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Photograph - Vertical-horizontal number three
  • Vertical-horizontal number three
    Noll, A. Michael , born 1939
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Vertical-horizontal number three

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    New Jersey (The computer generated art, of which this is a print, was made at Bell Labs, Murray Hill, New Jersey, made)

  • Date:

    1962-1963 (made)
    1970s (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Noll, A. Michael , born 1939 (computer artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Photography

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of A. Michael Noll © AMN 1965

  • Museum number:

    E.36-2011

  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

This is a photographic print of a computer-generated image originally created by A. Michael Noll at Bell Labs, Murray Hill, New Jersey. Noll has explained that "The position of the end points of the lines was chosen at random with a uniform probability density. One of the coordinates was then changed alternately to create horizontal and vertical lines."

Physical description

Photograph of a continuous and overlapping black line forming rectangles and squares on a white background.

Place of Origin

New Jersey (The computer generated art, of which this is a print, was made at Bell Labs, Murray Hill, New Jersey, made)

Date

1962-1963 (made)
1970s (printed)

Artist/maker

Noll, A. Michael , born 1939 (computer artist)

Materials and Techniques

Photography

Dimensions

Height: 28 cm, Length: 21.8 cm

Descriptive line

Photographic print, 'Vertical-Horizontal Number Three', by A. Michael Noll, New Jersey, ca.1962

Labels and date

Chance and Control: Art in the Age of Computers (2018)

A. MICHAEL NOLL (born 1939)
Vertical-Horizontal Number Three
USA, made 1962–63, printed 1970s

At the suggestion of Bell Labs, Noll attempted to copyright some of his images a few years after he first produced them. The US copyright office initially refused his request, stating that random works could not be copyrighted. After Noll explained that the randomness was calculated by the program, his application was granted.

Photographic print of a computer-generated image
Given by the artist
Museum no. E.36-2011 [07/07/2018-18/11/2018]

Techniques

Photography

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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