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      Revisiting and Re-presenting 1980s Micro Computer Art

      Proceedings of EVA London 2021 (EVA 2021)
      AI and the Arts: Artificial Imagination
      5th July – 9th July 2021
      Computer art, Digital art, Micro computers, 8-bit computers


            The Computer Arts Archive was established in Leicester, UK in early 2020 in order to preserve and develop the CAS50 Collection, a collection of computer artworks brought together in 2018 and 2019 to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Computer Arts Society. This paper presents work undertaken to expand the archive through the development of focused collections based around areas that we feel are under-reported in the canon of computer and digital art history. The Micro Arts collection explores computer art made using 1980s “micro computers” such as the BBC Micro and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. The starting point of the collection is the Micro Arts project produced in the 1980s by Geoff Davis and colleagues. We present the work undertaken so far in establishing the collection and discuss issues relating to the capture and documentation of pioneering digital artwork such as this.


            Author and article information

            July 2021
            July 2021
            : 287-291
            [0001]Interact Digital Arts Ltd.

            Leicester, UK
            [0002]University of the Arts

            London, UK
            © Clark et al. Published by BCS Learning & Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA London 2021, UK

            This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

            Proceedings of EVA London 2021
            EVA 2021
            5th July – 9th July 2021
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            AI and the Arts: Artificial Imagination

            1477-9358 BCS Learning & Development

            Self URI (article page): https://www.scienceopen.com/hosted-document?doi=10.14236/ewic/EVA2021.52
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
            Electronic Workshops in Computing

            Applied computer science,Computer science,Security & Cryptology,Graphics & Multimedia design,General computer science,Human-computer-interaction
            8-bit computers,Micro computers,Digital art,Computer art


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