Event Two

Royal College of Art

Lumen is proud to be partnering with the Royal College of Art, the Computer Arts Society, the academic conference EVA London, Interact Digital Arts, the London-based FLUX Events and the V&A on an ambitious new exhibition of art created with technology called Event Two. Details and how to book are below.

12TH – 17TH JULY 2019


Event Two at the Royal College of Art is an exhibition of historical and contemporary digital art and a programme of events marking the 50th anniversary of the landmark Computer Arts Society Event One exhibition at the college in 1969.

The exhibition includes work from The CAS50 Collection of computer art dating from the 1960s to the present day, together with contemporary media art curated by artist platform FLUX Events, London’s pre-eminent forum for media artists. We are thrilled that 10 Lumen Prize Finalists and Winners are featured in the CAS50 Collection and a further 4 are participating in the FLUX Events exhibition. The FLUX exhibition will include a video programme, a selection of sound artworks and the launch of a new collection of video interviews with digital artists. Event Two will be complemented by a series of talks, including a Lumen Art Lecture and an artist talk entitled Invasive Media, hosted by FLUX Events. There will also be a discussion evening hosted by the Computer Arts Society, featuring artists in the exhibition and computer art historians. These events will bring together a diverse range of practitioners to explore the dynamic relation of technology and creative practice with computers across the later 20th and early 21st centuries.

Event Two has been organised through a newly emergent network connecting the RCA, CAS, Lumen Art Projects and FLUX Events, as well as research collaborations with the Electronic Visualisation and the Arts conference in London and Leicester-based arts organisation Interact Digital Arts. The exhibition and related events reflect upon the fifty years since Event One surveying the impact and legacies of early computer art, and engaging critical questions on the historical evolution of technology and creative practices with computation.

The CAS50 Collection was established in 2018 to help celebrate 50 years since the founding of the Computer Arts Society and now features more than 40 works by 25 artists. It is currently focussed on 2D work and includes algorithmic images, computer drawings, computer printouts and digital prints spanning over fifty years, with the earliest work in the collection being produced in the 1960s. The collection will also present new multimedia acquisitions – including historic and contemporary sound art and a collection of video interviews with key artists.

Lumen finalists and winners included in the collection are: Andy Lomas (Gold Award, 2014) Paul Brown (Finalist, 2016) Damien Borowik (Finalist 2017) BoredomResearch (Winner, Moving Image 2017) Sean Clark and Esther Rollinson (Winner, 3D/Sculpture, 2017) Genetic Moo (Winner, Founder’s Award, 2013) Gibson/Martelli (Gold Award, 2015) Patrick Tresset (Bronze Award, 2013)

The FLUX Events selection, ART IN FLUX, features an array of creative practices including computation, digital media and new technologies such as VR, AI, EEG technologies, real-time data visualisation and live body-mapping. FLUX Events will feature some of the most radical new media artists working today, with the themes covered including data and privacy, well-being, ecology, misogyny, complex systems and and biology, bringing into focus historical questions on the developments of technology and computer art, and some of the themes in The CAS50 Collection and Event One.

Lumen artists in this exhibition are Rachel Ara (Finalist, 2016) Cecilie Falkenstrom (Winner, A.I. Award, 2017) Andy Lomas (Gold Award, 2014) and William Latham (Finalist 2016)

Event Two will be an unmissable opportunity to see historic and contemporary digital and computer art and to consider the evolution of the medium in the fifty years that have passed since Event One.

The name comes from the very first computer art show staged by the Computer Arts Society in April 1969, which was called Event One, and was held at London’s Royal College of Art. In recognition of the 50 years since that pioneering show, the partners will be curating work from their member artists in a group show that will use the RCA’s generous gallery spaces.


Friday 12th July 2019
6pm – 9pm Preview Night for EVA attendees.
Organised by the EVA Conference.

Saturday 13th July 2019
10am – 5pm Exhibition is open to the Public. Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London.

Monday 15th July 2019
10am – 5pm Open to the Public.
6:30pm – 9pm FLUX Events Evening. Invasive Media Talk. Book on Eventbrite.

Tuesday 16th July 2019
10am – 5pm Open to the Public.
6:30pm – 9pm CAS Evening (Official Launch).
Sponsored by Interact Digital Arts. Book on Eventbrite.

Wednesday 17th July 2019
10am – 5pm Open to the Public.
6:00pm – 9pm Lumen Art Projects Evening. Artists in the Machine with Alex Mordvintsev. Plus, the announcement of the 2019 Lumen Prize Longlist. Book on Eventbrite.

The CAS50 exhibition is being supported by Arts Council England.



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