MA1 Geoff Davis “Abstract Originals”

MA1: Geoff Davis: “Abstract Originals” – see below for image gallery
ZX Spectrum 48k – 1984


Micro Arts History ebook – see right side link


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Above: data cassette distribution

Generative art

A series of changing art displays, generated from code. Colour and length controlled from a menu at start.

Video: This is fast mode, so it races through the first 5 (the default display), the last 2 (selected via their number) are longer. The slow menu option is better when using it as ambient art.

7 generated art displays.

 

Exhibition

Exhibited 2021 at LCB Depot, Leicester see blog.

Details

The cassette inner said:

“A colourful experience for you and your VDU. These mobile graphics can be colour coded to fit your décor. The order, timing and repetition can also be controlled, giving a responsive art display to enhance your next dinner or cocktail party, union meeting or conference.”

The title was put in quotes – “Abstract Originals” – was because they were not individually original (rather,  generated from original code) and not abstract in the sense of abstracted from reality – they were code reality. All images and material Geoff Davis 1984 (2021). Prints and NFTs will be available in 2021, from this site and other locations. See blog and menus here for links.

See end of page for number sequences used in the menus.

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#1 – All the above images are frames from MA1 – Geoff Davis:‘Abstract Originals’ generative art software.

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#3- note: all the above images are frames from MA1: – GeoffDavis: ‘Abstract Originals’ generative art software.

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#6 – note: all the above images are frames from MA1 – Geoff Davis: ‘Abstract Originals’ generative art software.

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#7 – note: all the above images are frames from MA1 – Geoff Davis: ‘Abstract Originals’ generative art software.

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#2 – note: all the above images are frames from MA1 – Geoff Davis ‘Abstract Originals’ generative art software.

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#4- note: all the above images are frames from MA1 – Geoff Davis: ‘Abstract Originals’ generative art software.

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#5 – note: all the above images are frames from  – Geoff Davis: ‘Abstract Originals’ generative art software.

Menus and actual numbers of pieces

Each art piece, e.g. #1 Lines, is a separate piece of computer code. Some pieces have 2 or more sections, where graphics transform by overlays into other shapes. The names ‘Lines’, etc. are merely descriptive and were not used in the originals.

From the Menu, the default preselected order is:

#1   Lines

#6   Triangles

#7    Blocks

#4   Diagonals

#5   Stripes

So art pieces #2 and #3 are not in the default order.

#2   Towers

#3   Data

In the Menu, one can accept the default order (16745) or can select an order, which is any order e.g. (152772).

#2 and #3 can only be seen in the select order option. This was to provide an element of surprise, and also allow for later versions to have more pieces added.