Hiroshi Kawano, the Beginnings of Computer-Generated Art


From Hiroshi Kawano. The Philosopher on the Computer which ran at Karlsruhe Project Space from September 24, 2011-January 08, 2012:

From the very beginning, computer art raised questions about issues of authorship and originality, which shook traditional notions of art. Is a programmer the artist? Or is it the computer that has to be named as the artist? What logic does artistic creation follow in computer-generated art? Already in the 1960s, Hiroshi Kawano from Japan recognized that computer technology and the scientific models associated with it encourage a questioning of the basic principles of aesthetics. He was neither an artist who discovered the computer as a new means of production and theme, nor an engineer who found his way to art via the new machine. Kawano is a philosopher who left the desk to experiment in the computing centre with theoretical models dealing with the logics of artistic production. ZKM is now offering the first retrospective devoted to his works.


Japanese philosopher Hiroshi Kawano (* 1925) is among the world’s most important pioneers in capturing computer technology for the arts. The exhibition in the ZKM | Media Museum comprises numerous works and documents that have not yet been presented outside of Japan. They draw from the wealth of the Hiroshi Kawano archives, which have been at ZKM since early 2010. The retrospective emphasizes Kawano’s special role within the circle of pioneers in computer art.

Read more here and visit the Hiroshi Kawano archive here.

Join 4,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

Learn “How Computers Work” with Bill Gates, Ladyada and more – From Code.org !

CircuitPython in 2018 – Python on Microcontrollers is here!

Have an amazing project to share? Join the SHOW-AND-TELL every Wednesday night at 7:30pm ET on Google+ Hangouts.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more https://www.instagram.com/adafruit/

Maker Business — Prototyping PCBs with Particle, a guide from a pro in the field #makerbusiness

Wearables — Learn about stretch

Electronics — Even lower power!

Biohacking — Nectome’s Brain Preservation and Backup Service Plan

Python for Microcontrollers — Scott ([email protected]) on the Amp Hour podcast!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !

No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.