In February 1968, Jiří Valoch organised the Computer Graphics exhibition at the Brno House of Arts (with repeated showing at the Regional Gallery in Jihlava, March 1968, and the Regional Gallery in Gottwaldov (today Zlín), April 1968).
He preceded by half a year the opening of the Cybernetic Serendipity show (curator: Jasia Reichardt, ICA, London, August 1968) now canonised in art history; in its time presented as the very first international exhibition dedicated to the relationship between art and technology.
The exhibition of computer art that will mark the anniversary of Valoch’s curatorial project from 1968, will concentrate on a historical reflection on the phenomenon of computer art and its origins in the 1960s and 1970s. It will present the work of the artists taking part in Valoch’s project from 1968, which falls within the beginnings of computer graphic, but will also examine the application of computerised processes in creating paintings, architectural structures (in the Czech Republic mainly Zdeněk Sýkora), as well as include the first visionary proclamations and critical reflection of the influence of automated processes in the sphere of conceptual art and visual culture in general, which were, for example, an essential element in the work of the New Tendencies group (1961-1973, Croatia). At the general level, the concept of the exhibition will highlight the coordinates that are shared between the work of an artist and a scientist. The focus will be laid on the issue of mutations in the artistic idiom at the moment when its possible expressions are enhanced by the possibility of controlled randomness, operating system and automated process.
When the event takes place
1. september 1970