compArt daDA: the database Digital Art

The compArt database Digital Art (daDA) is a growing repository on digital art. It currently focusses on five top categories: people (in their roles as artists, authors, gallerists, etc.), works, events, publications, and institutions. We use the slightly problematic term “digital art” in a broad sense. More or less like: in order to be included, an entity of the data base must have its roots in operations by digital computers; or reflect on such entities, or be otherwise related to them. But we allow for some sloppiness: we also insert entities of historic relevance to digital art.

We are currently restricting attention to the early phase of digital art. As those we consider the years from about 1950 to 1979, the year of the first Festival Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria. During those years, digital art was mainly algorithmic art. At some later time, we intend to include other forms of digital art. We already now occasionally accept works, artists, etc. that bear enough of a stylistic kinship with early digital art.

We almost exclusively deal with visual art. But here also, we allow for exceptions as, e.g., some entries from early computer music.

Please, send us observations of any kind, critical or other, on any aspect of this site.

“compArt | center of excellence digital art” is a project at the University of Bremen, Germany. It is dedicated to research and development in art, computing, design, and teaching. It has received support from the Rudolf Augstein Stiftung, the University of Bremen, the Karin und Uwe Hollweg Stiftung Bremen, and the Volkswagen Stiftung.

Rudolf Augstein Stiftung