Warhol works recovered from old Amiga disks

by Rachel Baker on April 24, 2014

This is pretty cool – it looks like Andy Warhol was ahead of the curve on figuring out how to use the digital medium to express oneself. I wonder what his account would have looked like if he’d had instagram…

A dozen previously unknown works created by Andy Warhol have been recovered from 30-year-old Amiga disks.

The art experiments were produced in 1985 by Warhol under commission from Commodore – creator of the Amiga computer.

Commodore paid the artist to produce a series of works to aid the launch of the Amiga 1000.

A painstaking three-year project was required to recover the images which were saved in an obscure data format.

Lost format
The digital images were discovered and recovered by staff and students who are members of Carnegie Mellon University’s computer club.

The club was enrolled in the attempt to find and restore the images by self-confessed Andy Warhol fanatic and artist Cory Arcangel. He noticed Warhol’s involvement in the Commodore Amiga launch thanks to a video uploaded to YouTube of the 1985 event.

At the launch news conference, Warhol used the Amiga’s graphics program to paint a portrait of Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry.

Read the full article:
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27141201

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