[ISEA2010] Paper: Francesca Franco – “Computer Art in the Mainstream”: How the Venice Biennale Responded to the Historisation of Computer Art in the 1980s


Working for the Computer Art & Technocultures project has given me the opportunity to analyse and research the material left by American art historian and independent curator Patric Prince to the V&A. This experience also has allowed me to connect this research to my personal interest in computer art and the Venice Biennale.

This paper investigates the main points of Patric Prince’s article “Computer art in the mainstream” written for the 1986 SIGGRAPH catalogue. How do these points connect to the Venice Biennale’s approach to computer art in the 80s?

  • Francesca Franco (UK) is Research Fellow on the AHRC funded project “Computer Art & Technocultures” (CAT) at Birkbeck College and the Victoria & Albert Museum. She is a lecturer at the School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media at Birkbeck. and is currently completing her Ph.D. in History of Art.

Full text (PDF) p.  448-449