[spectre] Barbara Nessim - CAS September Meeting

Paul Brown paul at paul-brown.com
Tue Aug 4 14:43:56 CEST 2009

The BCS CAS SG is pleased to announce that our Autumn Programme
will launch with a presentation by the internationally-renowned
artist and illustrator Barbara Nessim.  Barbara is visiting the UK
briefly and we are lucky to have this opportunity to hear her
speak and to see her work. This talk is free and members of the
public are welcome to attend.

Wednesday 2 September 2009
6:30 for 7:00pm
Birbeck College, Centre for Film and Visual Media
43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD
Nearest tubes - Euston Square, Warren Street & Russell Square
Map: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps/interactive

Barbara Nessim

"My introduction to the computer began when Peter Spackman, the
then Director of the Council of the Arts at Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, invited me to present my work to the
students at The Visible Language Workshop, a new MIT graduate
program. In turn, the students would teach me how to use the
computer to create my work. I was both excited by the challenge
and skeptical as to how a computer could be used to create art.
This was 1980, before the Mac and the IBM PC. I already had 20
years experience as a fine artist and illustrator. This talk
takes us through the years before and after the introduction of
the computer, as an added artistic "super" tool. It covers the
early computers from 1981 to the present, as well as detailing
the many creative ways the art developed into hardcopy. I will
also discuss the ideas central to my fine art exhibitions as well
as reveal the anatomy and concept behind my published

Internationally-renowned artist, illustrator and educator Barbara
Nessim has been a visionary in the art world for decades.
Original in her creativity, she has an extensive resume of
accomplishments, and a portfolio of work that’s been showcased in
prominent museums, galleries and private collections worldwide.
Educated at Pratt Institute in New York, Barbara was quickly
recognized for her distinctive style, and became one of the first
female freelance illustrators of her time. In 1980, she embraced
the use of the computer in her fine art and illustration, a topic
upon which she has frequently lectured. Barbara has also taught
at the School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute and Parsons The New
School for Design, where she served as Chairperson of
Illustration. Today Barbara’s focus is on several commissions for
buildings in New York City.


CAS Autumn Programme:
Wed 02 Sep - Barbara Nessim
Wed 14 Oct - Roman Versotko - note second Wednesday
Wed 04 Nov - unconfimed
Wed 02 Dec - Iris Asaf

CAS - supporting the computer arts for over 40 years
The BCS CAS SG is a British Computer Society Specialist Group


Paul Brown - based in the UK July - Sept 2009
mailto:paul at paul-brown.com == http://www.paul-brown.com
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Visiting Professor - Sussex University

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