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Colloquium - Nake

Three Reflections on Computer Art
Frieder Nake
University of Bremen, Germany
9/3/1998
3:30pm-4:30pm

Artists of all venues have come to use the computers for their creative work. In the fine arts, this started in the mid-sixties. Today, there is a prestigious annual award (the Prix Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria), and a biannual conference (by ISEA, the International Society for Electronic Arts) dedicated to computer art, and many more events.

The talk will single out three aspects of computer support for artistic work, and draw some general conclusion. The three aspects are:

Although some still raise the question, whether this is, or is not, art, the really interesting point is a in the way an artist relates to his or her work. The loss of immediate influence on the corporeal appearance of a painting is just the other side of a gain in mediated influence on a painting's abstract structure. Material construction gets shifted towards immaterial description. This generalizes to virtually all applications of computers.

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