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Events 06 | 2010

Sun 13 June 2010
Hiroshi Kawano – Seeking for
the Real Meaning of Computer Art

Lecture by Hiroshi Kawano
Panel discussion on computer art afterwards
in German and English language
in the ZKM_Cube, 4 p.m., free admission

Information auf Deutsch

Participants of the panel discussion:

Yoshiyuki Abe
[*1947, Gunna, Japan] studied Photographic Engineering at Chiba University, Japan. From 1972 to 1982 he worked as an assistant director for various feature films and produced his own short films. In 1981 he turned to the production of images and movies by using digital computer technology. His work has won him numerous awards, including the Prix Ars Electronica, Eurographics, and Pixxelpoint. Since 2003, among others he carried out research on the early years of computer-generated art.

Gilles Gheerbrant
[* 1946] studied economics and communication in Paris. In 1969 he moved to Canada. In 1971 he formed the Cybernetic Graphics and Animation Group (CYGRA), together with Serge Poulard, Maxime Renard, and Claude Schneegans. In 1972 he founded Éditions Gilles Gheerbrant and published "Ars ex machina," the first edition of original silk-screens of computer-generated images. In 1973 he opened the Gallery Gilles Gheerbrant.

Hiroshi Kawano
[* 1925, Fushun, China] In 1935 his family returned to Japan. Kawano studied philosophy and philosophy of science at the University of Tokyo. Kawano began teaching from 1955 onwards, he at various colleges and universities, including the University of Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan College of Air Technology, Tokyo Metropolitan College of Technology, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Technology, Nagano University, Tohoku University of Art and Design, Tama Art University and Nihon University. His interest in semiotics led him to the writings of Max Bense and "information aesthetics" in the early 1960s. In September 1964 he published his first computer-generated images, followed by experiments in the field of computer-generated literature and, in the 1970s, with computer-generated music.

Siegfried Maser
[* 1938, Stuttgart, Germany] studied philosophy, mathematics and physics at the Technical University of Stuttgart and the University of Tübingen. In 1965, he received his PhD under Max Bense for his thesis entitled "Die ontologischen Grundlagen und ihre Folgen im Werk von Gottlob Frege" [The Ontological Foundations and Its Consequences in the Work of Gottlob Frege], going on to gain his professorship in 1968 at the University of Stuttgart with his thesis entitled "Numerische Ästhetik" "[Numerical Aesthetics]. Since 1969, he has taught at numerous universities including the University of Stuttgart, Institute for Environmental Planning in Ulm, State Academy of Fine Arts in Braunschweig and the Bergische Universität Comprehensive University Wuppertal. His teaching covers the fields of semiotics, information theory and communication theory, cybernetics, systems research and planning theory, as well as design theory.

Frieder Nake
[* 1938, Stuttgart] studied mathematics at the Technical University [since 1967, University of Stuttgart], where he received his PhD on probability theory in 1967. In 1963, he created his first computer-generated drawings using the Zuse Graphomat Z64 at the Computing Centre of the Technical University of Stuttgart. Between 1968 and 1969 he conducted research in the field of computer art at the University of Toronto on the invitation of Leslie Mezei. From 1970 to 1972 he was Assistant Professor at the Computer Science Department of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Since 1972, Nake has been Professor of Computer Graphics and Interactive Systems at the University of Bremen. Since 2005, he has been Visiting Professor and Lecturer in Digital Media at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. He is founder and Director of compArt - Centre of Excellence of Digital Art at the University of Bremen.

Elisabeth Walther-Bense
[* 1922, Oberweissbach/Thuringia] studied philosophy, German and Romance languages, physics and mathematics at the universities of Jena, Mainz and at the Technical University in Stuttgart. In 1950, she graduated under Max Bense with her thesis entitled "Die Rolle der Logik von Port-Royal in der Frühgeschichte der exakten Wissenschaften" [The Role of the Logic of Port-Royal in the early history of The Exact Sciences]. She taught from 1956 to 1983 at the Technical University [since 1967, University of Stuttgart], as well as at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Ulm [College of Design Ulm] (HfG Ulm) and the Escola Superior de Desenho Industrial in Rio de Janeiro. She was editor of the magazine "augenblick" (1955-1960), co-editor of the series of "rot" (1960-90) and the international journal of semiotics and aesthetics "Semiosis" (1976-1990). Since 1990, she has been sole editor of "rot" and "Semiosis."

Hiroshi Kawano, Artificial Mondrian, 1966
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