When Technology met Art: An introduction to 1960’s British Computer Art Pioneer, Desmond Paul Henry (1921-2004)

Tue, 07 May 2013

When Technology met Art: An introduction to 1960’s British Computer Art Pioneer, Desmond Paul Henry (1921-2004)

Our next CAS lecture will take place at 7:30pm on Tuesday 21st May at the Keynes Library, Birkbeck, University of London, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD.

We are very pleased to welcome Elaine O'Hanrahan who will talk about the pioneering analogue computer artwork of Desmond Henry

When Technology met Art: An introduction to 1960's British Computer Art Pioneer, Desmond Paul Henry (1921-2004)

Elaine O'Hanrahan, Henry's daughter and curator of The D.P. Henry Archive, will present an illustrated talk contextualising the machine-drawings Henry created using adapted bombsight computers from WWII aircraft.

Desmond Paul Henry (1921-2004) ranks among one of the few early British pioneers of Computer Art/Graphics of the 1960's. During this period he constructed a total of three mechanical drawing machines (in 1960, '63 and '67) based around the components of analogue bombsight computers.

Henry's machine-drawings, together with his second drawing machine of 1963, were included in the I.C.A's seminal Art and Technology exhibition of 1968, Cybernetic Serendipity. In 2010 examples of Henry's machine-generated art were welcomed into the V & A collections and his work was included in their Digital Pioneers exhibition.

More at: www.desmondhenry.com