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.


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[3]: dedicated chips...
by leech on Fri 25th Apr 2014 17:53 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: dedicated chips..."
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Sure does seem that way, doesn't it. The fact that Commodore broke up the awesome team that created the A1000, so they only ended up with two slight increases, the ECS and AGA, and didn't give enough money to the engineers to get the AAA chipset out...

It sadly all blew up. Atari had so many issues as well, and just didn't have the money to continue without someone buying them up. It'd be nice if there were a new Atari console out to compete with Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo. But who has money to compete with that?

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