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Thesis Info

LABS ID
00014
Title
A Critical Examination of “Computer Art”:Its History and Application
Author
Nicholas Lambert
2nd Author
NULL
3rd Author
NULL
Degree
DPhil
Year
2003
Number of Pages
301
University
Oxford University
Thesis Supervisor
Professor Martin Kemp
Supervisor e-mail
NULL
Other Supervisor(s)
NULL
Language(s) of Thesis
English
Department / Discipline
History of Art
Languages Familiar to Author
English, French
URL where full thesis can be found
Pending
Keywords
Computer Art, history, theories, development, techniques, artists,
Abstract: 200-400 words
This thesis proposes that art created through the agency of a computer may be termed “Computer Art”, in which the computer operates simultaneously as medium, tool and context, in addition to its organisational and interactive elements. The image-space described using software frees artists from the restrictions of physical media by providing a dynamic non-material environment, whose potentials may be realised in the resulting artwork. Because the computer provides the image-space and the tools for image-making, it can be seen as a platform for art in the same way it has become a platform for architecture, music and design. The digital basis of computer artwork raises questions about the uniqueness of an “original” in this branch of visual art. Similarly, the dynamic nature of this medium makes it difficult to realise the artwork as a purely physical, static object, and its lack of permanence challenges accepted ideas of the preservation and propagation of art. Computer Art is presented as a series of technological, artistic and theoretical developments that, taken together, comprise this new field of visual art.