Andy Warhol’s Lost Artwork Recovered From 30-Year-Old Computer Disks
The artist seems to have created some of the earliest computer art in the 80's.
In December 2011 digital artist Cory Arcangel approached the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh with the idea of restoring the Commodore Amiga hardware in the museum’s collection and archiving the art on the associated disks. Little did he know that he would discover some of the earliest computer art from Warhol on the deteriorating 30-year-old floppies that held all the computers’ data.
Arcangel enlisted the help of 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) for the restoration. The data originally gave the impression of having been lost because computers in that era did not have hard drives. However, using a data recovery technique called KryoFlux allowed Arcangel to collect ‘archival dumps’ of data based on magnetic variations typically handled by the Amiga operating system.