[ISEA2011] Artist Statement: Charles Csuri – Random War (2011)

Artist Statement

Random War (2011) realizes Csuri’s original 1967 intention – that people experience art as a real-time virtual event. His vision of Random War (1967) as an interactive art object is only being realized as he celebrates his 89th birthday.

  • Charles Csuri is best known for pioneering the field of computer graphics, computer animation and digital fine art, creating the first computer art in 1964. Csuri has been recognized as the father of digital art and computer animation by the Smithsonian Magazine, and as a leading pioneer of computer animation by the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and The Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group Graphics (ACM-SIGGRAPH) . Between 1971 and 1987, while a senior professor at the Ohio State University, Charles Csuri founded the Computer Graphics Research Group, the Ohio Super Computer Graphics Project, and the Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design, dedicated to the development of digital art and computer animation. Csuri was co-founder of Cranston/Csuri Productions (CCP), one of the worlds first computer animation production companies. In 2000 Charles Csuri received both the 2000 Governor’s Award for the Arts for the best individual artist, and The Ohio State University Sullivant Award, that institution’s highest honor, in acknowledgment of his lifetime achievements in the fields of digital art and computer animation.

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