Chance and Control: Art in the Age of Computers


Chance and Control: Art in the Age of Computers

The Old Library, Chester

Friday 7th June – Sunday 8th September 2019


Chester Visual Arts (CVA) is bringing the major V&A exhibition ‘Chance and Control: Art in the Age of Computers’ to Chester this summer.

Featuring key artworks from the pioneers of digital art over the last 50 years, this groundbreaking exhibition is being held in the city – its first touring venue following the V&A.

It’s being hailed as another significant milestone towards Chester Visual Arts’ objective of establishing a permanent contemporary art gallery in Chester.

With over 40,000 visitors having attended CVA exhibitions since 2017, organisers believe this third exhibition demonstrates the continued appetite for world-class visual art in the city.


Chance and Control

Since the 1960s, artists and programmers have used computers to create prints, drawings, paintings, photographs and digital artworks.

Chance and Control draws on the V&A’s rich international collection of computer-generated art and includes work by pioneering digital artists such as Frieder Nake and Georg Nees – who produced some of the earliest computer art – through to the younger generation of artists practicing today.

It offers viewers the rare opportunity to trace the chronological development of digital art, exploring how aspects of chance and control shaped the creative process and produced vivid and original artworks.



CVA will continue to develop its educational activities, which has seen new relationships forged with secondary schools and universities across the region over the last several months.

A dedicated programme of events, tours, workshops, and a travelling presentation will be available to secondary schools and colleges throughout the exhibition.  


“We’re delighted to strengthen our relationship”

Ian Short, chairman of Chester Visual Arts said: “We’re delighted to strengthen our relationship with the V&A by bringing this groundbreaking exhibition to Chester.

“Our lives are increasingly defined by our relationship with digital technologies; Chance and Control traces how artists were – and continue to be – at the vanguard of new possibilities.

“It is a very timely exhibition. The excellent visitor response to the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize demonstrates the continuing appetite for high-quality visual art in the city and the desire for a permanent gallery.”

Dr Helen Charman, director of learning and national programmes at the V&A: “Chance and Control explores the impact of the computer on the relationship between art and technology, within an important tradition at the V&A of collecting digital art and design.

“We are delighted to be collaborating with Chester Visual Arts for the third time in 2 years, so that this fascinating and timely display can be enjoyed by an even wider audience this summer.”


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