Richard Hamilton Diab DS-101 Computer 1985–9

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Richard Hamilton 1922–2011
Diab DS-101 Computer
Date 1985–9
Medium Minicomputer
Dimensions Object: 700 x 500 x 500 mm
Acquisition Presented by Eddie Thordèn 1996
Not on display

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Much of Hamilton's work has been concerned with merging the boundaries between fine art and advanced design and technology. In 1983 he was invited by a Swedish manufacturer to collaborate on the design for a minicomputer, and responded with this simple three-part box design. Hamilton has frequently engaged with the idea of the 'ready-made' art object. But whereas the ready-made is usually disassociated from its function, Hamilton has made an object whose practical use is paramount. The computer could be described as the ultimate 'intelligent object'.

August 2004

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