On-line talk March 29 2023: History of AI in the Arts – the UK in the 1970s

7pm in the UK – 2pm in NYC, via Zoom 

Join me for a special on-line session with 3 pioneers of computer and computational art – precursors of today’s AI & Generative Art, all of whom have a connection to the Slade School of Art and Leicester Polytechnic in the early to late 1970s.

Ernest Edmonds will describe his pioneering work with Stroud Cornock at Leicester Polytechnic, the Invention of Problems events in 1970-71, his friendship with Edward Ihnatowicz, the relationship with the Slade and the formation of the Human Computer Interface Research Unit. Stephen Bell, one of the Slade students who continued his research with Ernest, will also talk about Dominic Boreham another student who went on to the HCIRU. Paul Brown, another student at the Slade and later a Research Fellow there, will talk about his friendship with Harold Cohen and Chris Briscoe and discuss his own work with AI and A-life.

FREE! Please book here: Or watch via YouTube

The Tickle

I am super thrilled to be joining two dynamic creators/editors – Jess Britton and Johnny Dean Mann on their digital art magazine The Tickle. I am writing a monthly column – starting with Issue No.80, about the history of this field – each month a new topic. I’m looking forward to covering some historical subjects that still have relevance in the art world today, especially with reference to technology, society and early digital art. First up is Stroud Cornock and Ernest Edmonds with a work from 1970!

New book art:notes+works Ernest Edmonds

This beautifully-illustrated book about award winning digital and systems artist Ernest Edmonds, covers his career from 1960 to present. The Introduction includes a transcription of a ‘Conversation’ between Ernest and I that took place at the Paul Mellon Centre last year – hit the VIDEOS tab above to see a recording on YouTube of this lecture and conversation.

Forthcoming event at the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, London – 25 May

British Cybernetic Art: The Origins of Digital Art

Thrilled to be participating in the Liquid Crystal Concrete Summer Research Seminar Series at the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art. My session will be focusing on the history of British Cybernetics and how this led to the creation of computer and digital art. Secondly, I will be in conversation with pioneering computer & computational artist Ernest Edmonds, to discuss how cybernetics has influenced the development of his work.


25 May, 6-7.30pm : Join me on Zoom (or in person – London!) get a free ticket from Eventbrite

Networked art in Lockdown: how can we be creative in new ways?

What if we could adjust to new creative ways of doing things, to make and experience art to keep it relevant during times of Lockdown? Use of digital technologies facilitates an art made for networks and is a way for people to have a connection through art across the globe when museums and galleries are unable to open to the public. Read my article published today in Studio International.

See also Colour Computation, an article I wrote in 2013, about artist Ernest Edmonds, featured here:

Ernest Edmonds, H Space, 2020. Distributed Augmented Reality interactive installation. Sydney, communicating with Guangzhou [Photo: Ernest Edmonds]

Colour Computation

Ernest Edmonds, Shaping Space, 2012.  Copyright the artist, reproduced with permission.
Ernest Edmonds, Shaping Space, 2012. Copyright the artist, reproduced with permission.

For over forty years Ernest Edmonds has had an interest in interactivity and his current
exhibition at Site Gallery Sheffield demonstrates a career-long conversation between drawing, painting and computer-based work. Ernest is our BCS featured artist of the month, read about Shaping Space here: http://www.bcs.org/content/conWebDoc/49266

Here I am enjoying Ernest’s show which continues until 2 February.CM at Site Gallery

I’m on BBC Radio 4 discussing Computer Art!

Shaping Space by Ernest Edmonds

Hear me discussing the work of pioneering computer artists Manfred Mohr and Ernest Edmonds, (both of whom have shows opening in England this week), with John Wilson of BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. The programme aired on Thursday 15th November 2012 at 7.15pm. Click this link to play: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01ntjq7

Light Logic, Ernest Edmonds’s exhibition is at the Site Gallery, Sheffield (17 Nov – 2 Feb 2013).Also a mention on the British Computer Society website:http://www.bcs.org/content/conWebDoc/48954