Laurie Spiegel working at the DDP-224 computer console at Bell Telephone Labs in the mid-1970s.
Photograph by Emmanuel Ghent, digital rendering by Laurie Spiegel

The Early Computer Arts at Bell Labs

Societal attitudes toward computers have changed greatly since our early days of trying for the first time to use computers to make various kinds of art (images, music, etc) a mere couple of decades ago. Whereas back then we were most commonly accused of attempting to completely dehumanize the arts, at this point there has become such widespread acceptance of these machines in the arts that there is now a good bit of interest in how this came to be.

This subsite will be expanded as my time permits, hopefully with contributed information from others (right now I have mostly just my own to draw on). Meanwhile, here are a few files I've already uploaded for you to browse:


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