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"The Expanding Medium: The Future of Computer Art" by Herbert W. Franke


Herbert Franke (1927, de): Lichtformen, 1953-55

"The use of computers in art leads to a compatibility of the instrumentarium - to a closer link between the different art forms which, owing to the different classical methods and instruments, have been separated and taught in different institutions. It is one of the decisive aspects of the new situation brought about by the introduction of the computer that there is no longer a reason for dividing art into different forms, be they classical or modern."


In this 1987 text, originally published in Leonardo, scientist and artist Herbert Franke optimistically envisions the potential significance of computer art on perspective and interdisciplinary practice.

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Not Joan Collins Nov. 11 2008 18:15Reply

So much for a critique of instrumental reason.

Not Joan Collins Nov. 11 2008 19:58Reply

If some people in some societies have some access to some new technologies to remove some boundaries between some forms, or to make it somewhat easier to collocate them, it doesn't necessarily follow that "there is no longer a reason for dividing art into different forms, be they classical or modern."

Now, I couldn't tell you what reasons there are for dividing art into forms (assuming that there is a larger blob in the beginning called "art" being cut up into smaller blobs called "forms"), but I could tell you that instrument is neither necessary nor sufficient to define form, such that if you liberate the one you thereby liberate the other.