A short history of computer art in Soviet bloc countries


Many of us think of little else than the history of computer art in former Soviet bloc countries and today our prayers are answered in the form of a curious paper that examines just this topic.

The paper says that the Soviet bloc country most advanced in this respect appears to have been Yugoslavia. The author, Eric Engle,  focuses on the role of computer art in the New Tendencies movement that grew up in and around Zagreb the late 1960s and early 70s in Yugoslavia.

Why was Yugoslavia the most advanced? One important factor that Engle identifies is the extent to which Soviet bloc countries embraced capitalism, which gave them access to more advanced western computers.

For various reasons, Yugoslavia was more open to the west than say East Germany or the USSR  and so its computer art became more advanced.

Ref: arxiv.org/abs/0809.0524: Computer Art in the (Former) Soviet Bloc

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