Sinclair and Me    Alex May
NEW
ZX81 BASIC
CHAPTER 11The Code       The Result
OBSESSED
ZX81•   Broken audio•   RAM Pack Wobble•   Loose power plug•   SCROLL = animation!•   UNPLOT = best name!
EX81  From the end of Chapter  One:  “Regardless of what you  type in, you cannot  damage the computer.”  This was not alt...
GamesThe Promise           The Reality
Lovely Games
Ubiquity    A cassette tape found    discarded on the grass    outside    St.    Andrews    Primary School, Steyning
Contemporary(70/80s) Computer Graphics   Sunstone (1979)    Tony De Peltrie (1985)
FilmTRON (1982)          Star Trek II (1983)
ZX3D
ZX Mandelbrot
Copy Protection
Lenslok
Peripherals
What did I see?• I knew this was what I wanted to do!• An intrinsic link between code, language, and  image• My interests ...
1988-2012
The Result• Programming for over 30 years• Visiting Research Fellow: Artist in Residence at  Hertfordshire University• Co-...
The Power of PixelsMiner Willy (1984)   ANSI Gringo (1991)
994,138 (2010)      Each pixel represents a single human life lost      in the UK during the first World War
Out of White (2009-2011)
Shadows of Light (2009-2011)
Animation Decathlon (2009)
Other WorkMy Robot Companion    Recyclowave    (2011-2012)          (2009)
Thoughts• A generation was given the opportunity to write  code and experiment with computer graphics,  sound, and other I...
Lovely Pixels
Sinclair and Me
Alex May            Website: www.bigfug.com            Email: bigfug@gmail.com                Twitter: @bigfugPerforming A...
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Alex May's presentation to Imperica's "Horizons" event. BFI, London, 5/6 May 2012. www.imperica.com/horizons

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    1. 1. Sinclair and Me Alex May
    2. 2. NEW
    3. 3. ZX81 BASIC
    4. 4. CHAPTER 11The Code The Result
    5. 5. OBSESSED
    6. 6. ZX81• Broken audio• RAM Pack Wobble• Loose power plug• SCROLL = animation!• UNPLOT = best name!
    7. 7. EX81 From the end of Chapter One: “Regardless of what you type in, you cannot damage the computer.” This was not altogether true…
    8. 8. GamesThe Promise The Reality
    9. 9. Lovely Games
    10. 10. Ubiquity A cassette tape found discarded on the grass outside St. Andrews Primary School, Steyning
    11. 11. Contemporary(70/80s) Computer Graphics Sunstone (1979) Tony De Peltrie (1985)
    12. 12. FilmTRON (1982) Star Trek II (1983)
    13. 13. ZX3D
    14. 14. ZX Mandelbrot
    15. 15. Copy Protection
    16. 16. Lenslok
    17. 17. Peripherals
    18. 18. What did I see?• I knew this was what I wanted to do!• An intrinsic link between code, language, and image• My interests crossed boundaries between code, art, math, music, and science• Programming was much more fun than homework (or school in general)• Crashing computers then was much more fun than crashing computers now
    19. 19. 1988-2012
    20. 20. The Result• Programming for over 30 years• Visiting Research Fellow: Artist in Residence at Hertfordshire University• Co-director of Quadratura, creating audio/visual installations with sound artist Martin A. Smith• Head of Projective Geometry at the Institute of Unnecessary Research• Exhibited work at the V&A, Science Museum, Science Gallery, amongst others.
    21. 21. The Power of PixelsMiner Willy (1984) ANSI Gringo (1991)
    22. 22. 994,138 (2010) Each pixel represents a single human life lost in the UK during the first World War
    23. 23. Out of White (2009-2011)
    24. 24. Shadows of Light (2009-2011)
    25. 25. Animation Decathlon (2009)
    26. 26. Other WorkMy Robot Companion Recyclowave (2011-2012) (2009)
    27. 27. Thoughts• A generation was given the opportunity to write code and experiment with computer graphics, sound, and other I/O• General knowledge of the entire machine was both possible and invaluable• My artwork investigates the relationship between artwork, author, and viewer• I’m trying to communicate the feeling of externalisation that is both exciting and terrifying• Programming is not art
    28. 28. Lovely Pixels
    29. 29. Sinclair and Me
    30. 30. Alex May Website: www.bigfug.com Email: bigfug@gmail.com Twitter: @bigfugPerforming AV show at Watermans Gallery on June 23rd for Alan Turing’s 100th birthday celebration

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