Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Apr 2014 19:19 UTC
Amiga & AROS

Via Ars Technica.

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.

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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.

Great to have this stuff preserved properly now. At the time, the Amiga was so ahead of the competition that most people didn't really understand what they were looking at. It took the competition - Apple, Microsoft - a decade, or even longer, to catch up. Andy Warhol demonstrated this huge technical lead by creating these works of art on the Amiga in 1985.

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RE: Questions
by Sauron on Fri 25th Apr 2014 04:00 UTC in reply to "Questions"
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It wasn't a "unknown" file format, only to them. I think they were expecting a PC formatted floppy and files. It all became clear when it was passed to a Amiga user to look at. The images were loaded for viewing in GraphiCraft.
The floppies were in quite good condition and according to the person who recovered them, they could have been recovered using a basic A500/A1200, but a Kryoflux was used for the job instead.
You can find a bit more info here http://eab.abime.net/showthread.php?t=73441. It becomes clear that most of it is the usual media hype and made up stories of woe.

That's very cool news for Warhol's fans (not me) and for vintage computer enthusiasts (me). I would have liked to know some more semi-technical details of the file recovery:

What was the unknown file format? Could it have been some in-house prototype / experimental software that was never commercially available? Or could the researchers have overlooked one of the drawing programs from that era?

What was the condition of the floppies after so much time? Was file reconstruction necessary due to deterioration of the magnetic media?

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