Digital Pioneers, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom

Installation view

December 7, 2009 – April 25, 2010

This display provides an overview of the first decades of the computer’s history in art and design. It includes some of the earliest computer-generated works in the V&A’s collections, many of which have never been exhibited in the UK before. From the 1960s until the early 1980s, digital pioneers worked directly with computer hardware and software to produce graphic images unlike anything that had gone before. Some artists went on to use increasingly sophisticated software packages, while others continued to work directly with the hardware itself.

The display includes plotter drawings, screenprints, digital inkjet prints, photographs and animations, as well as important documentary material from the time. It features pioneers working in science and industry during the 1950s and 60s, such as Frieder Nake, Georg Nees and Herbert W. Franke. Artists who worked with the computer in the 1970s and 80s include Paul Brown, Harold Cohen, Manfred Mohr and Vera Molnar. The show also encompasses more recent works by James Faure Walker, Jean Pierre-Hébert, Roman Verostko and Mark Wilson

Participating Artists:
Paul Brown, Harold Cohen, Charles Csuri, James Faure Walker, William Fetter, Herbert W. Franke, Jean-Pierre Hébert, Desmond Paul Henry, Ken Knowlton, Ben F. Laposky, Manfred Mohr, Vera Molnar, Frieder Nake, Georg Nees, Lillian Schwartz, Roman Verostko, Mark Wilson