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On display at V&A South Kensington
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Human Figure

Print
1968 (printed), 1968 (published)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This is one of a set of seven lithographs by different artists, published by Motif Editions in connection with Cybernetic Serendipity, a major exhibition held at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts in 1968. The portfolio includes two works by the Computer Technique Group, plus single works by Charles Csuri and James Shaffer, William Fetter, Maughan S. Mason, Donald K. Robbins, and Kerry Strand. The complete set was acquired by the Museum in 1969, at a cost of £5.

Fetter worked for the Boeing aircraft company, where he produced some of the first computer-aided drawings of the human figure. His ergonomic studies, such as this one, contributed to the design of the Boeing aeroplane cockpit. Fetter was one of the first people to use the term "computer graphics" and his wire-frame image of the pilot became known as "Boeing Man".


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Lithograph after a computer-generated plotter drawing
Brief Description
Lithograph after a computer graphic, entitled 'Human Figure' created by William Fetter at Boeing Computer Graphics. From the Cybernetic Serendipity collector's set, 1968.
Physical Description
Black and white lithograph; ergonomic study of the movements of a computer-generated human figure.
Dimensions
  • Height: 28cm
  • Length: 21.8cm
Gallery Label
  • Chance and Control: Art in the Age of Computers (2018) WILLIAM FETTER (1928–2002) Human Figure Published by Motif Editions, London, 1968 This print is one of a set of seven by different artists, published by Motif Editions to coincide with the Cybernetic Serendipity exhibition. Others from the set can be seen nearby. William Fetter and his team worked for the Boeing aircraft company, producing some of the first computer-aided drawings of the human figure. Their studies contributed to the design of the Boeing aeroplane cockpit. Made in the USA, about 1967 Lithograph, after a computer-generated plotter drawing Museum no. Circ.773-1969(07/07/2018-18/11/2018)
  • William Fetter 1928-2002 Human Figure 1968 Fetter worked for the Boeing aircraft company, where he produced some of the first computer-aided drawings of the human figure. His ergonomic studies, such as this one, contributed to the design of the Boeing 747's cockpit. This print was published in connection with Cybernetic Serendipity, a ground-breaking exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in 1968. Lithograph Published by Motif Editions, 1968 Museum no. Circ.773-1969(07/12/2009 - 20/06/2010)
Credit line
Acquired from Motif Editions in 1970.
Subject depicted
Summary
This is one of a set of seven lithographs by different artists, published by Motif Editions in connection with Cybernetic Serendipity, a major exhibition held at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts in 1968. The portfolio includes two works by the Computer Technique Group, plus single works by Charles Csuri and James Shaffer, William Fetter, Maughan S. Mason, Donald K. Robbins, and Kerry Strand. The complete set was acquired by the Museum in 1969, at a cost of £5.



Fetter worked for the Boeing aircraft company, where he produced some of the first computer-aided drawings of the human figure. His ergonomic studies, such as this one, contributed to the design of the Boeing aeroplane cockpit. Fetter was one of the first people to use the term "computer graphics" and his wire-frame image of the pilot became known as "Boeing Man".
Bibliographic Reference
Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1969
Collection
Accession Number
CIRC.773-1969

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record createdJune 30, 2009
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