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Print - Scratch Code: 1970-1975

Scratch Code: 1970-1975

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1976 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mohr, Manfred, born 1938 (artist)
    éditions média (publishers)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patric Prince

  • Museum number:

    E.977:1 to 11-2008

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case RACK, shelf EXP []

This portfolio of eight black and white screenprints by Manfred Mohr (born 1938, Germany) was published by éditions média in 1976. Each screenprint was produced from a pen plotter drawing made by the artist between 1970 and 1975. A pen plotter is a mechanical device that holds a pen or brush and is linked to a computer that controls its movements. Pen plotter drawings can be very time consuming to produce. By transferring the unique plotter drawing into a screenprint, the artist was able to produce multiple copies of the image.

Each image in this set of eight prints was created using a computer program written by Manfred Mohr. The set illustrates the artist's ongoing exploration of the cube, which began in the early 1970s. Here Mohr has broken the cube down into its twelve constituent lines, which he describes as being like 'an alphabet' that he can combine in different ways to create each individual image. The computer program was based on a series of decision making processes that positioned these lines. The artist deliberately wrote random variables into the program to allow the computer to make certain choices from a given number of options. The artist would not have been able to fully predict the appearance of each image until the plotter had finished drawing.

Physical description

Portfolio of 8 black and white screenprints after plotter drawings by Manfred Mohr, 1 title page, 1 page of text, and portfolio box of natural coloured card with white text. Published by éditions média, 1976.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


1976 (published)


Mohr, Manfred, born 1938 (artist)
éditions média (publishers)


Height: 40.2 cm, Width: 40.4 cm

Descriptive line

Portfolio of 8 black and white screenprints after plotter drawings by Manfred Mohr, edition 51/80, published by éditions média, 1976.




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