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Print - Elektronische Grafik (Electronic Graphics)
  • Elektronische Grafik (Electronic Graphics)
    Franke, Herbert W., born 1927
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Elektronische Grafik (Electronic Graphics)

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1970 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Franke, Herbert W., born 1927 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screenprint on board

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case TOPIC, shelf 8A

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.

Physical description

A black and white screenprint of a photograph of an electronic oscillation. Mounted on board.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


ca.1970 (made)


Franke, Herbert W., born 1927 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Screenprint on board


Height: 62.8 cm, Width: 44.4 cm

Descriptive line

Black and white screenprint of a photograph from an oscilloscope, 'Elektronische Grafik', 1970 (original photograph 1962), by Herbert W. Franke.

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.343, ill (cat. 76).


Mounting board; Printing ink


Screenprinting; Electronic imaging


Prints; Computer Art


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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