Sunday, 18 April 2010

Digital Pioneers, London, the V&A

During my visit to London this week (more on that later) I had some spare time to go and check out a few of the exhibits that I missed on my last visit. (partly because the V&A is a bit of a maze when you enter from the back and don't have a map)

One of these was the digital pioneers exhibit at the V&A.. As the name suggests this was an exhibit featuring the artists to first use the computer as a design tool. Although only quite a small exhibit the work was varied and featured some stars that I had only seen replicated in text books before, though they are of course only digital printouts of the original item (should that be code?). Featured in these pictures is the work of Mark Wilson and Frieder Nake.
It was nice to see them grouped together like this and make the links between the different artists and work on offer.
Most noticeably the importance of series' of image and the inherent precision as well as the colour palette's chosen by the artists.

Individuals were picked out not only for their pieces but also because they designed the software that they used to create them. The link with science is/was also a major factor of this type of artwork, whereby the artists themselves would be collaborating with scientists to push the work and create new things and explore the capabilities fully.

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