Living in an age of golden iPhones, laptops lighter than loaves of bread, and tablets that function as CPUs, it can be easy to take our digital media for granted. But back in the day, preserving computer-generated work was more difficult. Did you know that in 1985, Andy Warhol was commissioned by Commodore to create images for their new Amiga 1000 personal computer? The artist created signature pop art works, with familiar motifs like Marilyn Monroe and Campbell’s soup cans, as well as more experimental images like a representation of the goddess Venus. Until recently, the work was thought to be lost forever.
Not anymore! The Computer Club at Carnegie Melon University was able to recover 28 digital images that Warhol created using the Amiga 1000. The images were stored on floppy disks that remained untouched in the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh until the team got together to shed more light on what an incredible artist Warhol really was.
Check out this short documentary detailing how computer scientists and artists worked together to restore the once-lost digital works of the great Andy Warhol.