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Driven by Visualization: Sten Kallin’s collaborations with Astrid Sampe, Sture Johannesson and Mats Amundin as explorations of computer technology
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Art History.
2015 (English)In: Konsthistorisk Tidskrift, ISSN 0023-3609, E-ISSN 1651-2294, Vol. 84, no 2, 93-107 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

During the late 1960s and early 1970s a newtype of collaboration between artists, scientists,and engineers developed alongside the emergingfield of computer art. This was an erawhen the computers, much larger than today,were rarely screen-based, and were almostimpossible to gain access to unless it wasthrough collaboration. In Sweden, the IBMemployee and computing expert Sten Kallinentered into collaborations with a number ofartists and scientists. In this article, I investigatehis collaborations with the textile designerAstrid Sampe, the artist Sture Johannesson,and the zoologist Mats Amundin. The perspectiveof this article differs from the morehabitual focus on artistic motivations, as Iinstead approach these efforts from the collaboratingcomputer experts’ point of view,rather than the established artist collaborators.I argue that Kallin’s interest in visualizationwas one of the driving forces that made himparticipate in these collaborations. I furthersuggest that their experimental approachestoward computing not only characterized thework of Kallin but was significant to othercomputer art practitioners during this era.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2015. Vol. 84, no 2, 93-107 p.
Keyword [en]
art, science and technology, collaborations, visualization, mainframe computers, Sweden, 20th century, Sten Kallin, IBM, IBM 1130, Calcomp drumplotter, computer art, Sture Johannesson, Astrid Sampe, Mats Amundin
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Art History
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History of Art
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-254627DOI: 10.1080/00233609.2015.1034171ISI: 000355118000003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-254627DiVA: diva2:819282
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Förhandlingskonst: Konstnärer, vetenskapsmän och tekniker i samproduktion, Sverige 1967-2009
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Swedish Research Council, Dnr 421-2010-1531
Available from: 2015-06-10 Created: 2015-06-09 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved

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