Pioneers and Prizes

By Carla Rapoport April 29, 2015

Mark your diaries – May 12 – 16th is a big few days for Digital Art in London. Both Lumen and  Watermans, one of London’s premiere arts centres, are staging a week of exhibitions, seminars and workshops on digital art, including art that makes itself, creatively coded and performance art by both digital pioneers and the latest Lumen Prize winners.

Lumen’s Founder & Director, Carla Rapoport, a former Financial Times correspondent and editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit, says:  “Digital Art is where photography was 40 years ago – an art form with incredible potential. These two shows will take your break away – and experiencing them will give you a glimpse into the future of contemporary art.”

“Computer Art is older than artist’s acrylic paint,” notes Paul Brown, whose work is the centerpiece of the Watermans show, Brown & Son, alongside his son Daniel’s works. “It’s good to see that the digital arts are finally getting some recognition within the mainstream art world.”

Brown & Son is at Watermans Arts Centre until May 31st and includes a Seminar on Art that Makes Itself on May 16th featuring Frieder Nake, computer art pioneer; Margaret Boden, Professor of Cognitive Science Sussex University; Douglas Dodds, Senior Curator at Victoria & Albert Museum; Nick Lambert, CAS chair and Lecturer in digital art and culture; Nico Macdonald, writer on design and innovation; artist and computer art pioneer Ernest Edmonds. Tickets can be purchased using this link.

The Lumen Prize Exhibition for digital art opens in The Crypt Gallery, London on May 14th and runs to May 21st. It will hold a Seminar on Digital Art featuring Douglas Dodds, Senior Curator, the V&A and Lumen Jury Panel member plus Academics, Curators & Lumen Prize artists.

Other events include:

A Basic Introduction to Generative and Code Art

Led by Paul Brown at Watermans 
Tuesday 12 May. 11-4pm

Free, booking required (max 10 participants, 17+ yrs)

Creative Coding Workshops for Children, led by Genetic Moo

Saturday, May 16th Ages 8-14, The Crypt Gallery. Enjoy the Lumen Prize Exhibition while your children learn to make interactive art.

Tickets are £5. To book, please click one of these links:

12 noon Workshop.

1:30pm Workshop.

3:00pm Workshop.

And the Lumen Prize  Exhibition itself:

Opening Times: 12 – 6pm, May 14-16 & 18-21st (Ex Sun)

Admission: Free. For details, please click details here. We look forward to seeing you there.

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