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CyBerArt: F.C. Tull

About ten years ago Artist F.C.Tull began experimenting with the idea of creating an artform that blended high technology with traditional Fine Art. He began collaging computer components into his abstract paintings utilizing printed circuit boards, resistors, capacitors, diodes, silicon wafers, and other electronic parts he discovered at electronics swap meets in Silicon Valley. Since artists using computers to create digital art defined their medium as Computer Art, F.C. Tull chose the name CyBerArt to describe the mixed media conceptual pieces he was creating.F.C. Tull grew up in what is now Silicon Val1ey.

While studying at the University of California he discovered cybernetics, the harbinger of what is now called the information highway. Named by physicist Norbert Weiner, cybernetics derives from the Greek word kybernetes , which means "helmsman". Weiner conceived of information feedback control systems that led to the development of computers. On/off, 1-0, information is processed at blinding speeds. Obsolescence increases exponentially leaving billions of dollars in research and development to the scrap heap. Enter the artist, the helmsman, deconstructing the information hardware, recycling function into form, elevating mechanical transience to the aesthetic level. The art of the information age.Traditionally, artists have created and depicted images from their immediate environment from the level of technology of their particular age. With a virtual rainbow of colors, textures, shapes, and forms externalized from electronic media, F.C. Tull follows in the tradition of Picasso, Braque, and Duchamp, in utilizing "found objects" in his artistic compositions. Further developments have included digital Iris prints that utilize computer technology to scan and print limited edition images that are hand collaged, such as "Resistance of Memory". Perhaps the ultimate CyBerArt statement was the creation of the interactive "talking" painting. Starting with a single ply copper and fiberglass PC board ( 20-30 are usually compressed to make an actual printed circuit board) , the artist created an abstract composition on one side with a bas relief of the circuitry exposed in the translucent pigment. Framed with a clear Plexiglas backing and lighted from the rear, a reverse abstract with electronic schematic was visible giving the composition four dimensions. Using a computer with voice recognition and lighting control dialog could be programmed to respond to the artists voice that triggered the programmed responses. The alchemy of "mirror, mirror, on the wall" ; or maybe the wizard of Oz, or as Timothy Leary said: "Cyberdelic!"


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