Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts

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The Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts was a research centre at Middlesex University in North London. It played a significant role in the early development of computer graphics and continued to innovate in interactive media, sonic arts and moving image. It also provided postgraduate and undergraduate teaching.


A pen-plotted animated sequence from Keith Waters early work on 3D modeling of the Statue of Liberty 1987.

The Centre for Electronic Arts was renamed the Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts after the death of the computer graphics pioneer John Lansdown, its head from 1993 until 1997. Its roots lay in the work of John Vince to develop computer graphics at the University (then a Polytechnic). From the 1970s, Vince and others developed two suites of computer graphics subroutines in the FORTRAN programming language, initially to create line drawings of 2D and 3D objects and, later, full colour images with smooth Gouraud and Phong shading.

This work fed into short courses attended by media personnel.

In 1985, Middlesex had been awarded the status of National Centre for Computer Aided Art and Design, under Paul Brown. The UK's first MSc course in Computer Graphics was developed there. One graduate, Keith Waters, went on to a PhD in 1988, awarded for his development of a muscle-based model for facial animation.

White Heat Cold Logic records the pioneering role of Middlesex Polytechnic in British computer art from, as does the CACHe project.


Mason, Catherine (2004-11-11). "A Computer in the Art Room". Futures Past: Twenty Years of Arts Computing. Proc. CHArt Conference. Volume seven. Birkbeck College, London: CHArt. ISSN 1473-2157. Retrieved 2006-11-21. 

Brown, Paul; Gere, Charlie; Lambert, Nicholas; Mason, Catherine (2009). White Heat Cold Logic: British Computer Art 1960-1980. MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-262-02653-6. 

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