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Print - KAES 1 (Algebraic Curves)
  • KAES 1 (Algebraic Curves)
    Franke, Herbert W., born 1927
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KAES 1 (Algebraic Curves)

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1970 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Franke, Herbert W., born 1927 (artist)
    Henne, Peter (Computer programmer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screenprint

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:

    E.1068-2008

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This silkscreen print is from a series of works entitled KAES, from 'Kurven, AESthetische' (Aesthetic Curves). These works were Herbert W. Franke's first digitally-produced graphics. In collaboration with the artist, Peter Henne wrote the computer program that generated and manipulated the curves. These algebraic curves formed the basic element of the image, and the computer program produced a series of slow, step-by-step superpositions and tranformations. The curves could be enlarged, lengthened, or reduced, for example, producing sequences and patterns

Herbert W. Franke is a pioneering figure in the history of computer art. In 1971, he produced one of the first accounts of computer art entitled 'Computer graphics - Computer art'. In 1979, he co-founded the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria, an annual event that unites art and technology. Franke is also well known as a successful author of science fiction novels.

Physical description

Screenprint in black ink on paper, depicting a sequence of overlapping and narrowing linear forms.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

1970 (made)

Artist/maker

Franke, Herbert W., born 1927 (artist)
Henne, Peter (Computer programmer)

Materials and Techniques

Screenprint

Dimensions

Height: 73 cm, Width: 50.6 cm

Descriptive line

Silkscreen print in black ink on paper, after a plotter drawing, 'Algebraische Kurven (Algebraic Curves), from the series KAES, by Herbert W. Franke, 1969.

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.345 (cat. 87), ill.

Labels and date

Herbert W. Franke born 1927
KAES (Algebraic Curves)
1969

Franke collaborated with computer scientist Peter Henne to create some of his first digitally produced graphics. Together they wrote a computer program to generate and manipulate the algebraic curves that formed the basic element of the image. The computer program ran a series of slow, step-by-step transformations, to produce elegant sequences and patterns.

Screenprint
Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patric Prince
Museum no. E.1068-2008 [07/12/2009 - 20/06/2010]

Production Note

Peter Henne wrote the code for the KAES series.
Attribution note: Hardware: Siemens 4004

Materials

Paper (fiber product); Printing ink

Techniques

Screenprinting; Computer-generated

Categories

Prints; Computer Art

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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