Ben Laposky

I visited the V&A exhibition Decode: Digital Design Sensations. It was a lot of fun of the waving your hands in the air variety. The V&A is running a series of Digital Art events and another show tucked way upstairs in an empty gallery displayed the work of several pioneers in Digital Art (or New Media, or Computer or Process Art as it was variously called back then). There were some fascinating prints by Harold Cohen, and early Paul Browns, and even one by James Faure Walker. But my favourite were the simple pleasures offered by Ben Laposky’s Oscillons. Described as one of the forefathers of computer generated art, he took long exposure photographs capturing the fluctuating electrical signal from an oscilloscope.

Here’s one, Oscillon 40 from 1952


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