Aldo giorgini: Computer art legacy

Esteban Garcia Garcia, Purdue University

Abstract

This is a biographical study of Aldo Giorgini (1934-1994), one of the pioneers that used computers to make art. Since 1973, Giorgini created over one thousand original computer art works. This study recovered and analyzed his computer art legacy located at the Giorgini residence. In addition, other primary source materials such as unpublished manuscripts, clippings, correspondence, computer code, photographs and artifacts were analyzed. This research helped organize art originals in diverse sizes and formats. The materials residing in his former studio are unveiled and explained in a chronological narrative. Giorgini's process started with mathematical equations that were transformed into images using early computing technologies. These algorithmic-based foundations were complemented with a prolific studio practice that included painting and photography, among others. Giorgini's artistic process is explained in the historical context in which he made his images, while also inspecting the unique methods that he used for making computer art.^

Degree

Ph.D.

Advisors

Craig L. Miller, Purdue University.

Subject Area

Art History|Aesthetics

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