to present a portfolio of graphic sheets collecting works of pioneers and outstanding participants of our activities in electronic arts. This portfolio will be presented at ISEA2010RUHR and the exposition Computerkunst/Computer Art 2.010 at the Innovation Center Wiesenbusch in Gladbeck (August 29th to September 26th 2010).
Dr. Wolfgang Schneider, born 1945, is a natural scientist. He studied Geology, History, History of the Arts (Universities of Cologne and Bochum). Director of the Museum der Stadt Gladbeck (1977 -2010), Cofounder of the Gesellschaft für Elektronische Kunst, international, biannual competition and exhibition for the Golden Plotter Award, Gladbeck (1986 - 2010), editor of catalogues in history and cultural history.
James Faure Walker (gb)
Twenty Years of ISEA. A Painter's Response
Reflecting on how the territory described by digital art has shifted around in the twenty years of ISEA: from the idea of the robotic computer-generated to the idea of the social activist using iPhones. Persisting as a 2D artist (a painter using digital tools) I have witnessed a fascinating evolution. Some questions remain unanswered, and the future is as unpredictable as ever. Recalling past ISEA's, the exhibitions, the debates, alongside my own development negotiating a path amidst both the mainstream and the digital art worlds, this paper tries to tie up a few loose ends.
Born in London 1948. Golden Plotter, Computerkunst, Gladbeck, 1998. Exhibited, ISEA from 1990; DAM Gallery, Berlin; Siggraph 1995 - 2007. 11 works in Victoria and Albert Museum. Editor, Artscribe 1976. Book, Painting the Digital River, Prentice Hall 2006. Commissioned artist, FIFA 2010 World Cup.
Jürgen Claus (de)
Footnotes to the Electronic Bauhaus 2010
The Electronic Bauhaus which I coined in 1987 inspired institutions and publications till today. Re-viewing my book, teaching and various artistic activities I am still convinced that computer art opens fundamental understanding towards the basic environmental, architectural, social, climatic changes of our time. If the change towards a Solar Age has to stabilize our societies, it must be a cultural one. My proposition regarding the social and artistic responsibilities of an Electronic Bauhaus is to start with a preamble, formulating the goals and the vision that might lead us towards a Solar Age.
Jürgen Claus was Fellow and Research Affiliate at the CAVS at MIT, Cambridge, MA and professor at the Academy of Media Art Cologne. He exhibited at Electra, Paris 1983/84, ars electronica 1986, Light art from artificial light, Karlsruhe 2005/6. His work include underwater, solar art sculptures and 15 books.