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CAS Talk: NFTs: Smoke and Mirrors or The Future of Digital Art?

Posted: Tue, 13 Apr 2021 17:00

CAS Talk: NFTs: Smoke and Mirrors or The Future of Digital Art?

You can't have missed all of the chat about NFTs. Smoke and mirrors? Planet killing technology? Genuine opportunity for digital artists? The Computer Arts Society will be entering the debate in the first of its new season of online talks.

The panellists will be:

  • Nick Lambert, Chair, The Computer Arts Society
  • Fabrizio Poltronieri, Artist and Researcher
  • Alex May, Artist
  • Sean Clark, Artist and Researcher
  • Irini Papadimitriou, Creative Director, Future Everything

Each panellist will give a short introduction then there will be a discussion.

The session will stream on Zoom and the CAS YouTube Channel at:

Lumen Prize Awards Ceremony 2020

Posted: Mon, 26 Oct 2020 23:18

Lumen Prize Awards Ceremony 2020

Join us at the 9th Annual Lumen Prize Awards Ceremony on 28/10 at 18:30 GMT.

This year, for the first time, Lumen will be presenting its winners via YouTube Premiere. Lumen's partners, judges and all the winning artists - and their winning works - will be featured in the hour-long programme, hosted by the Lumen Team. Register so that you can join us on the night!

Use this link for your free ticket:

Diversifying Art and Design Practices in an Age of Uncertainty

Posted: Thu, 25 Jun 2020 11:53

Diversifying Art and Design Practices in an Age of Uncertainty

Video now available:

This panel explores alternative ways of discovering physical and digital making in the time of Covid19


HEIs, Art and Design students, academic staff members and Creative Industries around the globe require additional support through this difficult period. This discussion will exchange ideas and consider innovative art and design pedagogic practices. It will explore alternative ways of discovering physical making and will debate digital making in our current landscape through innovative or less innovative creative methods during the COVID-19; and will inform the diverse and creative societies how our inclusive practices could produce graduates with extensive discipline knowledge and portfolios of high-quality standards.

Panel Chair: Dr Anastasios Maragiannis | Diversity Inclusivity Design, University of Greenwich

Panel Members:

Prof Gillian Youngs | Digital Art Economies
Dr Stacey Pitsillides | Senior Fellow Digital Death, Northumbria University
Prof Gloria Kondrup | Director Art Centre College of Design California
Simon Herron | Architecture | School of Design University of Greenwich

Computer Arts Archive is Coming!

Posted: Sun, 09 Feb 2020 17:55

Computer Arts Archive is Coming!

Initiated by the Computer Arts Society and Interact Digital Arts and based at the LCB Depot in Leicester, the archive will hold the CAS50 Collection and collect and catalogue other collections from our partners and individuals. The project will now officially launch in November 2020, later than originally planned, due to the COVID-19 situation. Follow the Computer Arts Archive Facebook Page to keep up-to-date with development and visit our website for information on how to support the project.

In The Dark 2020 - Pictures and Videos

Posted: Sun, 19 Jan 2020 19:37

In The Dark 2020 - Pictures and Videos

We've now uploaded a collection of pictures and videos from the In The Dark 2020 exhibition organised by Genetic Moo and The London Group with the Computer Arts Society and Art in Flux and held at the Cello Factory between 8th and 11th January. The pictures can be found on Flickr at:

and the videos at:

Additional documentation will undoubtedly appear soon on the websites of others involved in the exhibition.

Exhibition Archive 2010-2019

Posted: Thu, 02 Jan 2020 22:49

Exhibition Archive 2010-2019

As we enter a new decade, it's interesting to reflect on the previous one. Here are details over 20 computer art exhibitions involving CAS members or associates. Expect to see more documentation of them as part of the new Computer Arts Archive project.

Exhibitions and Events

CAS Leicester Talks - Videos

Posted: Wed, 01 Jan 2020 19:41

CAS Leicester Talks - Videos

Between 2012 and 2017 the Computer Arts Society supported a series of talks in Leicester by computer artists and creative practitioners, including Ernest Edmonds (pictured), Paul Brown and Nick Lambert. Videos of all of the talks (23 in total) have now been uploaded to YouTube and can be viewed on the following playlist:

George Mallen - President Emeritus of CAS

Posted: Wed, 18 Dec 2019 22:01

George Mallen - President Emeritus of CAS

Last night at the new BCS London headquarters in Moorgate we introduced the new artworks on display from the CAS50 Collection. We now have around 80% of the current works in the collection on the walls at the BCS. The new additions include works by Stephen Scrivener, Desmond Henry, Ernest Edmonds, Alex May, Brian Reffin Smith and Peter Beyls. This will now remain on show until the end of March when a new exhibition will be installed. Details to follow nearer the time.

The highlight of the evening was the naming of George Mallen - one of the original three founders of CAS in 1968 - as President Emeritus. The current CAS chair, Nick Lambert, presented George with a certificate and he seemed genuinely chuffed with the award! In the photograph above, George (centre) is flanked by his wife Sarah Mullen (left) and Nick Lambert (right). Additional photographs from the night, taken by Paul Brown, can be found on Flickr here.

Peter Hardie RIP

Posted: Mon, 07 Oct 2019 14:48

Peter Hardie RIP

We are very sad to note the passing of Peter Hardie, artist, educator and CAS member. Friend and fellow artist Stephen Bell reflects on Peter's life and work in this obituary:

Peter Fraser Hardie was born in Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne in 1945 and died at home in Wareham on Sunday 22nd September 2019. He had been seriously ill for several years but he was able to enjoy the company of his family and said that his garden had been wonderful when I spoke with him on the phone at the start of summer.

Peter graduated from Portsmouth College of art with a DipAD in Sculpture in 1967 and with a Postgraduate Diploma in Design from Hornsey College of Art in 1968.

From 1968-79 he was a lecturer in 3D Art and design (CAD) at Northern Ireland Polytechnic, showing his work in the exhibitions in Polyhedral Forms and Ulster faces by Ulster Artists in Belfast in 1970 and 1973-74 respectively. In 1980 Peter joined the Design Department at Teesside Polytechnic where he was a Senior Lecturer in Interior Design (CAD) until 1987. Those years included in 1984 an exhibition, Computer Images at Middlesborough Art Gallery and a television screening on the making of the title sequence for The Works TV arts program. It was at Teesside that he and Peter Comninos began working together.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Peter Hardie and Peter Comninos became a classic example of the creative power of artist and scientist partnerships which would now be called sci-art. Recognised in computer graphics circles as the two Peters, they demonstrated how the knowledge and skills of their separate disciplines could be brought together. Peter H's CAD experience and ability to use the animation scripting language of Peter C's Computer Graphics Animation Language, CGAL, showed other artists that they might use code to make art at a time when such ideas were still considered revolutionary and what they learnt led to the formulation of a special environment at the National Centre for Computer Animation which has nurtured graduates with scientific and artistic skills ever since and led to Bournemouth being recognised internationally as a significant world player in computer animation education and research.

A typical example of the creative combination of art and technology were the series of entertainment simulator rides produced by Peter through The Cupboard production company (named after the modest accommodation they occupied). From 1993-99 these productions pioneered CGI entertainment rides with a storyline rather than simple thrills. The content of Planet Juro, Lair of the Dragon, Mission on Mars, Mars Mayhem and Alien Worlds reflected Peter's enthusiasm for science fiction and fantasy stories. The rides were screened around the world with Mission on Mars shown in the US Astronaut Hall of Fame in Florida. In contrast to the high tech of the rides Peter favoured hardback copies of the books that he loved so he could read new stories as soon as they were published.

With the turn of the century Peter began to focus again on his personal art practice, using high quality CGI techniques to produce animations and prints that explored natural phenomena of light on water, inspired by artists such as Monet and Bridget Riley, the works, which were exhibited nationally and internationally, including at Siggraph Art Shows in the USA (2004, 2006, 2007), Glastonbury Festival (2009) and ISEA Istanbul (2011). They "… explore the area between realism, exploring the tools now available in a 3D computer animation system for these purposes, and abstraction, looking at the aspects of colour, form, and movement." Peter wrote of the animation and stills of Falling Water, "The focus is on the interaction of the water movement and pattern and the light and dark of the scene. … evolving from the initial reactive studies of the falls to developing the structure of the image, the vertical line, the black and white, the textural variations, and the strong abstract statements the images are beginning to make." Peter continued to explore his sensitive lyrical response to nature's subtle, slow changes in his work, including the movement of leaves and tree branches by the breeze. In recent years he had been focusing on a single tree in Wareham Forest near his home.

Peter Hardie's website and his animations ( say more about Peter's art than I can put into words.

I first got to know Peter when the character of the NCCA was initially being established. As fine artists using computer graphics Peter and I were able to work together to put the case for the art side of the combination of art & science that was being explored and it is as a fellow artist that I will remember him most. I fondly remember relaxing interludes in the working day, sitting outside with Peter discussing art or science fiction and fantasy. Often while watching him play chess with a disarming zen-like ingenuity. Peter often came on these occasions from a game of squash sometimes with an exhausted opponent who reported that they had been rushing around the court while Peter made minimal but effective moves.

As a colleague and friend, Peter's laid-back personality provided calm amidst the storms that life seems to throw in our way. He was, as his name suggests, a rock. Beneath that calm personality, there was a firm resolve to get things done.

His constructive critical observations about students and fellow artists work were perceptive and insightful. On the Masters courses, he ran from 1989 until 2007 and with the Visual Research Group, Peter's leadership was subtle and effective, not strident or forceful - encapsulated in the institution of "pizza meetings" where the team could all both relax and discuss challenging issues. This approach to management also came through when making entertainment rides or running other consultancy projects.

It was a real privilege to have worked alongside Peter for so many years and to consider him a friend. I, and I am sure many others, will miss the way that spending just a little time with him could make the day pass more easily.

His art displays a sensitivity to nature and computer graphics which will be a lasting reminder of his lively mind and very particular view of existence.

He is survived by his wife Joyce, children Jane, Jess and Jake and granddaughters Millie, Tabitha and Jade.

The photograph shows Peter talking with colleague Dr Valery Adzhiev at the opening of the Light on Water exhibition.


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Event Two @ The V&A

Posted: Sun, 22 Sep 2019 19:34

Event Two @ The V&A

The Computer Arts Society was invited to participate in this year's V&A Digital Design Weekend. Together with Art in Flux, we showed work from the Event Two exhibition that we held earlier in the year. The CAS50 Collection contribution featured original 2D works by Alex May, Stephen Bell, William Latham, Stephen Scrivener and DP Henry. We also included generative artworks by Sean Clark, Ernest Edmonds and Paul Brown in a video showreel. To see pictures from the event follow the link below. We hope to do more 'pop-up' events like this in the future.

Event Two Documentation

Posted: Sun, 04 Aug 2019 20:20

Event Two Documentation

Event Two at the Royal College of Art took place between 12th and 17th July 2019 and was a great success. Every evening event was fully booked and day visitors numbered many hundreds. We are still sorting for through the documentation gathered at the event but have managed to sort through the first set of photographs. You can find around 350 in an album on Flickr. Additionally, there are pictures of the install, plus videos, 3D photographs and 360 panoramas on the Event Two web page.

An updated version of The CAS50 Collection is currently in production. This will contain information about the 24 artists in the collection, plus a selection of photographs from the various exhibitions, including Event Two, that have happened so far as part of the CAS50 programme.

You can pre-order the catalogue from Etsy

Video Interviews

Posted: Wed, 17 Jul 2019 22:19

Video Interviews

At Event Two this week we officially launched our new series of video interviews conducted by David Upton. David visited artists, curators to discuss their interests in computer art and has produced a unique series, with many unique insights into how computer artists make their work, and curators contextualise it. The first videos are now live on YouTube and feature Andy Lomas, Bob Bicknell Knight, Ernest Edmonds, Fabio Lattanzi Antinori, Genetic Moo, George Mallen, Irini Papadimitriou, Jonathan Kearney, Julia Freeman, Keith Watson, Patrick Tresset and Paul Brown. A new series is currently in the planning stage.

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