Unknown Warhols found on Amiga Floppy Disks from 1985

Andy Warhol hatte damals in den 80ern ziemlich viel mit dem Commodore Amiga am laufen, bei der Vorstellung des Commodore A1000 malte er auf der Bühne ein Portrait von Debbie „Blondie“ Harry, hier ein Video davon. Warhol hatte dann auch noch ein Interview in der Amiga World und offensichtlich haben sie ihm so 'ne Kiste zuhause hingestellt, denn nun haben sie im Keller des Warhol Museums dutzende neuer Arbeiten von Warhol auf vor sich hingammelnden Amiga Floppy Disks gefunden. Damit wäre Retrocomputing und Digitale Archäologie nun wohl offiziell im Kunstbetrieb angekommen: Previously Unknown Warhol Works Discovered on Floppy Disks from 1985. (via Bruce Sterling)

A multi-institutional team of new-media artists, computer experts, and museum professionals have discovered a dozen previously unknown experiments by Andy Warhol (BFA, 1949) on aging floppy disks from 1985.

The purely digital images, “trapped” for nearly 30 years on Amiga® floppy disks stored in the archives collection of The Andy Warhol Museum (AWM), were discovered and extracted by members of the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Computer Club, with assistance from the AWM’s staff, CMU’s Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry (FRSCI), the Hillman Photography Initiative at the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA), and New York based artist Cory Arcangel.

Warhol’s Amiga experiments were the products of a commission by Commodore International to demonstrate the graphic arts capabilities of the Amiga 1000 personal computer. Created by Warhol on prototype Amiga hardware in his unmistakable visual style, the recovered images reveal an early exploration of the visual potential of software imaging tools, and show new ways in which the preeminent American artist of the 20th century was years ahead of his time.

Das PDF mit den technischen Details zu den Disks, Fileformaten, benutzten Emulatoren und Konvertern und Warhols Hardware ist nochmal extraspannend, hier nur mal die Zahlen zu den entdeckten Artworks:

By the Numbers

40 Disks archived
4 (of which 2 affected used spce) Disks with bad seclors (severe corruption)
9 (of which 5 affected data files) Disks with any form of observable filesystem damage
10 Disks with Warhol-added files
16 Disks of which copies do not seem to exist online
1 (plus 1 partially recovered) Signed works (incl. any comprised of just a signature)
2 Unsigned works clearly in Warhol's style
1 Works possibly by Warhol but not clearly attributable
12 Apparently-unmodified video frame captures (including possibly basic colorizing)
3 Modified video frame captures (including possibly substantial recolorizing)
2 Animation files possibly by Warhol but not clearly attributable