DMINTILOGO

DIGITAL & CRYPTO Art Chronology

In collaboration with MOCA

Adapted from the Museum of Crypto Art, DMINTI has put together a chronological review of crypto-art and blockchain related events. This crypto art timeline is adapted from the work of artist Martin Lukas Ostachowski.

1963

Computers And Automation Launches Its "Computer Art Contest"

The contest defines “computer art” as “examples of visual creativity in which a computer plays a dominant role.”

1963

Computers And Automation Launches Its "Computer Art Contest"

The contest defines “computer art” as “examples of visual creativity in which a computer plays a dominant role.”

Kevin Abosch (/ˈeɪbɒʃ/ AY-bosh; born 1969) is an Irish conceptual artist and pioneer in cryptoart known for his works in photography, blockchain, sculpture, installation, AI and film.

Six examples of the 10,000 randomly generated CryptoPunks

BitchCoin logo

BitchCoin logo

Artie Vierkant (born 1986)[1] is an American digital artist based in Brooklyn, New York, known for his "Image Objects" series. The series is based on the 2010 essay "The Image Object Post-Internet", which he wrote while in graduate school.

Example of glitch art by Rosa Menkman who was featured at the opening of TRANSFER gallery

Bridle in 2015

LaTurbo Avedon is an avatar artist, curator, the designer and founder of Panther Modern. Their work emphasizes thepractice of nonphysical identity and authorship since 2008-2009.Their work has appeared internationally including TRANSFER Gallery (New York), transmediale (Berlin), Haus der elektronischen Künste (Basel), The Whitney Museum (New York), HMVK (Dortmund), Barbican Center (London), and Galeries Lafayette (Paris).

In 2009, ecoarttech launched "Eclipse," an internet-based work commissioned by Turbulence of New Radio and PerformingArts, Inc.[4] and Untitled Landscape #5, a digital environmental artwork commissioned by the Whitney Museum of Art, as part of the Sunrise/Sunset series inaugurated in 2009.

Cory Arcangel (born May 25, 1978) is an American post-conceptual artist who makes work in many different media, including drawing, music, video, performance art, and video game modifications, for which he is best known.

Some earliest hardbacks with glossy dust jackets, spanning the period 1961–1980, the majority of these publications date back to the 1960s.

Casey Edwin Barker Reas | 1972 (age 49–50) | Troy, Ohio, US

Video sculpture of the duo, Young-hae Chang and Marc Voge., at M+, Hong Kong

Logo for Berlin-based annual media art festival Transmediale

CAVE Automatic Virtual Environment in Chicago, IL

The Thing Bulletin Board System

ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe founded in 1989

Prix Ars Electronica

Ars Electronica, the longest-running media art festival, launches in Linz

Creative Computing

Portrait of Manfred Mohr, co-founder of Groupe Art et Informatique de Vincennes (GAIV)

Cover of Leonardo

Georg Nees

Computer generated art from Computers and Automation's "Computer Art Contest"

1965
February 5, 1965

The Studiengalerie der Technische Hochschule Stuttgart presents the first-ever public exhibition of computer-generated images as art.

April 6, 1965

Manhattan’s Howard Wise Gallery presents this first American exhibition of computer art, featuring works by A. Michael Noll and Béla Julesz.

November 5, 1965

Galerie Wendelin Niedlich in Stuttgart presents the third exhibition of computer art, featuring works by Georg Nees and Frieder Nake.

1965
February 5, 1965

The Studiengalerie der Technische Hochschule Stuttgart presents the first-ever public exhibition of computer-generated images as art.

April 6, 1965

Manhattan’s Howard Wise Gallery presents this first American exhibition of computer art, featuring works by A. Michael Noll and Béla Julesz.

November 5, 1965

Galerie Wendelin Niedlich in Stuttgart presents the third exhibition of computer art, featuring works by Georg Nees and Frieder Nake.

1966

Computer Technique Group (CTG) forms

Masao Komura, Haruki Tsuchiya, Kunio Yamanaka, and Junichiro Kakizaki found the Computer Technique Group (CTG) in Japan.

1968

Founded by kinetic artist and aeronautical engineer Frank Malina, the journal will go on 1969 to publish important primary accounts and secondary scholarship in the field of digital art and art and technology more broadly.

This magazine dedicated to the theoretical links between computers and art is published by a group of artists related to the [Nove] tendencije (New Tendencies) movement.

ICA London presents the first major museum presentation of computer-generated images, films, sculptures, songs, and other creative forms, curated by Jasia Reichardt.

1968

Founded by kinetic artist and aeronautical engineer Frank Malina, the journal will go on 1969 to publish important primary accounts and secondary scholarship in the field of digital art and art and technology more broadly.

This magazine dedicated to the theoretical links between computers and art is published by a group of artists related to the [Nove] tendencije (New Tendencies) movement.

ICA London presents the first major museum presentation of computer-generated images, films, sculptures, songs, and other creative forms, curated by Jasia Reichardt.

1969

Groupe Art et Informatique de Vincennes (GAIV) founded

A group of young musicians and artists including Hervé Huitric and Manfred Mohr (joined later by Monique Nahas) found the Groupe Art et Informatique de Vincennes (GAIV).

1969

Groupe Art et Informatique de Vincennes (GAIV) founded

A group of young musicians and artists including Hervé Huitric and Manfred Mohr (joined later by Monique Nahas) found the Groupe Art et Informatique de Vincennes (GAIV).

1970

September 16, 1970

Group Exhibition: Software

The Jewish Museum presents Software, which explores the importance of software as a metaphor for conceptual art.

1971

May 11, 1971

Solo Exhibition: Manfred Mohr: Computer Graphics. Une esthétique programmée

Thanks to this presentation at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Mohr becomes the first computer artist to have a solo museum exhibition.

1974

David Ahl launches the first major magazine for computer hobbyists to promote the use of personal computers to create games, art, and other creative forms.

This organization, which presents an annual trade show for people working with computer graphics, is founded as part of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

1974

David Ahl launches the first major magazine for computer hobbyists to promote the use of personal computers to create games, art, and other creative forms.

This organization, which presents an annual trade show for people working with computer graphics, is founded as part of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

1976

Publication of Artist and Computer

Ruth Leavitt’s anthology includes interviews with thirty-five leading computer artists, including Vera Molnár, Kenneth Knowlton, Charles Csuri, Manfred Mohr, Lillian Schwartz, and Hiroshi Kawano.

1979

September 18, 1979

Launch of Ars Electronica

The longest-running media art festival launches in Linz. The organization will open its first year-round museum in 1996.

1979

September 18, 1979

Launch of Ars Electronica

The longest-running media art festival launches in Linz. The organization will open its first year-round museum in 1996.

1980

February 16, 1980

Artists’ Use of Telecommunications Conference

This conference at SFMOMA includes live global video links and leads to the launch of ARTBOX (later ARTEX), the first significant digital network for artists, which will support key projects throughout the 1980s.

1986

Group Exhibition: 42nd Venice Biennale

The theme is “Art and Science,” and it includes the presentations “Technology and Informatics” and “Art and Computer.”

1987

Ars Electronica launches the Prix Ars Electronica

Early categories include “Computer Graphics,” “Computer Animation,” “Computer Music,” and “Interactive Art.” A new category for net art is introduced in 1995, but is dropped in 2006.

1987

Ars Electronica launches the Prix Ars Electronica

Early categories include “Computer Graphics,” “Computer Animation,” “Computer Music,” and “Interactive Art.” A new category for net art is introduced in 1995, but is dropped in 2006.

1988

Launch of ISEA (International Symposia on Electronic Arts)

These symposia (now organized by the ISEA Foundation) for organizations and individuals working with digital and other electronic arts are held in a different city every year.

1989

ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe is founded

Having moved into its current complex in 1997 and operating under the direction of Peter Weibel since 1999, ZKM has become a leading museum for digital and other forms of media art.

1989

ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe is founded

Having moved into its current complex in 1997 and operating under the direction of Peter Weibel since 1999, ZKM has become a leading museum for digital and other forms of media art.

1991

Launch of THE THING BBS

Wolfgang Staehle launches this BBS (Bulletin Board System) in New York City, which will become a hotbed of making and sharing online art, with nodes in multiple cities across Europe.

1991

Launch of THE THING BBS

Wolfgang Staehle launches this BBS (Bulletin Board System) in New York City, which will become a hotbed of making and sharing online art, with nodes in multiple cities across Europe.

1994

John Bothwick and Benjamin Weil found this platform for artists (including Lawrence Weiner and Jenny Holzer) to make and share experiments with the web.

Pit Schultz presents screenshots of net.art projects in the Berlin nightclub Bunker, including works from Vuk Ćosić, JODI, Alexei Shulgin, and Heath Bunting, among others.

1995

June 1, 1995

Geert Lovink and Pit Schultz launch this email list as part of the Club Berlin event at the Venice Biennale. The community would become associated with the term net.art, which Schultz coined.

August 1, 1995

Douglas Davis’s website The World’s First Collaborative Sentence, 1994, is gifted to the museum by its collectors.

1996

March 16, 1996

Postmasters gallery in New York City presents this group show of digital works (including one about cryptography), many available for purchase on floppy disks and CDs, becoming the first commercial gallery to support digital and net artists.

Developed by the Electronic Visualization Laboratory in Chicago and debuted at SIGGRAPH ’92, the CAVE will host around 50 virtual reality projects over the next 12 years.

Artist Mark Tribe launches this list for the net art community, which later spawns a website, online database, and non-profit organization now affiliated with the New Museum in New York City.

Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett found this non-profit art and technology “(de)center” in London. In 2006, they coined the term DIWO (Doing It With Others) to promote decentralized relationships in the arts.

1996