Richard Wright



Affiliation(s):


City of London Polytechnic and London Guildhall University

Location:


London, England, GB


Art Works:



Writings and Presentations:


Title: Computer Graphics as Allegorical Knowledge: Electronic Imagery in the Sciences
Writing Type: Paper
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 1990: Digital Image-Digital Cinema
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

This informal paper studies the effects of the recent introduction of computer-generated imagery on the practice of science and its function in understanding the world. It intends to introduce the subject of computerized visualization for scientific purposes into a wider debate, to show the diversity of issues involved-scientific, cultural and philosophical-and to build a context in which they can be critiqued. The author seeks to show the variety of scientific imaging and its influences on scientific knowledge; as both experiments and results are increasingly expressed in terms of imagery, the image assumes an integrity of its own and the object to which it refers becomes obscured. This leads to a shift of focus away from abstract theory as the embodiment of knowledge to the ascension of an allegorical image-based science with computer graphics as its natural language.

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Title: The Image in Art and 'Computer Art'
Writing Type: Paper
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 1989: Art Show
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Title: Soft Future
Writing Type: Essay
Author(s):
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 1993: Machine Culture
Abstract/Summary/Introduction:

Will you see a technological utopia, a city of gleaming metal spires orbiting spacecraft, a world spared from nuclear annihilation and united by a common belief in the benefits of rational progress? Nowadays, probably not. At most your vision is likely to be an end to recession, economic stability for at least a while, a new order of gray-suited bureaucracy. Perhaps you see nothing at all, just a hazy mist of half-forgotten ideals. But when I close my own eyes there is still something there lurking in the background, like a memory chopped up into disparate fragments. It coagulates, forming an surface-it is the surface of a computer screen.

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