MA1 Geoff Davis “Abstract Originals”

MA1: Geoff Davis: “Abstract Originals”

ZX Spectrum 48k – 1984

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Above: data cassette distribution

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The concept for Micro Arts was creation, publication and distribution of computer generated software art.  The idea of sending computer art programs in the post was due to necessity, as Micro Arts didn’t use teletext until later. There was also mail art as an inspiration, where people would send postcards or artworks through the post, in editions of one or a few, in a way that prefigured email and Instagram or Pinterest.

MA1: Seven colour-controllable abstract art programs, generated from code, which decay and rebuild from one piece to the next. The menu says ten, but only seven were selected.

The quotation marks on the tile were added since ‘irony’ was very popular in the 80s. The images were not actual physical abstract paintings, or from that genre, or originals since the computer generation could go on forever.

The program generated similar images (based on lines, triangles, blocks etc.) which were then varied in the drawing process. They gradually built up as the program added elements. Once more or less finished (since there is only an arbitrary stop point) the image was overwritten with black rectangles, which made the image disappear slowly. Then the next one began.

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Note: all the above images are menus from MA1 – Geoff Davis:‘Abstract Originals’ generative art software.

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

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Note: all the above images are frames from MA1: – GeoffDavis:‘Abstract Originals’ generative art software.

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

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

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

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

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