Early Experiments in Digital Art

When I attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1979-1985), I dual-majored in Computer Science and Fine Art. Back then, artists barely knew what computers were, other than room-filling number-crunchers.

And indeed, our campus computer was a room-filling number-cruncher, and looked almost exactly like this1It had 64k of memory!:

I definitely did not fit in to the standard curriculum, and had to create a program for myself (with the help of a very forward-thinking arts professor.) I was also lucky enough to have one of the original Macs.

My graduation exhibition in June of 1985 consisted of photos I captured on a very low-resolution digital camera, digitally manipulated, printed on a dot-matrix printer, and then photographically enlarged into the final print.

I just came across the original prints from this exhibition, which I’ve apparently been hauling around for the last 30 years. Here they are, for all of your retro pleasure…

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    It had 64k of memory!

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