Nothing is better than watching great art pieces made 30 years ago by old machines. "Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959-1989" in Museum of Modern Art shows lots of artworks, design pieces, and equipment at the time when computers just began to be widely used. The works in the show are made by everyone from composer John Cage and systems theorist Buckminster Fuller to IBM and Apple. The exhibited works and tools include generated geometries, video installations and digital printings that demonstrate the early versions of technology today, such as CNC machine and projector.
This exhibition explores the evolving relationships between digital tools and digital art. At that age when computers come, digital art was more focused on exploring new forms of art, like generative art, interactive art. When an old low-pixel screen is flickering and the graphic is moving. It's still hard to imagine how intelligent people are at that time. Even today, these works are inspired and provide so many possibilities for today's digital art. Overall, This exhibition is more like an overview of how 20th-century visionaries saw early computers as both powerful tools and objects of curiosity and creativity. And that's why these old computers called thinking machines.