Henry in Leonardo Posted: 04 March 2018

Elaine's article "The Contribution of Desmond Paul Henry (1921-2004) to Twentieth Century Computer Art" is to be published in the Art and Technology Journal Leonardo (Volume 51, Issue 2, April 1st 2018  MIT Publication). 

An appreciation of Henry by Professor Jai Chuhan Posted: 04 March 2018

Read Professor Chuhan's appreciation of Henry's machine-generated art of the 1960s. Jai knew Henry personally and was integral in encouraging Henry's daughter Elaine, to embark upon her contextual PhD on the subject of 1960's machine-generated art.

DP Henry: Drawing with Machines, with Spontaneous Exhilaration

New Jack Tait web-site, featuring his Homage to Henry Drawing Machine Posted: 16 October 2017

In the absence of any fully functioning drawing machines of Henry’s, in 2015, Dr. Jack Tait, an avid life-long creator of analogue based drawing machines himself, completed a reverse engineering project to create a Homage To Henry Machine (the HHM) which successfully replicates curvilinear, abstract images very similar to Henry’s.

Homage to Henry machine in action.

Serendipity Symposium, Strawberry Hill, London, 15/06/ 2017 Posted: 16 October 2017

AISB Members Workshop VIII: Serendipity Symposium

This one-day symposium on the theme of ‘serendipity’ was a first attempt to gather the world’s
leading ‘serendiptologists’ in one room. As such, this event brought together researchers in computing, the arts, sciences, and other fields of cultural endeavour. To mark the historic nature of this
occasion the event was held in the Waldegrave Drawing Room at St Mary’s
University, adjacent to Strawberry Hill House, the gothic castle in
Twickenham built by Horace Walpole, who invented the concept of
‘serendipity’ in 1754. A most interesting tour of Strawberry Hill House was included
in the programme.


Elaine O’Hanrahan’s contribution was entitled: The role of chance in the machine-generated art of Computer Art pioneer, Desmond Paul Henry (1921-2004)

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Manchester University Henry Display May 2017 Posted: 16 October 2017

Henry Display

The artist’s daughter, Elaine, and Henry's grandson, standing by one of the display panels.

Celebration of the new Computer Science History display (Manchester University)


An event to celebrate the new history display in the Kilburn Building took place on Friday 5th May. The display exhibits the life and work of Desmond Henry. Desmond was a member of the Philosophy Department here, and was one of the earliest people to realise that computers, though designed for calculation, could be use to create artworks. The display includes some of the art he created using electromechanical analogue computers.
The celebration was a splendid event, attended by members of Desmond’s family, including his daughter Elaine who keeps his archive, staff from the Philosophy Department who knew Desmond, staff involved in the development of the display, including the university historian, James Hopkins, people from local art galleries, and members of this School. Robert Stevens opened the event and then there were various contributions discussing the history and context of Desmond’s work, led by Elaine. Some fascinating aspects of history were raised, including Alan Turing’s links with the Philosophy Department, and the influence of the C19th logic engines of William Jevons, developed here in Manchester. A big thanks to Karon Mee for the arrangements for this event.

By Professor David Rydeheard, School of CS newsletter, 09/05/2017

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