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Elektronische Grafik (Electronic Graphics)

Print
ca.1970 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This picture is from the series ‘Dance of the Electrons’. In 1962 Franke produced the image using his analogue computer called Demo-Gerät (demonstration-set) and a cathode-ray oscillograph. The latter converted electronic signals into images and Franke borrowed the apparatus from the company Siemens. In his earlier Pendular Oscillograms series of work Franke had moved the camera in-front of the screen to capture images. However, to create this new body of work Franke now mounted a camera onto a tripod in-front of the screen. The resulting pictures show fine sharp lines in white and grey colour gradients.

The original image on the cathode-ray oscilloscope was comprised of white lines on a black background. This screen print is made from the negative of that picture. The negative photograph was used as a basis for a transfer for a silkscreen print exhibited in the 1970 Venice biennale.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Screenprint on board
Brief Description
Black and white screenprint of a photograph from an oscilloscope, 'Elektronische Grafik', 1970 (original photograph 1962), by Herbert W. Franke.
Physical Description
A black and white screenprint of a photograph of an electronic oscillation. Mounted on board.
Dimensions
  • Height: 62.8cm
  • Width: 44.4cm
Credit line
Given by the Computer Arts Society, supported by System Simulation Ltd, London
Summary
This picture is from the series ‘Dance of the Electrons’. In 1962 Franke produced the image using his analogue computer called Demo-Gerät (demonstration-set) and a cathode-ray oscillograph. The latter converted electronic signals into images and Franke borrowed the apparatus from the company Siemens. In his earlier Pendular Oscillograms series of work Franke had moved the camera in-front of the screen to capture images. However, to create this new body of work Franke now mounted a camera onto a tripod in-front of the screen. The resulting pictures show fine sharp lines in white and grey colour gradients.



The original image on the cathode-ray oscilloscope was comprised of white lines on a black background. This screen print is made from the negative of that picture. The negative photograph was used as a basis for a transfer for a silkscreen print exhibited in the 1970 Venice biennale.
Bibliographic Reference
Herzogenrath, Wulf and Barbara Nierhoff-Wielk, eds. Ex-Machina - Frühe Computergrafik bis 1979. Germany: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2007. ISBN 978-3-422-06689-2. p.343, ill (cat. 76).
Other Number
CAS/A/0041 - Previous owner's number
Collection
Accession Number
E.110-2008

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record createdMay 28, 2008
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