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Peter Hardie RIP

Posted: Mon, 07 Oct 2019 14:48

Peter Hardie RIP

We are very sad to note the passing of Peter Hardie, artist, educator and CAS member. Friend and fellow artist Stephen Bell reflects on Peter's life and work in this obituary:

Peter Fraser Hardie was born in Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne in 1945 and died at home in Wareham on Sunday 22nd September 2019. He had been seriously ill for several years but he was able to enjoy the company of his family and said that his garden had been wonderful when I spoke with him on the phone at the start of summer.

Peter graduated from Portsmouth College of art with a DipAD in Sculpture in 1967 and with a Postgraduate Diploma in Design from Hornsey College of Art in 1968.

From 1968-79 he was a lecturer in 3D Art and design (CAD) at Northern Ireland Polytechnic, showing his work in the exhibitions in Polyhedral Forms and Ulster faces by Ulster Artists in Belfast in 1970 and 1973-74 respectively. In 1980 Peter joined the Design Department at Teesside Polytechnic where he was a Senior Lecturer in Interior Design (CAD) until 1987. Those years included in 1984 an exhibition, Computer Images at Middlesborough Art Gallery and a television screening on the making of the title sequence for The Works TV arts program. It was at Teesside that he and Peter Comninos began working together.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Peter Hardie and Peter Comninos became a classic example of the creative power of artist and scientist partnerships which would now be called sci-art. Recognised in computer graphics circles as the two Peters, they demonstrated how the knowledge and skills of their separate disciplines could be brought together. Peter H's CAD experience and ability to use the animation scripting language of Peter C's Computer Graphics Animation Language, CGAL, showed other artists that they might use code to make art at a time when such ideas were still considered revolutionary and what they learnt led to the formulation of a special environment at the National Centre for Computer Animation which has nurtured graduates with scientific and artistic skills ever since and led to Bournemouth being recognised internationally as a significant world player in computer animation education and research.

A typical example of the creative combination of art and technology were the series of entertainment simulator rides produced by Peter through The Cupboard production company (named after the modest accommodation they occupied). From 1993-99 these productions pioneered CGI entertainment rides with a storyline rather than simple thrills. The content of Planet Juro, Lair of the Dragon, Mission on Mars, Mars Mayhem and Alien Worlds reflected Peter's enthusiasm for science fiction and fantasy stories. The rides were screened around the world with Mission on Mars shown in the US Astronaut Hall of Fame in Florida. In contrast to the high tech of the rides Peter favoured hardback copies of the books that he loved so he could read new stories as soon as they were published.

With the turn of the century Peter began to focus again on his personal art practice, using high quality CGI techniques to produce animations and prints that explored natural phenomena of light on water, inspired by artists such as Monet and Bridget Riley, the works, which were exhibited nationally and internationally, including at Siggraph Art Shows in the USA (2004, 2006, 2007), Glastonbury Festival (2009) and ISEA Istanbul (2011). They "… explore the area between realism, exploring the tools now available in a 3D computer animation system for these purposes, and abstraction, looking at the aspects of colour, form, and movement." Peter wrote of the animation and stills of Falling Water, "The focus is on the interaction of the water movement and pattern and the light and dark of the scene. … evolving from the initial reactive studies of the falls to developing the structure of the image, the vertical line, the black and white, the textural variations, and the strong abstract statements the images are beginning to make." Peter continued to explore his sensitive lyrical response to nature's subtle, slow changes in his work, including the movement of leaves and tree branches by the breeze. In recent years he had been focusing on a single tree in Wareham Forest near his home.

Peter Hardie's website http://www.peterhardie.com/index.html and his animations (https://vimeo.com/user54747383) say more about Peter's art than I can put into words.

I first got to know Peter when the character of the NCCA was initially being established. As fine artists using computer graphics Peter and I were able to work together to put the case for the art side of the combination of art & science that was being explored and it is as a fellow artist that I will remember him most. I fondly remember relaxing interludes in the working day, sitting outside with Peter discussing art or science fiction and fantasy. Often while watching him play chess with a disarming zen-like ingenuity. Peter often came on these occasions from a game of squash sometimes with an exhausted opponent who reported that they had been rushing around the court while Peter made minimal but effective moves.

As a colleague and friend, Peter's laid-back personality provided calm amidst the storms that life seems to throw in our way. He was, as his name suggests, a rock. Beneath that calm personality, there was a firm resolve to get things done.

His constructive critical observations about students and fellow artists work were perceptive and insightful. On the Masters courses, he ran from 1989 until 2007 and with the Visual Research Group, Peter's leadership was subtle and effective, not strident or forceful - encapsulated in the institution of "pizza meetings" where the team could all both relax and discuss challenging issues. This approach to management also came through when making entertainment rides or running other consultancy projects.

It was a real privilege to have worked alongside Peter for so many years and to consider him a friend. I, and I am sure many others, will miss the way that spending just a little time with him could make the day pass more easily.

His art displays a sensitivity to nature and computer graphics which will be a lasting reminder of his lively mind and very particular view of existence.

He is survived by his wife Joyce, children Jane, Jess and Jake and granddaughters Millie, Tabitha and Jade.

The photograph shows Peter talking with colleague Dr Valery Adzhiev at the opening of the Light on Water exhibition.

References

2004, Artists Statement, https://digitalartarchive.siggraph.org/artwork/peter-hardie-light-on-water/
2007, Artists Statement, https://digitalartarchive.siggraph.org/artwork/peter-hardie-falling-water/

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Event Two @ The V&A

Posted: Sun, 22 Sep 2019 19:34

Event Two @ The V&A

The Computer Arts Society was invited to participate in this year's V&A Digital Design Weekend. Together with Art in Flux, we showed work from the Event Two exhibition that we held earlier in the year. The CAS50 Collection contribution featured original 2D works by Alex May, Stephen Bell, William Latham, Stephen Scrivener and DP Henry. We also included generative artworks by Sean Clark, Ernest Edmonds and Paul Brown in a video showreel. To see pictures from the event follow the link below. We hope to do more 'pop-up' events like this in the future.

https://flickr.com/photos/seancuttlefish/albums/72157711015761772

Tags: CAS, CAS50, Exhibition

Event Two Documentation

Posted: Sun, 04 Aug 2019 20:20

Event Two Documentation

Event Two at the Royal College of Art took place between 12th and 17th July 2019 and was a great success. Every evening event was fully booked and day visitors numbered many hundreds. We are still sorting for through the documentation gathered at the event but have managed to sort through the first set of photographs. You can find around 350 in an album on Flickr. Additionally, there are pictures of the install, plus videos, 3D photographs and 360 panoramas on the Event Two web page.

An updated version of The CAS50 Collection is currently in production. This will contain information about the 24 artists in the collection, plus a selection of photographs from the various exhibitions, including Event Two, that have happened so far as part of the CAS50 programme.

You can pre-order the catalogue from Etsy

Tags: CAS, CAS50

Video Interviews

Posted: Wed, 17 Jul 2019 22:19

Video Interviews

At Event Two this week we officially launched our new series of video interviews conducted by David Upton. David visited artists, curators to discuss their interests in computer art and has produced a unique series, with many unique insights into how computer artists make their work, and curators contextualise it. The first videos are now live on YouTube and feature Andy Lomas, Bob Bicknell Knight, Ernest Edmonds, Fabio Lattanzi Antinori, Genetic Moo, George Mallen, Irini Papadimitriou, Jonathan Kearney, Julia Freeman, Keith Watson, Patrick Tresset and Paul Brown. A new series is currently in the planning stage.

https://computer-arts-society.com/video-interviews

Tags: Archive, CAS, CAS50

Stroud Cornock RIP

Posted: Sun, 03 Feb 2019 23:11

Stroud Cornock RIP

The Computer Arts Society is sad to report that Stroud Cornock - our long-term member and pioneer of the computational arts - died last weekend.

His funeral will be on Friday 22 February at 2:00 pm in London. If you would like to attend please contact Paul Brown for details.We are planning a memorial page for Stroud on the CAS website. If you would like to contribute please contact Sean Clark.

Stroud (right) in 2008 with CAS principal co-founder Alan Sutcliffe (left). Photo Catherine Mason.

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Event Two at the RCA

Posted: Mon, 28 Jan 2019 22:24

Event Two at the RCA

Event One (PDF) was the first computer art show staged by the Computer Arts Society. It took place at the Royal College of Art in April 1969. To mark the 50 year anniversary of this exhibition the Computer Arts Society, together with Flux Events, The Lumen Prize and EVA London is organising Event Two, to be held at the Royal College of Art in July 2019.

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CAS50 Exhibition Catalogue

Posted: Mon, 22 Oct 2018 23:41

CAS50 Exhibition Catalogue

The catalogue for the CAS50 exhibition is now available for order. The catalogue includes information about the artworks in the exhibition, together with pictures of the Leicester and Brighton showings.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/616573763/cas50-exhibition-catalogue

Now Available as a Free PDF Download

Tags: CAS, CAS50, Publication

Cybernetic Serendipity: The Computer and the Arts

Posted: Sun, 12 Aug 2018 17:14

Cybernetic Serendipity: The Computer and the Arts

In July 1968, a special issue of Studio International was published, Cybernetic Serendipity: The Computer and the Arts, which was realised in relation to the Cybernetic Serendipity exhibition held at London's Institute of Contemporary Art from August to October of the same year. The show drew attention to the inventive ways that artists, scientists and technology experts were working together to make computer-generated graphics, animations and music, as well as cybernetic machines and environments. The idea was that artistic forms could be, and were, spawned by technology. The exhibition was curated by Jasia Reichardt, in collaboration with Mark Dowson (technological adviser) and Peter Schmidt (musical adviser) and designed by Franciszka Themerson.

To mark the 50th anniversary of this pioneering publication and exhibition, Cybernetic Serendipity: The Computer and the Arts has been reprinted and is available to purchase.

http://studiointernational.com/index.php/cybernetic-serendipity-the-computer-and-the-arts

Tags: Publication

Writing New Codes: Cordeiro / Mallary / Molnár

Posted: Sun, 15 Jul 2018 19:02

Writing New Codes: Cordeiro / Mallary / Molnár

Writing New Codes is an exhibition of work by computer art pioneers Waldemar Cordeiro, Robert Mallary and Vera Molnár. It is currently at the Mayor Gallery in Cork St, London. The gallery has generously given us a PDF copy of the exhibition catalogue to add to our archive which can be found in the Exhibitions and Events section. The exhibition runs until 27th July 2018 so you only have a couple or weeks to see the works. It's well worth a visit (perhaps combine it with a visit to Chance and Control at the V&A?).

Tags: Exhibition

CAS50 Panel @ EVA'18 and Book Launch

Posted: Sat, 30 Jun 2018 20:36

CAS50 Panel @ EVA'18 and Book Launch

The annual EVA London conference takes place in London between 10th and 12th July at BCS headquarters in Covent Garden. There is a full speaker programme, plus a pre-conference day on Monday 9th and an education day on Friday 13th. On the evening of Tuesday 10th there will be a discussion panel celebrating 50 years of the Computer Arts Society.

The panel is free to attend and the evening will also include refreshments, information about the CAS50 programme and the London lunch of Francesca Franco's new book on the work of Ernest Edmonds.

If you would like to join us please register for FREE at:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eva-london-2018-monday-9th-thursday-12th-july-2018-tickets-42788276888#tickets

Tags: CAS50, Panel

CAS50 Exhibition in Leicester Opening

Posted: Tue, 29 May 2018 20:44

CAS50 Exhibition in Leicester Opening

The CAS50 year officially began on Wednesday 23rd May 2018 with the opening of the CAS50 Exhibition in Leicester.

Attendees of the launch were treated to an evening of talks by many of the artists involved in the exhibition, together with introductions by CAS co-founder George Mallen and current chair Nick Lambert.

As well as marking the start of the CAS50 year, the exhibition also announced the CAS50 Collection project. This aims to use the interest in CAS50 to help build a curated collection of high-quality computer artworks that we hope will become an important resource for people interested in computer art.

Pictures from the opening can be found here and panoramic images here. A video of the talks is available on our YouTube Channel.

Tags: CAS, CAS50

CAS50 Collection

Posted: Tue, 15 May 2018 13:13

CAS50 Collection

Next week will see the opening of the CAS50 exhibition in Leicester and mark the official launch of the CAS50 Collection. This is the start of a one-year programme that will see us create a unique collection of digital artworks that will help us celebrate 50 years of the computer arts society. We will be showing the collection at various locations over the coming year. Galleries and venues interested in taking part should get in touch with cas50@computer-arts-society.com.

Tags: CAS, CAS50

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