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, CAS supported a number of events and activities in 2018 and 2019. This included the creation of a celebratory CAS50 Collection and exhibition, multiple symposia, live events and a conference panel. We also undertook a major revamp of our website, adding new archival and contemporary computer art materials.

The greatly expanded 2019 CAS50 Catalogue with documentation of Event Two is now available for pre-order. A number of the original 2018 CAS50 Catalogues are still available to buy and it can be downloaded as a PDF.

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.

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.

Friday 14th - 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, Andy Lomas and Roger Saunders.

Thursday 13th 2018 6pm - 9pm
CAS50 Exhibition Brighton Opening
Phoenix, Brighton, BN2 9NB

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.

Thursday 17th - Saturday 19th January 2019
In the Dark
The Cello Factory, London
Event curated by Genetic Moo in collaboration with the London Group.

Friday 12th July - Wednesday 17th July 2019
Event Two
Royal College of Art, London
In 1969 the Computer Arts Society organised an event at Royal College Art entitled Event One. It was a pioneering exhibition that brought together many early practitioners in the field of computer and digital arts. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this show, we are helping to organise Event Two at the same venue. Event Two will consist of a full exhibition of the CAS50 Collection - now up to over 30 works by 24 artists - together with an exhibition of work by artists associated with the FLUX Events in London, plus live events and discussion panels from the Computer Arts Society and the Lumen Projects.

Monday 22nd July - Wednesday 7th August 2019
CAS50 Phase 2 Exhibition Leicester
LCB Depot, Leicester, LE1 1RE
Featuring artwork by Damien Borowik, Anna Dumitriu, Genetic Moo, Gibson/Martelli, Alex May, Gordana Novaković, Fabrizio Poltronieri, Esther Rolinson, Roger Saunders, Brian Reffin Smith, Jack Tait and Patrick Tresset.