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CAS50: Fifty Years of the Computer Arts Society

The Computer Arts Society was established in the UK in 1968 by George Mallen, Alan Sutcliffe and John Lansdown and pioneered the development of computer arts in the UK and worldwide.

To celebrate 50 years since the founding of the society we will be supporting a number of events and activities in 2018 and 2019. This will include a celebratory CAS50 Collection and exhibition, multiple symposia, live events and a conference panel. We will also be undertaking a major revamp of our website and adding new archival and contemporary computer art materials.

Programme*

Monday 21st May - Wednesday 13th June 2018
CAS50 Exhibition Leicester
LCB Depot, Leicester, LE1 1RE
Featuring artwork by Stephen Bell, Peter Beyls, Desmond Henry, Ernest Edmonds, Sean Clark, Paul Brown, William Latham, boredomresearch, Sue Gollifer, Stephen Scrivener, Daniel Brown and Andy Lomas.

Wednesday 23rd May 2018 7pm - 9pm
CAS50 Exhibition Launch Event
LCB Depot, Leicester, LE1 1RE
Drinks reception and talks.

Saturday 7th July - Sunday 18th November 2018
Chance and Control: Art in the Age of Computers
V&A, London
Inspired by the landmark Cybernetic Serendipity exhibition of 1968 and the creation of the Computer Arts Society soon afterwards, this display celebrates 50 years and more of computer-generated art.

Tuesday 10th July 2018
CAS50 Website Launch, Display and Conference Panel
EVA London, BCS, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA
Official website launch and display of the work-in-progress of the CAS50 programme. Conference panel as part of the EVA'18 conference.

Thursday 13th - Sunday 23rd September 2018
CAS50 Exhibition Brighton
Phoenix, Brighton, BN2 9NB
Featuring artwork by Stephen Bell, Peter Beyls, Desmond Henry, Ernest Edmonds, Sean Clark, Paul Brown, William Latham, boredomresearch, Sue Gollifer, Stephen Scrivener, Daniel Brown and Andy Lomas.

January 2019
In the Dark
The Cello Factory, London
Event curated by Genetic Moo in collaboration with the London Group. Details to be confirmed.

*The programme will develop over the year.

Call for Content

We are looking for materials from the last 50 years of the Computer Arts Society to add to our online archive. These could include:

  • Documents, posters and photographs
  • Video materials. Either digital or on tape or film
  • Early computer artworks on paper or digital
  • Stories and recollections
  • Anything else you think might be of interest

Contact cas50@computer-arts-society.com and we can discuss how best to digitise what you have.