Edward Ihnatowicz

Born 1926
Died 1988

Edward Ihnatowicz was a British Cybernetic Sculptor. His ground-breaking pioneering interactive sculptures which were featured in the exhibition ‘Cybernetic Serendipity’1968, and later commisioned by Philips in Eindhoven in 1970 used sound and motion sensors to react to the audience. These constructs were one of the first computer controlled interactive robotic works of art.

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Member of institution(s): Computer Arts Society

1926 Born in Poland.

1939 to 1943 War refugee in Romania and Algiers.

1943 Arrived in Britain.

1945 to 1949 Attended the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford.

1950 onwards Created bespoke furniture and interior decoration.

1962 Left home to try to find his artistic roots. Lived in an unconverted garage. Experimented with life sculpture and portraiture and sculpture made of scrap cars.

1968 Created SAM. Exhibited at the ‘Cybernetic Serendipity’,ICA.London

1969 – 1971 Created The Senster.

1971-1986 Worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University College, London.

1973 Created The Bandit. Exhibited at the Computer Arts Society exhibition at the Edinburgh Festival, UK.

Oct 1988 Died of a myocardial infarction (heart attack).

A list of documents published by the artist/engineer can be viewed here >> .