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P-62 (floating points)

Print
1970 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This offset lithograph, by Manfred Mohr (born 1938, Germany), is from a plotter drawing produced using a computer program written by the artist. A plotter is a mechanical device that holds a pen or brush and is linked to a computer that controls its movements.

The computer program was based on a series of decision making processes that were used to structure the image. The artist deliberately wrote random variables into the program to allow the computer to make certain choices of its own from a given number of options.

Mohr began life as an expressionist painter and jazz musician but in the 1960s began exploring geometric form, and moved towards a more objective, systematic way of working that anticipated his use of the computer. Mohr underpins his computer programs, or algorithms, with precise mathematical logic. The computer enables Mohr to create very complex algorithms which would otherwise be too difficult and time consuming for humans to process.
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Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Offset lithograph on paper
Brief description
Black and white offset lithograph, 'P-62 (floating points)', 1970, by Manfred Mohr.
Physical description
Black and white offset lithograph on paper, mounted on board.
Dimensions
  • Height: 41.0cm
  • Width: 41.1cm
Copy number
10 of 40
Marks and inscriptions
  • '10/40' (Edition number, in pencil, in lower left side.)
  • 'Mohr 70' (Artist's signature and date, in pencil, in lower right side.)
Credit line
Given by the Computer Arts Society, supported by System Simulation Ltd, London
Summary
This offset lithograph, by Manfred Mohr (born 1938, Germany), is from a plotter drawing produced using a computer program written by the artist. A plotter is a mechanical device that holds a pen or brush and is linked to a computer that controls its movements.



The computer program was based on a series of decision making processes that were used to structure the image. The artist deliberately wrote random variables into the program to allow the computer to make certain choices of its own from a given number of options.



Mohr began life as an expressionist painter and jazz musician but in the 1960s began exploring geometric form, and moved towards a more objective, systematic way of working that anticipated his use of the computer. Mohr underpins his computer programs, or algorithms, with precise mathematical logic. The computer enables Mohr to create very complex algorithms which would otherwise be too difficult and time consuming for humans to process.
Other number
CAS/A/0053 - Previous owner's number
Collection
Accession number
E.186-2008

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Record createdMarch 17, 2009
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