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Communication Machines as Art

IOCT, Leicester Media School, De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester LE1 9BH, UK
Received: 30 December 2018 / Revised: 1 February 2019 / Accepted: 4 February 2019 / Published: 9 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Machine as Art (in the 20th Century))
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The paper presents a personal history of making machines as artworks. The particular kind of art machines that have been made since around 1970 are communication machines: ones that enable humans to interact with each other. However, they do not provide communication in the normal sense, but use a small bandwidth for relatively complex connections, making the experience of the interactions the art experience. The paper concludes by explaining how it later became possible to use computer networking and the Internet to make artworks that were more complex and, in part, autonomous generative machines whilst retaining the earlier communication machine functions. View Full-Text
Keywords: art; computer; communication; machine art; computer; communication; machine

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