Department of Informatics


Workshop: A Media Archaeology of Vector Graphics

Friday 19 October 11:00 until 13:00
Digital Humanities Lab - Silverstone Building (Second Floor)
Speaker: Derek Holzer
Part of the series: Sussex Humanities Lab Digital Methods Open Workshop Series

The development of any kind of technology combines utopian and dystopian tendencies, and nowhere is that more true than in the development of computer vector graphics. Taking the activation of the AN/FSQ-7 computers at the heart of the SAGE (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment) defence stations in the United States in 1958 as its starting point, this talk explores the military/scientific legacy at the heart of modern computing and attempts by artists of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s to decouple these tools from their destructive origins. Following this, I would like to invite participants to speculate within workgroups on the nature of contemporary techno-scientific developments such as Virtual or Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, location-aware devices and so on, in light of their obvious and not so obvious utopian/dystopian qualities.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 16 October 2018