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plotter drawing - Matrix multiplication

Matrix multiplication

  • Object:

    plotter drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1968 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Nake, Frieder, born 1938 (computer artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    colour ink on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case DA, shelf 2

Physical description

The sheet of paper contains four squares made up of orange, red, blue, green and purple ink. Darker areas of colour appear where the ink has bleed. The colours have been assigned by mathematical process. In the top right square orange is the predominant colour interspersed with blue, purple, red and green. The other three squares are formed of vertical coloured lines.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1968 (made)


Nake, Frieder, born 1938 (computer artist)

Materials and Techniques

colour ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Typed on the bottom of paper:

written in pencil on the reverse:
aus dem Programm "Matrizen multiplikation" serie 36/1968, Frieder Nake
Matrix Multiplication

The image was computed on a AEG/Telefunken TR4 programmed in ALGOL 60 and plotted with a ZUSE Graphomat Z64.


Width: 50 cm, Height: 50 cm

Object history note

The plotter drawing was sold in the 1960s by Galerie Daedalus in Berlin. The gallery was run by Hanspeter Heidrich.

Descriptive line

Matrix multiplication, colour ink on paper, 1968 by Frieder Nake

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Ex Machina, frühe Computergrafik bis 1979 : die Sammlungen Franke und weitere Stiftungen in der Kunsthalle Bremen : Herbert W. Franke zum 80. Geburtstag : Kunsthalle Bremen, 17. Juni bis 26. Juli 2007 / herausgegeben von Wulf Herzogenrath und Barbara Nierhoff-Wielk = Ex Machina, early computer graphics up to 1979 : the Franke collections and other foundations at the Kunsthalle Bremen : for the 80th birthday of Herbert W. Franke / edited by Wulf Herzogenrath and Barbara Nierhoff-Wielk.


Plotter drawing




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