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Lost Worhol Works Found on Old Floppy Disks

A collection of Warhol works were uncovered in March on a set of old Amiga floppy disks, according to a press release by the Studio for Creative Inquiry (via BoingBoing). The files were eased off of the disks with help from the Carnegie Mellon Computer Club, a collective that specializes in dealing with old computer hardware.

The works were obtained from hardware that was sitting dormant in the Warhol Museum, including “two Amiga 1000 computers in pristine condition,” an “early drawing tablet,” and “a large collection of floppy diskettes comprised of mostly commercial software.”

The fact that the floppy disks contained commercial software as opposed to saved works initially disappointed the team. However, they soon discovered some original and signed works on a GRAPHICRAFT floppy after using a Kickstart ROM to boot the emulator. The images included drawings of flowers, a soup can, a self-portrait, and portraits of other individuals. “Much of the software of the era defaulted to (and in some cases only supported) saving files on the same disk as the software itself,” the Carnegie Mellon Computer Club wrote in its technical report.

The press release notes that the art was produced on a commission from Commodore International, the manufacturers of the Amiga, for Warhol to demonstrate the machine’s uses for art creation. The Amigas in question had labels warning that they were pre-production units not yet approved by the FCC, and “the drawing tablet appeared handmade.”

A fuller description of the technical process is available in PDF form, and a documentary film about the project will screen at the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall in Pittsburgh on May 10.

 

Source: Ars Technica

The Berlin Wall’s 1st Street Artist Tells His Story

If you like history or art or both – this is a very interesting story published at The Guardian about the first artist to paint on the Berlin Wall, Thierry Noir.  His creations of the ultimate symbol of communist repression with cartoonish graffiti became world famous.  In the article he talks about playing cat and mouse with the death strip guards, meeting Wim Wenders, and what happened when the wall came down.  Here’s a snippet:

 

 

Clean Up. This was taken in 1986 at Bethaniendamm in Kreuzberg. Here we can see a GDR [East Germany] pioneer cleaning squad clearing away waste from West Berlin. In those days, people threw everything over the Wall: empty bottles, bins and diapers! For some, it was a political act and people would scream at the same time ‘Scheiss DDR’ (‘fuck the GDR’). I myself never threw anything over the Wall. It wasn’t my style. Often, soldiers would come over with a megaphone to tell me to stop painting and to step back inside West Berlin. I would do so without any comments. The Wall was not the actual border but set five metres within the real East-West line. By painting the Wall, I was officially in East Berlin. The soldiers would often try to catch me.

 

See more fascinating images and descriptions here.

 

Urban Destruction Art and Ruin Lust

Turns out taking Instagram-worthy photos of old, broken buildings is an ancient art, the likes of which is being celebrated at the Tate Britain’s new show ‘Ruin Lust.’  Ruin Lust is at Tate Britain in London until May 18.
 
If you talk to people in Detroit, you’ll find they are fed up with “ruin porn” and sick of the disaster tourists who stalk their neighborhoods looking for crumbling images of a once-thriving city.It’s unlikely to improve their mood, but academics claim they can trace those prying eyes back through hundreds of years of art, photography and literature. Renaissance painters captured the fall of Rome, etchings from the 1700s focused on decaying buildings and artists throughout the 20th century returned over and over again to the same motifs and styles.Brian Dillon, author of the book Ruins, said the modern images of old Olympic parks, disused hotels and deserted tower blocks were often almost identical to their classical forebears, with new juxtaposed next to old or nature intruding into a man-made structure. “Not a week goes by that MailOnline doesn’t show us photographs of abandoned houses, abandoned cities and so on”, he said. “One of the interesting things is how those images, even if they are made by total amateurs, very often draw on artistic history. The Gothicism, or the picturesque or a sense of melancholia, all of that is there.”
Read more at The Daily Beast.