An exhibition celebrating computer science pioneer Alan Turing is being organised by members of the faculty.
11 Jan 2012
An exhibition celebrating the life of computer science pioneer Alan Turing is being organised by staff at the University of Brighton.
Principal lecturer in Digital Media Arts at the Faculty of Arts, Sue Gollifer, is part of the curating team for the exhibition, which is titled “Intuition and Ingenuity”: An Art Exhibition in Celebration of the Life of Alan Turing. She is collaborating with Anna Dumitriu, Creative Communications course leader at Brighton and Sussex Medical School and artist and co-chair of the Alan Turing Year, Arts and Culture Sub-committee and Nick Lambert, lecturer in Digital Arts and Culture at Birkbeck, University of London and chair of the Computer Arts Society.Turing is credited with inventing the digital computer, helping to decode the German Enigma machine during World War II, and founding the science of Artificial Intelligence.
Sue said: “Alan Turing is considered to be one of the greatest minds Britain has ever produced and 2012 marks the centenary of his birth. The world today would have been a very different place without him and his ideas.
“Turing’s work on morphogenesis (the biological processes that cause organisms to grow in a particular shapes) and the now famous ‘Turing Test’ for machine intelligence have captured the imagination of artists for decades, whilst his technological developments have given them the tools to create new kinds of artworks.”
The group exhibition, which explores Turing’s enduring influence on art and contemporary culture, includes work by a number of important artists, from digital art pioneers to emerging contemporaries, to investigate Turing’s enduring influence on art and contemporary culture: Roman Verostko, boredomresearch, Patrick Tresset, Paul Brown, Ernest Edmonds, Anna Dumitriu and Alex May.
The exhibition takes its name from Turing’s own writing on the subject of mathematical reasoning.
“Intuition and Ingenuity” will tour throughout 2012. For more information, visit:
The exhibition will premiere at Kinetica Art Fair in London in February: www.kinetica-artfair.com and then transfer to Lighthouse in Brighton as part of Brighton Science Festival and will tour throughout 2012 including the Lovebytes Festival in Sheffield, 22-24 March: www.lovebytes.org.uk.
“Intuition and Ingenuity” is supported by the Computer Arts Association, Birkbeck, University of London, Bournemouth University, University of Hertfordshire and the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour.
Link to a free downloadable copy of Art Space, Digital Creativity - dedicated to the Alan Turing Exhibition - Intuition and Ingenuity published by Taylor Francis