Michael Kidner


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"As the sixties rolled on cybernetics became a topic of hot debate among painters much as photography had been in the previous century. I took the view that the computer was an unwelcome competitor and I tried to imagine problems that would confound what I then regarded as an inhuman and unwieldy monster. I took a strip of paper and folded it at an angle of 40 degrees but left the end sticking up at an angle of 80 degrees then repeated the operation several times keeping the sides equal in length. I aimed to come back to the starting point but for me it was a trial and error situation which made me wonder whether the computer would offer a better solution. I was afraid it could."

From: The Computer: an Intrusive Influence
By Michael Kidner
Explorations in Art and Technology, 2002
 
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