Thinking Machines – feat. Beryl Korot, Zabet Patterson, Tamiko Thiel | MoMA Live

“Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959–1989” explores the postwar rise of advanced mainframe technologies, and how artists have been at the vanguard of using computing to develop new forms and reinvent traditional modes of artistic production. Join us for a conversation about the connections between art making and computing since the 1960s, with a focus on women artists and designers.

Participants include artist Beryl Korot, whose innovative video installation “Text and Commentary” (1976–77) draws together artistic practices ranging from weaving to computing; Zabet Patterson, Associate Professor, Art History and Criticism, Stony Brook University, and author of Peripheral Vision: Bell Labs, the S-C 4020, and the Origins of Computer Art (MIT Press, 2015), a material and technological history of art and science at Bell Labs; and artist Tamiko Thiel, lead designer of the CM-2 Supercomputer (1987), a commercially produced device that marked a significant advance in the history of data processing. The conversation will be moderated by MoMA exhibition organizers Sean Anderson, Associate Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, and Giampaolo Bianconi, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance Art. Learn more: http://mo.ma/2yBVrV0

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The comments and opinions expressed in this video are those of the speaker alone, and do not represent the views of The Museum of Modern Art, its personnel, or any artist. 

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