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Portrait Virus

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Pasadena (made)

  • Date:

    29/10/1992-01/11/1992 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Prince, Patric D. (curator)
    Crimzon, Liz (artist)
    Kaul, Paras (artist)
    Pike, Tom (artist)
    Reiser, Beverly (artist)
    Wright, Michael (artist)
    CyberArts - group (group)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour ink-jet print on paper of a computer altered digital photograph

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patric Prince

  • Museum number:

    E.987:5-2008

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case PAT, shelf 5

This is an image from a portfolio of information about the Portrait Virus event. The portfolio also includes the following text description of the project:

"The inaugural PORTRAIT VIRUS event took place at CYBERARTS, Pasadena Convention Center, Oct. 29 - Nov. 1, 1992. The event was organised to create digital portraits via a computer network.

The Amiga computer system, operated by Michael Wright, was established as the first link of the network and was used to scan in black and white portraits of participants in real time.

Next file formats containing portrait data were converted to Macintosh file formats and transferred to a second link, a Mac workstation. Artist, Liz Crimzon, painted backgrounds for the portraits.

A second Macintosh, linked to the first Mac by an internal network, was operated by Paras Kaul who sent the computer enhanced portraits by modem from a phone line at the Convention Center to Paras Productions in Washington, D. C.

At this location computer graphic campaign buttons for the democratic party were added. Portraits were then sent back to the Amiga workstation which was connected to a 16 monitor video wall at the Convention Center where they were viewed by CYBERARTS participants."

Physical description

Colour ink-jet print depicts the portrait of a perhaps Afro-Caribbean woman with added colouring and background drawings in colour. Beside the face on the right is a circle (diameter 8cm) containing a black and white blurry photograph of the White House with the inscription 'Clinton '92' in yellow and another banner with a partly undecipherable inscription.

Place of Origin

Pasadena (made)

Date

29/10/1992-01/11/1992 (made)

Artist/maker

Prince, Patric D. (curator)
Crimzon, Liz (artist)
Kaul, Paras (artist)
Pike, Tom (artist)
Reiser, Beverly (artist)
Wright, Michael (artist)
CyberArts - group (group)

Materials and Techniques

Colour ink-jet print on paper of a computer altered digital photograph

Marks and inscriptions

'Clinton '92 [and partly undecipherable inscription] Republican.....??'
Inscription in circle beside portrait.

Dimensions

Length: 28 cm, Width: 21.8 cm

Object history note

The inaugural Portrait Virus event, curated by Patric D. Prince, took place at Cyberarts, Pasadena Convention Centre, Oct. 29 - Nov. 1, 1992. The event was organised to create digital portraits via a computer network.
The Amiga computer system, operated by Michael Wright, was established as the first link of the network and was used to scan in black and white portraits of participants in real time.
Next file formats containing portrait data were converted to Macintosh file formats and transferred to a second link, a Mac workstation. Artist Liz Crimzon, painted backgrounds for the portraits,
A second Macintosh, linked to the first Mac by an internal network, was operated by Paras Kaul who sent the computer enhanced portraits by modem from a phone line at the Convention Centre to Paras Productions in Washington, D. C.
At this location computer graphic campaign buttons for the democratic party were added.
Portraits were then sent back to the Amiga workstation which was connected to a 16 monitor video wall at the Convention Centre where they were viewed by Cyberarts participants.

Descriptive line

Inkjet print, being part of portfolio of a documentation of the event / exhibition, 'Portrait Virus', curated by Patric Prince for CyberArts, Pasadena Convention Centre, 1992.

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Inkjet printing; Digital imaging; Photography

Subjects depicted

Woman

Categories

Prints; Portraits; Politics; Photographs; Computer Art

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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