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  • Werkstatt Edition Kroll
    Nees, Georg, born 1926 - died 2016
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Werkstatt Edition Kroll

  • Object:

    print

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)
    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1970 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Nees, Georg, born 1926 - died 2016 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screenprint after a computer-generated artwork programmed on a Siemens System 4004 and drawn on a Zuse-Graphomat flatbed drawing machine

  • Museum number:

    E.2776-2016

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case BLUE CAGE

Georg Nees (1926-2016) is considered one of the founders of computer art and graphics. He was also one of the first people to exhibit his computer graphics, at the studio gallery of the Technische Hochschule in Stuttgart in February 1965. Nees studied mathematics and physics at the universities of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Stuttgart. He subsequently worked for Siemens as a software engineer, and was instrumental in their purchasing a 'Zuse Graphomat', a drawing machine operated by computer-generated punched tape. The machine was capable of creating geometric patterns and, although the programming language that Nees used (ALGOL) was designed specifically for scientific computers, Nees used it to create aesthetic images such as this one.
In 1969 he received his doctorate on the subject of Generative Computer Graphics under Max Bense, the German philosopher and writer.

Physical description

Red silkscreen print with black polygons in a circle motif

Place of Origin

Germany (made)
Germany (made)

Date

1970 (made)

Artist/maker

Nees, Georg, born 1926 - died 2016 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Screenprint after a computer-generated artwork programmed on a Siemens System 4004 and drawn on a Zuse-Graphomat flatbed drawing machine

Dimensions

Height: 28 cm, Length: 21.8 cm

Descriptive line

Silkscreen print by Georg Nees, published by Werkstatt Edition Kroll, 1970

Labels and date

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

GEORG NEES (1926–2016)
Untitled
Published by Werkstatt Edition Kroll, Germany, 1970

This screenprint was produced from a unique plotter drawing. The plotter was operated by feeding punched tape into a computer that used the instructions to direct a pen across a drawing surface. As the computer had no screen, Nees would not have been able to fully anticipate the appearance of the resulting drawing.

Screenprint, after a computer-generated drawing
Museum no. E.2776-2016 [07/07/2018-18/11/2018]

Production Note

Published by Werkstatt-Edition Kroll

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Silkscreen

Categories

Prints

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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