Computers and the History of Art
CHArt was established in 1985 by art and design historians who happened also to be computer enthusiasts. Initially a forum for the exchange of ideas between people who were using computers in their research, the largely academic membership was soon augmented by members from museums and art galleries, as well as individuals involved in the management of the visual and textual archives and libraries relevant to the subject.
CHArt is a society open to all who have an interest in the application of computers to the study of art and design. We hold an annual conference and publish the conference proceedings, run an email discussion list and keep in contact with our members through a newsletter. You will find further details of all our publications and activities on this website.
Conformity, Process and Deviation: Digital Arts as 'Outsider'
CHArt 2014 conference, part of the UNDERGROUND
Digital engagement with art is thriving. Much of it is actively subversive of the traditional frameworks that enable art to be created and responded to – whether casually or professionally. This subversion takes various forms, including notions of value, uniqueness, fixity and location. The CHArt 2014 Conference wishes to explore the role of digital technologies in the underground creation, display, consumption and study of art. The online Urban Dictionary defines underground as follows: "A genre in music and other forms of media intended for an elite audience, that is often characterized by its high levels of originality and experimentation, and does not conform to typical standards, trends, or hypes as set by the popular mainstream media.” If emerging conformity and new processes must be disrupted; then what is mainstream; and what is not? – and who can tell?
Participation is sought from all sections of the CHArt community: art historians, artists, archaeologists, architects and architectural theorists and historians, philosophers, archivists, curators, conservators, educators, scientists, cultural and media theorists, content providers, technical developers, users and critics. CHArt will feature theoretical papers and demonstrations of academic and artistic work addressing – metaphorically or literally – questions of subversive content, design and communication, including:
The provisional programme will be made available shortly. You can register online now.
CHArt can offer assistance with the conference fees for up to four student delegates. For more information about the Helene Roberts Bursary see the application form. Application deadline: 1 September 2014.
How to become a member of CHArt
- CHArt Yearbook 2005: DIGITAL ART HISTORY. A Subject in Transition: Exploring Practice in a Network Society
- CHArt Yearbook 2006: Futures Past: Thirty Years of Arts Computing
- CHArt Yearbook 2007: DIGITAL VISUAL CULTURE. Theory and Practice
- Theory and Practice (CHArt 2005)
- CHArt Newsletter Spring 2010 edition
- Computers and the History of Art ISSN 1048-6798, published by Harwood Academic Publishers - abstracts and back issues
CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS ONLINE:
- Display: Consume: Respond - Digital Engagement with Art (CHArt 2012)
- The Challenge of Ubiquity in Digital Culture (CHArt 2011)
- Technology and ‘the death of Art History’ (CHArt 2010)
- Object and Identity in a Digital Age (CHArt 2009)
- Seeing... Vision and Perception in a Digital Culture (CHArt 2008)
- Digital Archive Fever (CHArt 2007)
- Fast Forward - Art history, curation and practice after media (CHArt 2006)
- Theory and Practice (CHArt 2005)
- Futures Past: Twenty Years of Arts Computing (CHArt 2004)
- Abstracts from earlier conferences (2003-1997)
CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS ONLINE:
- Technology and ‘the death of Art History’ (CHArt 2010) In progress - papers are being added as they are processed (updated May 2013)
- Object and Identity in a Digital Age (CHArt 2009) - In progress - papers are being added as they are processed (updated November 2013)
- Seeing... Vision and Perception in a Digital Culture (CHArt 2008) - In progress - papers are being added as they are processed
- Digital Archive Fever (CHArt 2007) - In progress - papers are being added as they are processed
- Fast Forward - Art history, Curation and Practice after Media (CHArt 2006 conference)
- Theory and Practice (CHArt 2005 conference)
- Futures Past: Twenty Years of Arts Computing (CHArt 2004 conference)
- Convergent Practices: New Approaches to Art and Visual Culture (CHArt 2003 conference)
- Digital Art History? Exploring Practice in a Network Society (CHArt 2002 conference)
- Digital Art History - A subject in Transition (CHArt 2001 conference)
- Moving the Image: Visual Culture and the New Millennium (CHArt 2000 conference)
- Digital Environments: Design, Heritage and Architecture (CHArt 1999 conference)
CHArt's annual conferences - read abstracts of papers from our recent conferences.
CHArt's email discussion list (Joining instructions & message archives)
The CHArt Committee
This site was last updated on 4 July 2014
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