Lost Andy Warhol Digital Artwork Recovered in Floppy Disk

By - April 24th, 2014

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Back in 1985, Andy Warhol participated in a live event meant to display the multimedia capabilities of the Amiga 1000, a newly released computer from the long defunct PC company Commodore International. Some of the pieces Warhol created with the Amiga 1000 included his famous Campbell’s soup can, a portrait of singer Debbie Harry (who joined him onstage during that ’85 event) and a pixelated take on Botticelli’s Venus. The rest were saved across a total of 41 Amiga floppy disks, which had long been forgotten in the Andy Warhol Museum’s archives in Pittsburgh. Efforts to retrieve the artwork were initiated by artist Cory Arcangel, who had stumbled upon a YouTube video of the Amiga 1000 launch. With help from students from Carnegie Mellon’s Computer Club, the team was able to extract the lost images, a process captured on film and made into a feature documentary. Trapped: Andy Warhol’s Amiga Experiments will premier May 10th at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art.

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