Computer Arts Society
About the Society
The Computer Arts Society (CAS) promotes the creative uses of computers in the arts and culture generally. It is a community of interest for all involved in doing, managing, interpreting and understanding information technology's cultural potential.
Monthly meetings are held in London and elsewhere in the UK. See the Programme for details.
BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT
The CAS is a Specialist Group of the BCS.
The Computer Arts Society is free to join. If you are a BCS member you can manage your specialist group memberships by logging in via this link. You may then want to join the CAS email list. Non BCS members can simply join the email list. We will shortly be offering a CAS members' area on this website to enable you to manage your membership.
Archiving Computer Arts
The original CAS was active from 1968 until the mid 1980s. There were significant archives of material from this era, mainly stored in homes and offices of people then active in the group. The CAS has worked closely with CACHe, a project in the Department of History of Art, Film and Visual media at Birkbeck, University of London, documenting UK computer arts in the years to 1980.
This leads to a wider interest in the archiving, study and presentation of computer arts from earlier years.
Present & Future Computer Arts
With so many novel and exciting developments in the creative uses of computers in the arts the society has resumed its original aims of bringing together those active in this area.
The society holds joint events with other BCS Specialist Groups and other professional groups and associations.
The CAS plans to have an educational role in making students more aware of early work in computer arts and in helping artists to use computers creatively. CAS recently merged with CADE - Computers in Art and Design Education.