Andy Warhol gets a Floppy

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Words by Billie Jenkins

A quirk of magic happened the last week as eighteen images made by Pop Art legend Andy Warhol were found on a floppy disk. Made on an old-skool Amiga 1000 the pixelated paint jobs and photo manipulations depict favourites such as Campbell’s Soup and Ms Monroe. The lucky find was made after some sleuth detective work by Cory Archangel, a new media artist. After viewing a film of  Warhol making digital images on a machine in 1985 he located the images to a set of floppy disks which had been held by the Warhol Museum since 1994. Seeking the help of a uni computer club to pull together the out of date tech required to view the images they succeeded in bringing the works back to life. The eighteen images, twelve of which were ‘signed’, make a fascinating addition to Warhol’s work, which sees the same images repeated across so many forms of medium. Crude and ugly they add to the legend of a man who took repetition to exciting extremes, pushing the concept even when faced with a new world of technology. It is an ironic twist in the tale of a modern artist who dealt with the disposable nature of modern imagery that his own work was made obsolete, and almost forgotten in a sea of relegated technology we have been told is to dated to be of value.

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