Creative Uses of Old Computers and Its Parts

It is everyone’s priority to make the computers you receive available to artists for any kind of public event. These events are documented and then exhibited on this page. This sharing of equipment is still in its infancy, and at present much of the work was made by few people,  who are coordinator of computersforart.org.

Constructed from 16 monitors and 60 computers in a dimly lit round basement space, the circular structure of The Blackhouse faces outwards, yet allows the viewer to look over and into complicated interior. Several computers run short audio loops; howling wind, rain and the occasional bird song. The monitors show a variety of images, from picture-perfect postcards views of Scotland, to computer generated landscapes, to a live link to a remote webcam positioned overlooking a quiet road passing the Cuillins, in Skye.computer_installation_07

 

Arch is a work in progress at this stage, and these photographs are essentially just documentation of a test, trying to use computer monitors to build more complicated structures. The Arch worked, and apart from one keyboard positioned as a keystone, had no external support. However, the next day I tried to construct another arch perpendicular to the first, to create a structure close to an igloo, the whole thing collapsed, breaking 2 monitors.

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Chant was a one-day installation/performance using around 40 Apple computers, based in the same basement space as The Blackhouse. Each computer in the installation was running basic text-to-speech software, which processed a text file designed to sound like a chant, by using long strings of repeated vowels. The end result was a confusing mass of computer_chant_04synthesised computer voices, running slightly out of sync with each other, but forming a definite chant, similar to Gregorian monk song.

Made entirely out of computer equipment, “Untitled (Blue)” was a large, circular structure standing over 6ft tall and around 10ft in diameter. The structure had an entranceway which allowed the viewer to enter inside. 
Using around 100 computers and 60 monitors, with almost everything turned on, the sculpture generated a powerful electrical field which permeated the air inside and outside its walls. This was felt the most when inside, as it combined with the bright electric-blue light of the monitors to create a very different, usual space and experience that verges on the spiritual. Viewers were free to stay and sit inside the space, as many did for quite long periods of time.

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