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Print - KAES 1 (Algebraic Curves)
  • KAES 1 (Algebraic Curves)
    Franke, Herbert W., born 1927
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KAES 1 (Algebraic Curves)

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1970 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Franke, Herbert W., born 1927 (artist)
    Henne, Peter (computer programmer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silkscreen print on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Computer Arts Society, supported by System Simulation Ltd, London

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case CAS, shelf 6

This silkscreen print is from a series of works entitled KAES, from 'Kurven, AESthetische' (Aesthetic Curves). These works were Herbert W. Franke's first digitally produced graphics. In collaboration with the artist, Peter Henne wrote the computer program that generated and manipulated the curves. These algebraic curves formed the basic element of the image, and the computer program produced a series of slow, step-by-step superpositions and transformations. The curves could be enlarged, lengthened, or reduced, for example, producing sequences and patterns

Herbert W. Franke is a pioneering figure in the history of computer art. In 1971, he produced one of the first accounts of computer art entitled 'Computer graphics - Computer art'. In 1979, he co-founded the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria, an annual event that combines art and technology. Franke is also well known as a successful author of science fiction novels.

Physical description

Silkscreen print in black ink on paper, after a plotter drawing, depicting a sequence of overlapping and narrowing linear forms.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1970 (made)


Franke, Herbert W., born 1927 (artist)
Henne, Peter (computer programmer)

Materials and Techniques

Silkscreen print on paper


Height: 70 cm, Width: 49.5 cm

Object history note

This work is one of a group of works called KAES, which stands for Kurven, aesthetische. These works were created in 1969, with a computer program conceived by Franke and written by Peter Henne, and were the first digitally-produced graphics.

Descriptive line

Silkscreen print in black ink on paper, after a plotter drawing, 'Algebraische Kurven (Algebraic Curves), from the series KAES, by Herbert W. Franke and Peter Henne.

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

Herzogenrath, Wulf and Barbara Nierhoff-Wielk, eds. Ex-Machina-Frühe Computergrafik bis 1979. Germany: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2007. ISBN 978-3-422-06689-2.p.345 (cat. 87), ill.

Production Note

Algebraische Kurven translation is Algebraic Curves.
Peter Henne wrote the code for the KAES series.
Attribution note: Hardware: Siemens 4004


Printing ink; Paper




Prints; Computer Art


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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