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COMPUTER ART AND HUMAN RESPONSE [Cybernetic Serendipity Exhibition]

COMPUTER ART AND HUMAN RESPONSE [Cybernetic Serendipity Exhibition]

SUMNER, Lloyd; SHANNON, Edgar F.

Charlottesville, Va.: Paul B. Victorius. 1968.

First Edition. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 Inches (23 x 16 cm). Offset printed. pp. [8], 7-96. 50 pages of black-and-white illustrations and 15 pages of color. Foxing to inner front board, light foxing in frontmatter and last page/page edges; foxing to inner back board; light must; covered in mylar but dj has tears, fading and clipped corner.

Jeremy Norman, the foremost bibliographer of the history of computer science, calls this book the "first monograph by a computer artist." Extremely scarce. Sumner was featured in the famous early exhibition of computer art, "Cybernetic Serendipity" at the ICA London in 1968. His art is endlessly inventive, but holds together aesthetically because of his procedure: "each drawing was preconceived and sketched out by hand. Then mathematical formulae or geometric pattern manipulations were found to represent the desired lines. These were then programmed into a computer language, punched onto cards, and read into the computer. The computer made the necessary calculations and translated the instructions from the programmer into instructions to be obeyed by the plotter." Includes exhibition inventory with prices (only copy I have seen with this).

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