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Art at the Dawning of the Electronic Era
Generative Systems
Sonia Landy Sheridan, ed.

2014 • 104 pp. 101 illus. 8 1/2 x 10 1/2"
Digital Art / Contemporary Art / Art History

$29.95 Paperback, 978-0-615-88869-9

Eighteen Generative Systems artists share their experimental electronic images, made at the dawn of the electronic era

Something unusual and special happens when an artist uses a communication system that is intended for commercial business use. A copy machine, used to reproduce data, may become a paintbrush. A fax machine, used to transmit data, may become a sound instrument for manipulating images. And a computer intended for business can morph into a system for creative use. From the 1960s electronic communication machines moved into public places, such as libraries and post offices. Artists, and people in general, were provided with new imaging systems to explore and play with. In the decades since, electronic imaging processes have exploded in richness and complexity. Electronic, technological progress is leading, in turn, to new biologic systems and a new body of creative people, once again, using commercially intended systems in unintended ways. This book, however, focuses on the 1970s, and reveals how early electronic systems were capable of being used to produce imaginative images never intended by or expected from business communication systems, but the very purpose and raison d’être of the Generative Systems program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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“Sonia Sheridan broadened our vision to include 3M’s Color-in-Color use as a new art medium.”—Douglas Dybvig, 3M developer of the world’s first color copier

SONIA LANDY SHERIDAN is a professor emerita at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she established the pioneering program Generative Systems in 1970. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a three–time recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and honorary editor of Leonardo, the journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology. Her work appears in major museums worldwide. The 3M Company published her books Artist in the Science Lab and Energized Artscience, the latter for the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.

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