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Drawing - BIGDIM / 0 10 10 0 0 0 0 200, 120 / 11,969
  • BIGDIM / 0 10 10 0 0 0 0 200, 120 / 11,969
    Brown, Paul, born 1947
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BIGDIM / 0 10 10 0 0 0 0 200, 120 / 11,969

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1979 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brown, Paul, born 1947 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plotter drawing on paper

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514a, case RK, shelf 16, box L

This plotter drawing by Paul Brown was produced using a computer program, or code, written by the artist. The program controlled a pen plotter - a machine that guides a pen across a drawing surface according to instructions from the computer. From this one program, the computer was capable of producing a large number of drawings. The V&A has three other drawings produced using the same code (E.132-2008, E.224-2008 and E.225-2008).

BIG DIM was the name of the series and is an abbreviation of BIG DIMENSION. The numbers in the title refer to the data that the computer selected and used to structure the drawing.

Paul Brown is an Anglo-Australian artist who studied at the Experimental Department at the Slade, University of London in the 1970s. At that time, the Slade was one of the few institutions that fully integrated the use of computers in art into its teaching curriculum.An interest in the use of systems and generative processes in art led Brown to begin working with computers in 1974.

Physical description

Plotter drawing in black ink on paper.

Place of Origin

London (possibly, made)


1979 (made)


Brown, Paul, born 1947 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Plotter drawing on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'BIGDIM / Ø 1Ø 1Ø Ø Ø Ø Ø / 200, 120 / 11,969'
In pen in lower left side. BIGDIM is an abbreviation of BIG DIMENSION. The numbers refer to the parameter list for that specific drawing.

'Paul Brown 1979'
Artist's signature and date in pen in lower right side.


Height: 51.9 cm, Width: 47.8 cm

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Paul Brown, 'BIGDIM / 0 10 10 0 0 0 0 200, 120 / 11,969', 1979, plotter drawing in black ink on paper.


Ink; Paper


Plotter drawing


Drawings; Computer Art


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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