MA2 – Geoff Davis: Various Unusual Events – see below for image gallery
ZX Spectrum 48k – 1984
Micro Arts History 1984-85 ebook – links for ‘standard’ and ‘deluxe’ fully illustrated edition ($1.99/$7.99)
There’s quite a good Kindle Sample available for you to check out (other formats online soon):
SEE KINDLE PREVIEW
Links for fully illustrated edition
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07TYDLLHN/ (UK co uk)
Links for smaller download standard edition, with some images
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07TRPDKPZ (UK co uk)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TRPDKPZ (US Com)
Or search your local Kindle store for Micro Arts History 1984–85
Above: MA2 data cassette
MA2 was a compilation of conceptual computer art, with only one pure art piece (Piano Bar), and even that suggested a link to a real object (a piano player).
VARIOUS UNUSUAL EVENTS
Slow Art – 2 years to finish. An early example of environmental or slow (long term) art. Also a joke about fast paced computer graphics.
Above: one pixel to bottom left.
Studio (Random Walking)
By adding walking feet to the generation of the screen art, the whole concept of generative art piece is transformed. It looks ‘as if’ the shoe shapes are creating the art.
Dada # 0
In June 1916 Hugo Ball, founder of Dada, performed a set of sound poems on stage at the Cabaret Voltaire club in Zurich. This program created random works from letter, to be recited as sound art.
The Money-Work System (SCUM Manifesto)
Animation of SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanas.
A money free system was explored in one of my fictions, a novella ‘Death in the Bubble World’ (1997), which had an electronic currency‘Easy Money Units’ (Geoff Davis 1997).
The MA2 version was an animation, with a sad faced male as anti-hero.
The original was an adult version. The frames have been edited.
Carry On Computing
This was a program that displayed chunks of code on the screen, for no educational reason. Just structuralist computer art, after Stan Brakhage.
The Piano Bar
A scrolling colour generator. This has visual parallels with Anni Albers (Bauhaus) woven creations, and the loom inspired origin of computer technology (Jacquard’s Loom). Both used repetitions with small variations.
Loop of 2 and 6
The two visual pieces could be run in a loop for ambient visuals.
Above: Inner cassette Micro Arts MA2 – Geoff Davis: Various Unusual Events