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PERIPHERAL VISION: BELL LABS, THE S-C 4020 AND THE ORIGINS OF COMPUTER ART. Zabet Patterson. MIT Press, Cambridge, 2015. Platform Studies. 152 pp. with 24 ills. 24 x 16 cm. LC 2015-2000 ISBN 9780262029520 In English.
Publisher's description: In 1959, the electronics manufacturer Stromberg-Carlson produced the S-C 4020, a device that allowed mainframe computers to present and preserve images. In the mainframe era, the output of text and image was quite literally peripheral; the S-C 4020--a strange and elaborate apparatus, with a cathode ray screen, a tape deck, a buffer unit, a film camera, and a photo-paper camera--produced most of the computer graphics of the late 1950s and early 1960s. At Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey, the S-C 4020 became a crucial part of ongoing encounters among art, science, and technology. In this book, Zabet Patterson examines the extraordinary uses to which the Bell Labs SC-2040 was put between 1961 and 1972, exploring a series of early computer art projects shaped by the special computational affordances of the S-C 4020. The S-C 4020 produced tabular data, graph plotting and design drawings, grid projections, and drawings of axes and vectors; it made previously impossible visualizations possible.
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1945 — Electronic Media/Computer Art
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 168127
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