Computer Arts Society CAS Exhibition 2023

I have a still image from a new generative art piece PATTERN CITY in the 2023 CAS exhibition. PATTERN CITY will be released in 2024.

There is a printed catalogue due in January 2024 , hence this post.

See links below. Artists (not in any order) include Geoff Davis, Sean Clark, Paul Brown, Ernest Edmonds, Brian Reffin Smith, Aphra Shemza, Olive Gingrich, Patrtick Lichy, Mark Webster, Corinne Whitaker and others- full list on soon.

Geoff Davis CAS Pattern City
Geoff Davis CAS Pattern City 2023

Visit Computer Arts Society Members’ Exhibition 2023.

Thinking Machines generative art exhibition Berlin June 2023

Geoff Davis and Micro Arts Group are in THE THINKING MACHINE exhibition from Expanded Art / Anika Meier in Berlin,  Tuesday 6th June 2023 to 27th June.

Please visit

See PHOTOS below.

“The exhibition presents pioneers from different generations, early 1950s until today, working in the field of generative art. On view will be, among others, plotter drawings, generative photography, sculptures, and NFTs from 25 international artists.”

New format digital art of MA1 “Abstract Originals” is available from elementum

Thanks to Anika Meier, Georg Bak, Margaret Murphy and everyone else who helped put on this AMAZING exhibition.


Anika Meier with me; Margaret Murphy next to Micro Arts MA1 Lines artwork; Margaret Murphy with me; Art sign by Joachim Bosse, WWWISDOM, 1; “kryptonite” sculpture by Claudia Hart.

Artists: Ai-Da Robot, Victor Acevedo, Vladimir Bonačić, Analivia Cordeiro, Pierre Cordier, Geoff Davis, Hans Dehlinger, Primavera de Filippi, Herbert W. Franke, Hein Gravenhorst, Ira Greenberg, Samia Halaby, Heinrich Heidersberger, Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Roger Humbert, Gottfried Jäger, Mario Klingemann, Zach Lieberman, LoVid, Kevin and Jennifer McCoy, Lee Mullican, Frieder Nake, Aaron Penne, Manuel Rossner, Marcel Schwittlick, Travess Smalley, Marina Zurkow. launch new cube video and Grid 88 history

Launch of new Micro Arts Cube videos and Micro Arts Grid 88
with on Wednesday 22 Feb 2023 – Zurich Switzerland.

Georg Bak and Geoff Davis Zurich 2023
ZX Spectrum, Micro Arts Magazine, Grid 88 on wall – Georg Bak and Geoff Davis Zurich 2023
Geoff Davis & Georg Bak curator of
Geoff Davis & Georg Bak, curator,
MA4 Story Generator Geoff Davis
MA4 Story Generator Geoff Davis
geoff Davis Georg Bak Zurich 2023
geoff Davis Georg Bak Zurich 2023
elementum art Micro Arts drop
Catalogue for elementum art Micro Arts drop

Geoff Davis of Micro Arts Group is live on Instagram in Zurich 4pm Central European time 22/2/2023. Visit elementum on Insta to find out more.

Please click here to visit blog for details – there are 3 posts

This is our third exhibition in three years. There are 4 of our special cube videos, and a new 88 image grid of the 40 year history, starting with my code for MA1 in 1983 (BASIC screen shot) and ending with the new Spatial VR Micro Arts gallery.


Music on home micros ZX Spectrum 1980s from Aphex Twin Richard D James

Music on the ZX Spectrum. Aphex Twin (Richard D James) in an interview in this documentary, at 2 minutes 24 seconds to 3:26 (link below).

“Early influences were more hardware in nature. An early touchstone was the game loading sound for the early home computer, the Spectrum ZX81.”

Says Richard:

“People who had them must have spent hours listening to hat. Its more extreme than any extreme noise music. In time you got to know the sound really well: “Ooh, good bit coming up here.”

It was always the best , sonically, when it tried to load a picture. It would be “lryurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrghh!”

I always wanted to make my music sound like a game! A danceable version of a Spectrum game.”

Micro Arts Group exhibition London BCS 2022

Micro Arts Group exhibition curated by Computer Arts Archive CAA, at British Computer Society BCS Moorgate London, as part of the EVA conference.

Exhibition launch was 4th July 2022 by Professor Sean Clark and Geoff Davis.

Online exhibition below – to see videos of Micro Arts work please use the menu above.

Live event invite is here:

Micro Arts Group at BCS Events Calendar

Previous exhibitions were in Leicester 2021 – see here

Sean Clark Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Prof. Sean Clark launching Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS

BCS Moorgate Micro Arts exhibition 2022

Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS

Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Micro Arts Group exhibition London 2022 at BCS
Lifetime Award from Graham Diprose CAS Micro Arts BCS London
Lifetime Award for Graham Diprose CAS Micro Arts BCS London
Micro Arts BCS London
Micro Arts BCS London
Sean Clark introducing the Computer Arts Archive, and Micro Arts exhibition, at BCS Moorgate London
Sean Clark introducing the Computer Arts Archive, and Micro Arts exhibition, at BCS Moorgate London
Jon Weinel Explosions in the Mind book launch at Computer Arts Society BCS
Jon Weinel Explosions in the Mind book launch at Computer Arts Society BCS

Adrian Wilson Quantel art photography exhibition Blackpool Jan-Feb 2022

Blackpool School of Arts is currently exhibiting Adrian Wilson’s 1980’s Quantel Paintbox manipulated photography, including two pieces from the 1988 Art & Computers show at Cleveland Gallery and a whole display of Quantel artefacts.
This is the first solo exhibition of Adrian’s pioneering digitally manipulated photography.
Adrian Wilson exhibition Blackpool
Adrian Wilson exhibition Blackpool
Adrian will be at the gallery on Thursday 3rd February from 5-8pm for a private view and would love to meet you there in person.
If you can’t make it to Blackpool before the exhibition ends on 18th February, here is a link to a virtual tour.

Adrian Wilson artist & photographer (plus graffiti) – interview December 2021

See also previous Adrian Wilson Artist blog

New questions (from Geoff Davis, Micro Arts Group):

Q: You are well known as a graffiti artist (unsigned, online with the plannedalism tag) adjusting signs by changing or adding letters etc.

For you, is graffiti – (anti) literature, text art or social intervention?

A: My father and two older brothers were graphic designers and I have tried unsuccessfully to avoid graphic design my whole life. A couple of business students from Manchester University interviewed me in 1988 and in their synopsis stated that I had three business disadvantages:

I had no long term goals, was not motivated by money and in fact had refused to work for clients who weren’t anti-apartheid.

My graffiti is text based and definitely has a message. Even if I write a pun on a tree stump “I fought the saw and the saw won” it is to highlight the loss of the tree. Ideally my graffiti inspires people to think but doesn’t tell them what to think.

1987 Star Trek meme

Q: Were you inspired by activist street artists like UK’s Banksy, or visual artists like Goldie?

A: I have always expressed myself one way or another from building snow sculptures with my kids, to over 30 years creating t-shirts (my first one in 1987, was a play on the Manchester A to Z street guide, changed to read “A to CRED”!), to the galleries I opened and the graffiti I am well known for, it’s all just been a fun hobby. Some people love kicking a ball, or playing an instrument but my brain is just wired to come up with visual ideas.

Q: Early Quantel – you mentioned, ‘make my ideas a reality with only a small amount of skill’.

Does this apply to the graffiti, and is that connected to fun,  and using early Quantel Paintbox ?

A: Definitely. We all love to ridicule high brow art by stating “I could have done that” but to me, if someone sees a piece of street art I did and thinks “That’s something cool I could have done”, I have done my job well.

I have never taken myself seriously or set out to be referred to as an artist. I come from a northern family where my dad used to say “you’ve got to learn to stand on your own two knees”. That may have been a throw away pun but I always felt that lack of confidence or value in what I did. As the youngest of three males in the house, I was always referred to as “little Adrian” which probably drove me to be someone to do things to get attention, either a joke or something visual.

My Paintbox work was pretty dark but that was just the politics and aesthetics of the time. Anti-Thatcherism, The Young Ones and The Face magazine were my aesthetic, and I probably still relate more to Rik than Vivian in the way I interact with the world. Most of the jokes are for my own entertainment and if other people enjoy them, great and if they don’t, it’s fine too.

Prince RIP Adrian Wilson
Prince RIP Adrian Wilson

Q: How do you feel abut Photography vs painterly arts, on the work / labour / skill level?

A: There is a ranking in the “art world” in what is considered legitimate or superior, with oil painting at the top of the pyramid and photography closer to the base. As a photographer with 35 years’ experience, it is obviously second nature to me now and, thanks to digital, certainly easier than when I went to college.

Andreas Feininger was my biggest influence and he was all about scale and composition. Most of the photographic skills such as a knowledge of chemicals, lens behaviour or film types is about as useful as an A to Z Street Map nowadays. I think it is fantastic that a billion pictures a day are taken and uploaded somewhere because photography has always been about capturing a moment, whereas painting is about conveying an idea.

The biggest skill in photography and one for which it will be a long time before it is automated is a button which creates a good composition and that is really where the skill of a photographer is.

Lighting used to be important but not as much now with HDR, lateral range and photoshop. I have developed painting skills through practice but I can still only replicate something, not come up with new figurative ideas purely from my imagination. I greatly admire those who can paint and sculpt but in the same way I admire those who can sing or score a goal. There is no jealousy, just an appreciation for the different skills they have.

Q: Photography is famously technical, how does that connect for you with new digital outlets like NFTs, crypto art etc.?

A: It used to be technical but I am not sure I am even a photographer any more. Thanks to film and prints, my collection survived for 30 years in my mum’s attic and can still be enjoyed today. If I had stored my images on one of Quantel’s 8 inch floppies it would be unreadable, or the VHS would be fuzzy.

It saddens me to know that all I do now when I take a ‘photo’ is rearrange lots of 0s and 1s on an SD card. There is no definitive standard way it should look, in the way that when I scanned my Quantel slides I could look at a piece of film and try to match it. Of course we have social media and the cloud, so theoretically everything is stored for eternity but yes, because we all now accept something that doesn’t actually exist is a photograph, it is not too far a stretch to take a traditional certificate of authenticity and make a non existent version of that too.

Crypto is no different from touchless transactions such as Apple Pay as a method of digital transaction but the idea it is somehow safer or more democratic, is ridiculous. There is absolutely no link between the numbers and letters making up the blockchain ID to any individual, so if it is hacked, or stolen, or the company hosting your wallet stops paying for hosting fees, or you forget your login details, or there is a solar magnetic storm, you’re screwed. Once you provide ID and bank details to set up a digital wallet, it is linked to the same big banks and government tax department that your regular credit card is. History shows us that once something catches on and starts to make money, big business takes over and governments start regulating. Bitcoin is a digital casino and NFTs are digital tulip bulbs.

Q: Any new plans or ideas?

A: Honestly, like the business analysis said, I don’t plan that far ahead. Thankfully my kids are all grown up and I rent my apartment, so I haven’t got too many responsibilities and my health is good so at 58, I appreciate that fact more than any other.

My next big plan is actually graffiti within the digital world. I have some pieces in NY on roofs which are really only visible on Google Earth and the next plan is to use the lines of the crosswalks to create words and phrases that can only be read on Google Maps.

Taking it a step further, I have found a glitch in the system which enables me to change certain details of Google Maps, so I have  few ideas up my sleeve. The old graffiti writers referred to painting the subway trains as ‘bomb the system’ and to me the oppressive ‘system’ now is not the city’s bureaucrats, it is the companies who control the digiverse and will be creating the metaverse. It will also be much cheaper than buying paint!

Q: How is NY after UK/London. An artist friend went to NY in 1996 and became a successful  designer. He said it was safer/better than London. Any comments?

A: I stayed in Manchester rather than move to London to further my career and do love New York but it is just a bigger, expensive version of everywhere else. There are people who are successful because they are talented, or good looking, or well connected, or were at the right place at the right time. That is the same in Manchester or Manhattan. It is an honest city because it is just like the movies show it is – a giant money making machine full of people who didn’t fit in somewhere else, trying to survive in a place lacking in compassion for the individual. The good thing moving to NY is that one is expected to fail, so there is no shame in going back home after it has no further use for you. If you feel you want the challenge, try it but if you don’t, just visit for a holiday.

I can also lie in some Manchester nursing home  bed and tell some nurse spoon feeding me rice pudding that “I once was famous for changing the names of the streets in the metaverse of New York” and she would pat me on the head, give me a sedative and say “Of course you did Mr Wilson”, then look on the metaverse and find it was true. Getting a twofer of free drugs and annoying a smart ass teenager is a near death goal of mine.

Q: Previously you mentioned NFTs of old work (could also be for new). Have you made any progress with this?

A: I sprayed “POST NO NFTS” , a twist on POST NO BILLS for fun and made an NFT of that. I also made an NFT of me deleting the video of the NFT the people made by burning a Banksy and another NFT of my friend the art critic Jerry Saltz, so you can see the angle I am taking. My next one will be a Schrödinger’s NFT, whereby I will either burn or frame a MAGA poster that someone gave me from Trump’s election night party in 2016.

Despite the flippancy and supposed dismissiveness, I do feel some gratitude to the concept of NFTs because without the hype, my Paintbox work would still be in my mum’s attic and I wouldn’t be the very proud and excited owner of a working Paintbox.

I met with one of the creators of cryptopunks and told him that I felt like he was like Mick Jagger, making a fortune commercializing and popularizing the work of unappreciated blues guitarists, with the side effect being that those guitarists become appreciated for being the originators. I feel that the NFT craze has been fantastic for the light it has also shone on the history of digital art, of which we should be proud to have played a part.

I have had approaches to sell my Paintbox work as NFTs but I haven’t found the right people yet. Ultimately, NFTs are like any other piece of art, they only have value if someone notable says why they are valuable. We are told that the Mona Lisa is the best piece of art in the world, so it is. Yet, we all know the shenanigans, hype and ultimately embarrassment of paying $450 million for the now discredited Salvator Mundi in the belief that it was a newly discovered Leonardo. Apparently the Beeple NFT that sold for $69 million has dropped in value by 75% but the person who bought it made a fortune because the purchase was his way of getting publicity for his cryptocurrency, which went up 2,000 percent because of the sale.

In theory, I created one of, if not the first digital meme when I swapped Captain Kirk’s head for mine on the Paintbox in 1987 and sent it out as a postcard with an ironic caption. With the right hype and people behind it, in theory, it could be worth millions. It’s just a funny postcard but once someone important realizes its place in history, it will become a valuable funny postcard.

I have been invited to put on a solo show at Blackpool School of Art’s art gallery from January 10th to February 18th 2022. To to me, that is the best full circle this story could have taken. I plan to take a Paintbox to the college to show the students what the Quantel people showed me 35 years ago. How cool is that?

Adrian Wilson November 2021

See also previous Adrian Wilson Artist blog

See (new page) article and interview about the graffiti – plandalism 

Home for the brave – Metaverse, VR, VRML, X3D

There is an increase in VR art galleries, and online exhibitions, over lockdown. In the Metaverse, Omniverse, see below.

Here’s my VR gallery (with coder Christian) from my design and build web studio Twin Media (London) back in 1995. VRML was a web based 3D renderer with a simple mark-up language, superseded by X3D.

VRML gallery Metaverse 1995
VRML VR gallery [Metaverse] 1995 – Twin Media logo is the green squiggle
VRML gallery Metaverse 1995
VRML VR gallery [Metaverse] 1995
The new 3D cube videos from Micro Arts MA1 will be located in one of these, I will update when selected.

Search for Metaverse, Cryptovoxels, etc. Second Life is still around. These sites have always had usability issues and are just a bit clunky. There are lots of 3D world-building games such as Minecraft, Fortnite and Roblox, and of course Sim City. Nvidia has an Omniverse. Facebook are really into this via VR.

See this BBC summary

Music performance with Etalon Production (Patryk Jaworski) Micro Arts setting

I met Patryk at the recent 8-bit exhibition in Leicester. He is a prolific recordist in live settings such as parks or old buildings. He suggested doing a concert in the Lightbox gallery space at LCB Depot. The excellent result is below.

Etalon Production – Air, Pressure and Tension | Less Solid Dialect (vol.4) 2021 | PATRYK JAWORSKI




8-bit exhibition Leicester 9 June 2021

8-bit exhibition

Classic computer art from the 1980s

The Micro Arts exhibition opens on Wednesday 9 June, from 6pm. There will be short talks by Sean Clark the curator and me.

Location: LCB Depot – Lightbox Gallery

31 Rutland Street


Geoff Davis during the set up (photo Sean Clark)
Geoff Davis during the set up (photo Sean Clark)
Micro Arts 8-Bit Exhibition Leicester June 2021
Getting ready for Micro Arts 8-Bit Exhibition Leicester June 2021 (empty boxes will have data cassettes, magazine, etc in them)