From August 1953 to May 1954 strange love-letters appeared on the notice board of Manchester University’s Computer Department:
YOU ARE MY AVID FELLOW FEELING. MY AFFECTION CURIOUSLY CLINGS TO YOUR PASSIONATE WISH. MY LIKING YEARNS FOR YOUR HEART. YOU ARE MY WISTFUL SYMPATHY: MY TENDER LIKING.
M. U. C.
The acronym M.U.C. stood for “Manchester University Computer”, the earliest electronic, programmable and universal calculating machine worldwide; the fully functional prototype was completed in June 1948 and was based on Williams tubes as means of volatile storage. One of the very first software developers, Christopher Strachey (1916–1975), had used the built-in random generator of the Ferranti Mark I, the first industrially produced computer of this kind, to generate texts that are intended to express and arouse emotions.
LoveLetters_1.0. MUC=Resurrection. A Memorial.
David LinkZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany, April – August 2009
"Fun With Software", Arnolfini, Bristol, UK, 25 Sep – 21 Nov 2010
"An das Gerät!", Halle 14, Leipzig, 1 May – 26 September 2010, and ACC Gallery, Weimar, 17 Oktober 2010 – 2 January 2011
Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin, 2 June 2012 – 8 September 2012
dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel, 9 June 2012 – 16 September 2012