In the 1970s computers went from huge, expensive and difficult to cute, affordable and fun. Our world emerges from that transformation.
NYU professor Dr. Laine Nooney studies the culture of computing – its origins and how it became both “domestic”, as it entered the home, and “personal” – as it entered our lives.
In ‘Cybernetic Serendipity’, the first exhibition of computer art, curator Jasia Reichardt presented a world where computers create with us.
Jasia introducing works in the Cybernetic Serendipity show:
Jasia’s 2014 retrospective of Cybernetic Serendipity:
In 2018, Jasia gave an hour-long public lecture on the 50th anniversary of Cybernetic Serendipity:
The book accompanying the Cybernetic Serendipity was recently republished to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the exhibition – read all about it (and maybe buy yourself a copy) here.
What can you say about Norbert Wiener? Norbert invented whole branches of mathematics and computer science – and gave us the prefix ‘cyber-‘.
Rowland Emett‘s Forget-Me-Not with Peripheral Pachyderm:
John Whitney‘s Permutations is among the very first computer animations:
Running Cola is Africa is one of the pieces from the IBM Computer Technics Group in Tokyo – and a very early piece of computer art:
Both Genevieve and I have a real soft spot for another work, Return to a Square:
In 1962, IBM taught a computer to sing ‘Daisy’ — which became the core scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey.