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Three digital arts pioneers from around world will lead a free masterclass at Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre in Leicester on Monday 19th November at 6.30pm.
The masterclass will focus on the relationship between computer programming, art and creativity, and is open to artists, students and anyone interested in learning more about the history and practice of digital art. The masterclass with by chaired by Dr Francesca Franco, and the artists are Ernest Edmonds, Frieder Nake and Roman Verostko.
Digital art includes a wide range of artistic practices that use digital technology as an essential part of the creative or presentation process. Funded by Arts Council England, and supported by DMU, Phoenix is at the heart of a thriving digital art community in Leicester.
The masterclass is organised by DMU in partnership with Phoenix. It is free, but booking at the Phoenix box office on 0116 242 2800 is advised. The event is part of a wider programme of digital art exhibitions, events and workshops taking place at Phoenix this November and beyond. Full details are available at www.phoenix.org.uk
About the artists
Ernest Edmonds is head of the Institute of Creative Technologies at DMU in Leicester. His art is in the constructivist tradition and he first used computers in his art practice in 1968. ‘Light Logic’, a solo exhibition of Ernest’s work, is at Site Gallery in Sheffield until 2nd February 2013.
Frieder Nake is a mathmatician, computer scientist and pioneer of computer art. He has been a professor of computer science art at the University of Bremen, Germany, since 1972 and also teaches at the University of Arts in Bremen. His teaching and research activities are in computer graphics, digital media, computer art, design of interactive systems, computational semiotics, and general theory of computing.
Roman Verostko lives and works in Minneapolis, USA, where he has developed original algorithmic procedures for creating his art. Active as an exhibiting artist since 1963, his earliest use of electronics consisted of synchronized audio-visual programs. He began experimenting with code and exhibited his first coded art programs in the early 1980s. In 1987, he modified his software with interactive routines to drive paint brushes mounted on a pen plotter’s drawing arm.
Dr Francesca Franco is a researcher specialised in history of art and technology. She is Research Fellow at the Institute of Creative Technologies, De Montfort University, Leicester, where she is studying the Ernest Edmonds Archive of computational art material held at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Phoenix is a multi-screen cinema, digital art gallery and café bar in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter. Phoenix is a registered charity which aims to bring inspirational film and art to all. More information is at www.phoenix.org.uk