Event One

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Installation view of Event One (1969) at the Royal College of Art, showing a suspended interactive light work by Philip Hodgetts (upper right).
Photo: Peter Hunot
Courtesy of the Computer Arts Society, London

In March 1969, the Computer Arts Society (CAS) organised an exhibition entitled Event One, which was held at the Royal College of Art. The exhibition showcased innovative work with computers across a broad range of disciplines, including sculpture, graphics, music, film, architecture, poetry, theatre and dance. CAS founder John Lansdown, for example, designed and organised a dance performance that was choreographed entirely by the computer and performed by members of the Royal Ballet School. The multi-media approach of exhibitions such as Event One greatly influenced younger artists and designers emerging at this time. Many of these artists were rebelling against the traditional fine art hierarchies of the time, and went on to work in the new fields of computer, digital, and video art as a result.

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Installation view of Event One (1969) at the Royal College of Art, showing a suspended interactive light work by Philip Hodgetts (upper right).
Photo: Peter Hunot
Courtesy of the Computer Arts Society, London

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