Computers for the Arts.

[Somerville, Mass.]: Abyss Publications, 1970.

Octavo-sized stapled booklet in wrappers (22 x 14.5 cm.), [16] pages (intermittently paginated). FIRST & ONLY PRINTING. An early work on computer art from Dick Higgins, influential founder of the Something Else Press. Two artworks involving data processing are documented. The first, Hank and Mary, by Dick Higgins and James Tenney, uses the computer to produce all possible permutations of the individual words "Hank", "Shot", "Mary", "Dead", and a blank space. "Since computer time (the time needed to rate a particular program) is extremely expensive, it is billed no by the job, but by the minutes. Note that the time at the end is shown to be 1.64 minutes, as opposed to the 16 hours needed to make the original typewritten version." The second work is Alison Knowles' Proposition no. 2 for Emmett Williams. Both works employ Fortran for the operation. Some soiling to the printed yellow wrappers, otherwise very good. Scarce.

Price: $200.00