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Pop Up Exhibition: Computer Based Art in the UCL Collection

By Melissa M Terras, on 10 May 2012

On Tuesday 29th May, between 1 and 2pm, I’ll be hosting a Pop-Up exhibition at UCL Art Museum, looking at Computer generated art held in the UCL Art Museum Collection.

Pop-Up displays at UCL Art Museum are held throughout the year.  By becoming a guest curator for one day, anyone at UCL can select works from the vast art collection. They can share their choices with students, colleagues and the general public in the informal setting of a free lunchtime exhibition in the museum.

Given my background in computing and the arts and humanities, I thought it would be really fun to try and see what computer generated art there was in the collection. UCL has an interesting history of this – there was a lot of experimental computer art going on with the aid of the engineering faculty in the 1970s, and the Slade School of Fine Art (part of UCL) established an “Experimental and Computing Department” in the 1970s, and The Slade Centre for Electronic Media in Fine Art in 1995. What interesting art works that started their life on a computer now lurk in the UCL Art Museum archives?
Do come by on Tuesday 29th May, 1-2pm. Free entry. It would be great to see you there.

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