R. John Lansdown (1929- 1999) was Professor Emeritus at Middlesex University and subsequently the Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts was named after him. After he passed away, his archive was donated to the University where it now resides in the Library stack.
Lansdown began his career as an architect in the early 1960s and soon began using computing technology in his work. His interest in computers soon spread to his other interests in the arts and in 1968 he co-founded the Computer Arts Society in the UK along with Alan Sutcliffe and George Mallen.
In 2012 Dr Stephen Boyd Davis (now Royal College of Art) and Dr Simone Gristwood received funds from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and Architecture to investigate and study the archive.
So far, it has been found that the archive contains many important documents and records relating to the wide and varied interests of Lansdown, ranging from Architecture, Artificial Intelligence, performance art, Dance and poetry. This was represented not only by Lansdown himself, but by works of other known pioneers of British Computer Art such as Colin Emmett and Harold Cohen. Lansdown’s work in an international context, particularly his contributions to debates on both sides of the Atlantic, and his extensive writings and educational work, are also a fundamental component to this archive.
For further information please contact s.gristwood[at]mdx.ac.uk
For information about access to the archive please visit the library special collections web pages and click on the link to John Lansdown Archive