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last name: Longson
first name: Tony

Prof. Tony Longson is one of the major innovators and forces in the field of computer graphics. His work is recognized throughout the world, appearing in the Reading University Collection (England); Gemeente Museum (The Hague, Holland); Congressgebouw (Scheveningen, Holland); Arts Council of Great Britain; WED Enterprises (California); Carl Machover Collection; and various private collections.

He is involved in the California State University L.A., U.S.A at the animation degree program with interests in multimedia production.

“Disciplines such as drawing or photography are often refferd to in art education as “visual languages.” I believe that programming is more than a visual language – it is a “creative language.” the program can encapsulate an idea. It providea a vehicle for expressing the idea and a method for discovering a creative solution. Then with the right output mechanism the technology can make the idea visible." – (Tony Longson)


1973 Working at Newcastle upon Tyne, Polytechnic. 2 year research fellowship. Exposed to programming with FORTRAN. Start of technologically mediated art.
Started to integrate technology into the creative curriculum.
1974 Artist Fellowship at the Hatfield Polytechnic (University of Hertfordshire), Computer Science Department, England.
Worked on the DEC GT40 vector diplay machine hooked with a PDP 10 computer and a Milling machine to Design in 3D.
Got Three year extension and produced Space Drawings – Exhibition. met John Lansdowne.
1975 Featured in the movie ‘Idea, Experiment,Result’ sponsored by IBM Germany.
1978 Shifted to London.
Early 1980’s Set up the Computer Graphics program in the art and design department of the West Coast University, Los angeles + Calstate, Los Angeles.
1980 Four Groups. Art Research Center, Kansas City.
1980 Non-Standard Constructions (Law Longson Pope). Museum of Modern Art, Oxford. U.K
1981 Waves in Space:New Art and Technology. Downey Museum of Art.
1981 Congressional Exhibition of High Technology. New Library of Congress Building and Electro Arts Gallery, San Francisco.
1983 The Artist and The Computer. Long Beach Museum of Art.
1983 Los Angeles SIGGRAPH – Visual Dynamics Showcase.
1986 SIGGRAPH 1986, Dallas. Computer Art – a 20 Year Retrospective.
1986 Art with Computers. Sheraton Gallery, Dallas.
1987 Second Emerging Expression Biennale. Bronx Museum of the Arts. NY.
1987 SIGGRAPH ’86 touring show. CalState, Los Angeles.
1987 Visualization with Computers: EDUCOM. CalState, Los Angeles.
1988 CRASH Computer Assisted Hardcopy. Beloit Museum. Madison, Wisconsin.
1989 Faculty Art Exhibit. CalState, Los Angeles.
1990 Art 90: Los Angeles Open Festival
1992 Generation. EZTV Gallery West Hollywood.
1993 Dispositions. Century Gallery, Sylmar.
1993 Reconstruction. Sam Francis Gallery, Santa Monica.
1994 Faculty Now. Art Gallery, CalState, Los Angeles.
1994 UK/LA Ex Patriates (Hockney, Longson, Rose) Boritzer Gray Gallery. Santa Monica.
1995 Digital SITE. SITE Gallery, Los Angeles.
1995 SIGGRAPH ‘95 Art Show
1996 Diverse Visions: CalState, Los Angeles
1996 L.A. Digilantes. Museum of Arts Downtown Los Angeles.
1997 SIGGRAPH Travelling Art Show.
1997 An Artful Celebration. Luckman Gallery, CalState, Los Angeles.
1997 Digital Salon ‘97. School of Visual Arts, New York.
2004 “Scratch Code”, Bitforms Gallery, New York.
2005 SYNAPSE, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art.
2006 Hacking the Timeline: EZTV, Digilantism and the LA Digital Arts Movement.18th St. Gallery, Santa Monica, California.
2006 “Scratch Code”, Daelim Museum of Contmporary Art. Korea.
2009 Out of School, City of Brea Art Gallery,California.USA.
posted about 1 month ago
Tony I came across your report of the fellowship at JPL recently when turning out some old papers. I hope you are well and enjoying life,. As I sit here I am looking at one of the pictures you gave me. I have lost contact with Bob Holzman - do you know how he is? Best wishes Gordon Bull
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