Computer Art Image of the Month articles for BCS archive now on-line

All my BCS Image of the Month articles are now archived on-line at the Computer Arts Society.  With thanks to Sean Clark for his sterling work on this.

Remembering Cybernetic Serendipity

Fifty years on from Cybernetic Serendipity, the 1968 exhibition of computer art, Studio International remembers the impact and legacy of this seminal show.  Read my article which looks at the history of the exhibition and how it has shaped digital art in the years since.

AND Congratulations to Paul Brown for his show Process, Chance, and Serendipity: Art That Makes Itself at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C. on now until 15 July 2018.  Read a review in the New Scientist.


Lecture – Computer art and the influence of D’Arcy Thompson

Come to my forthcoming lecture in Dundee –

‘A huge space of endless predetermined possibilities’: Computer art and the influence of D’Arcy Thompson

On 8 November 6pm, I’m thrilled to be going to the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum to talk about how the writing of code has been used to draw since digital computing technology became accessible to artists from the mid-1960s.  This year is the 100th anniversary of D’Arcy W Thompson’s book On Growth and Form (1917) which had a formative influence on the pioneers of algorithmic art.

William Latham muta6, 2014 (detail)

In this talk we will learn how complex and visually arresting imagery often comes from surprisingly simple sets of instructions. We will discover that the use of the computer offers ‘a huge space of endless predetermined possibilities.’ (William Latham, artist)

Co-organised with the Abertay Historical Society as part of NEoN Digital Arts Festival supported by Creative Scotland.  Book your ticket here

A Computer in the Art Room book

Just a reminder that my book – A Computer in the Art Room, The Origins of British Computer Arts 1950-1980 is still available to purchase from this website (it seems to be prohibitively expensive on Amazon for some reason) – click the SHOP tab above.  Computer-in-the-art-room-bo

Read a synopsis here: A Computer in the Art Room synopsis  Also read reviews of the book .

Morphogenetic Creations

Andy Lomas Morphogenetic Creations, 2016 Installation view
Andy Lomas Morphogenetic Creations, 2016 Installation view

Andy Lomas’s new solo exhibition at Watermans, (until 21st July) provides a perfect opportunity to see his complete vision.  From framed prints and moving image animations to 3D printing, Lomas explores the aesthetics of biology inspired by the theories of Alan Turing and D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson.  Based on his cellular growth model, he creates intriguing, uncannily beautiful shapes with the feel of living organisms.  The quality of and detail in this work is superb, I urge everyone to see this wonderful show.