Ernest Edmonds

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Ernest Edmonds in 2008

Ernest Edmonds (born 1942, London, England) is a British artist, a pioneer in the field of computer art and its variants, algorithmic art, generative art, interactive art, from the late 1960s to the present. His work is represented in the Victoria and Albert Museum, as part of the National Archive of Computer-Based Art and Design.

Life and work[edit]

Ernest Edmonds is a pioneer of digital art. In 2017 he received the ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement In Digital Art.[citation needed] He also is an international expert on Human-Computer Interaction who specialises in creative technologies for creative uses. In 2017 he received the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award for the Practice of Computer Human Interaction.[citation needed] He was one of the first to predict the value of iterative design and a very early advocate of iterative design methods and Agile software development.[citation needed] He founded the ACM Creativity and Cognition Conference series and was part of the founding team for the ACM Intelligent User Interface conference series.[citation needed]

Edmonds studied Mathematics and Philosophy at Leicester University. He has a PhD in logic from the University of Nottingham, is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.[citation needed] He has nearly 300 refereed publications in the fields of human-computer interaction, creativity and art and was a pioneer in the development of practice-based PhD programmes. Ernest Edmonds is Emeritus Professor of Computational Art at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.[citation needed]


Edmonds’ art is in the constructivist tradition and he first used computers in his art practice in 1968.[1][2] He first showed an interactive work with Stroud Cornock in 1970.[3][4] He first showed a generative time-based computer work in London in 1985.[5] He has exhibited throughout the world, from Moscow to LA. The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, holds some of his artwork and is collecting his archives within the National Archive of Computer Based Art and Design.

In 2014, Edmonds curated a seminal historical exhibition, Automatic Art,[6] at GV art gallery, London.[7][8]

Selected exhibitions[edit]

  • 2017

Ernest Edmonds, De Montfort University Gallery Leicester UK
Constructs, Colour, Code: Ernest Edmonds 1967–2017

  • 2013

Ernest Edmonds, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney
Transformations: Digital Prints from the V&A collection, Royal Brompton Hospital, UK

  • 2012/3

Light Logic. Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK
Selected New Acquisitions. Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  • 2012

Intuition and Integrity, Kinetica, London; Lighthouse, Brighton; Lovebytes, Sheffield, Phoenix, Leicester
Transformations: Digital Prints from the V&A collection, Great Western Hospital, Swindon, UK
Visualise Poetry, Language, Code, Cambridge, UK

  • 2010

Grid Gallery, Vivid festival, Sydney

  • 2009

When Ideas Become Form—20 Years, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney
Cities Tango, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney and ISEA, Belfast

  • 2007

Ernest Edmonds and Alf Loehr, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney
Speculative Data and the Creative Imaginary, National Academy of Sciences Gallery, Washington DC
ColorField Remix, WPA\C Experimental Media Series (performance), Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC

  • 2005

White Noise, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne
Ernest Edmonds and David Thomas, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney
Minimal Approach… Concrete Tendencies, Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney

  • 2004

Australian Concrete Constructive Art, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney
SIGGRAPH Art Exhibition, Los Angeles
GRAPHITE Art Exhibition, Singapore
Sonar2004Festival, Barcelona

  • 2000

Global Echos. Mondriaanhuis, Amersfoort
Constructs & Reconstructions, Loughborough University
2000: Relativities, Bankside Gallery, London, and tour

  • 1999

Galerie Jean-Mark Laik, Koblenz Science in the Arts—Arts in Science, Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest

  • 1994

Digital Arts, The Mall Gallery, London
Friends of Mesures. Vervier and Antwerp

  • 1990

SISEA, Groningen—collaborative performance
Avant Garde 1990, Manege, Moscow
Art Creating Society. Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
Heads and Legs. Liege (one-person) including a collaborative performance

  • 1989

Constructivism versus Computer. Galerie FARO, World Trade Centre, Rotterdam
Re-Views: Contemporary systematic and constructive arts. The Small Mansion Arts Centre, London

  • 1988

Null-Dimension. Galerie New Space, Fulda (and 1989, Gmunden, Austria)

  • 1985

Duality and Co-existence. Exhibiting Space, London (one-person).

  • 1975

2nd International Drawing Biennale. Middlesbrough Art Gallery, Cleveland, and tour

  • 1972

Cognition and Control. Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham


  1. ^ Franco, Francesca (2013). "Exploring Creative Intersections: Ernest Edmonds and his time-based generative art". Digital Creativity. 24 (3): 225. doi:10.1080/14626268.2013.835699. S2CID 43488739.
  2. ^ Edmonds, Ernest (2002). "Structure in Art Practice: Technology as an Agent for Concept Development" (PDF). Leonardo. 35 (1): 65–71. doi:10.1162/002409402753689344. hdl:10453/981. S2CID 57562204.
  3. ^ Cornock, Stroud; Edmonds, Ernest (1973). "The Creative Process Where the Artist Is Amplified or Superseded by the Computer". Leonardo. 6 (1): 11–16. doi:10.2307/1572419. JSTOR 1572419. S2CID 193029252.
  4. ^ Edmonds, Ernest; Franco, Francesca (2013). "From Communication Game to Cities Tango". International Journal of Creative Computing. 1 (1): 120–121. doi:10.1504/IJCRC.2013.056938.
  5. ^ Franco, Francesca (2013). "Exploring Creative Intersections: Ernest Edmonds and his time-based generative art". Digital Creativity. 24 (3): 231. doi:10.1080/14626268.2013.835699. S2CID 43488739.
  6. ^ Automatic Art,,, 2014.
  7. ^ Automatic Art: Human & Machine Processes Make Art. Trebuchet Magazine (2016-05-13). Retrieved on 2016-05-17.
  8. ^ Ings, Simon. (2014-08-02) When art changes the rules for science. New Scientist. Retrieved on 2016-05-17.


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