Short Film Takes You Inside the Recovery of Andy Warhol’s Lost Computer Art

A couple weeks back, we told you how Carnegie Mellon’s Computer Club used its tech savoir-faire to recover nearly 30 paintings that Andy Warhol made on the Amiga computer back in the 1980s. It involved restoring some Amiga hardware housed at the Andy Warhol Museum and then performing acts of “forensic retrocomputing,” which meant reverse-engineering the “completely unknown file format” in which Warhol saved his images. The Hillman Photography Initiative captured the whole process on film, and created a short movie called Trapped: Andy Warhol’s Amiga Experiments. It premiered Saturday, May 10 at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Library Lecture Hall and it’s also now online. Watch it above. One interesting thing you’ll learn along the way: Steve Jobs originally asked Warhol to make his paintings on an early Mac. But the artist opted for the Commodore Amiga instead. Below, you can actually see Warhol paint Debbie Harry on the Amiga.

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Find Trapped: Andy Warhol’s Amiga Experiments on our list of Free Documentaries, part  of our larger collection: 4,000+ Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, Documentaries & More.

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