[spectre] White Heat Cold Logic

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Dec 13 13:45:56 CET 2011

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White Heat Cold Logic: The history of British Computer Art from 1960 - 1980.

Review by Rob Myers.

This necessary publication Revisits art at a time when access to 
computers was limited and their potential was only just starting to be 
realised. Brought to life in a collection of memoirs and essays gathered 
by Paul Brown, Charlie Gere, Nicholas Lambert, and Catherine Mason. What 
was previously the secret history or parallel universe of art computing 
can now be seen in context alongside the other avant-garde art movements 
of the mid-late 20th century. I cannot over-emphasise the service that 
CACHe has done the art computing community and the arts more generally 
by providing this much needed reappraisal of early arts computing in the 

This is the third and last by Rob Myers, in a series of articles 
reviewing publications by the CACHe project, an archive of pioneering 
British computer art. Rob's first review was of the V&A's show and book 
"Digital Pioneers", the second was of Catherine Mason's "A Computer In 
The Art Room". Where "A Computer In The Art Room" concentrated on the 
history of art computing in British educational institutions up to 1980, 
"White Heat Cold Logic" gives voice to the individuals who made art 
using computers in that period more generally.



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