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Studies in Perception I

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    USA (made)

  • Date:

    1997 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Harmon, Leon (artist)
    Knowlton, Ken, born 1931 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Laser print

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:

    E.963-2008

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case TECHS

  • Image in copyright

In order to create the original version of this image, Leon Harmon and Ken Knowlton scanned a photograph of the choreographer Deborah Hay and converted the greyscale values into symbols. The resulting printout was 12 feet wide and was hung in a colleague's office at Bell Labs as a prank. The image found fame when it featured in a press conference in Robert Rauschenberg's loft and subsequently appeared in the New York Times on 11 October, 1967.

Another version was included in a major exhibition held at the Museum of Modern Art New York in 1968, entitled The machine as seen at the end of the mechanical age. This is smaller and more recent version of the image, produced in 1997 as a limited edition print.

Physical description

Black and white laser print depicting a female nude made up of typographic symbols. Window mounted.

Place of Origin

USA (made)

Date

1997 (made)

Artist/maker

Harmon, Leon (artist)
Knowlton, Ken, born 1931 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Laser print

Dimensions

Height: 32.3 cm inc. mount, Width: 55.6 cm inc. mount

Descriptive line

Laser print after a computer-generated image, 'Studies in Perception I', by Leon Harmon and Ken Knowlton, 1997.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Mark Leckey, The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things London: Hayward Publishing, 2013. ISBN: 9781853323058.

Exhibition History

Mark Leckey Curates: The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things (Bluecoat Gallery 15 Feb 2013-14 April 2013)
Digital Pioneers (Victoria & Albert Museum 07/12/2009-20/06/2010)

Labels and date

Leon Harmon 1922-82 and Kenneth Knowlton born 1931
Studies in Perception I
1997 (original version 1967)

Harmon and Knowlton scanned a photograph of choreographer Deborah Hay and converted the grey scale values into symbols. The original printout was 12 feet wide and was hung in a colleague's office at Bell Labs as a prank. The image found fame when it featured in a press conference in Robert Rauschenberg's loft, and then in the New York Times.

Laser print
Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patric Prince
Museum no. E.963-2008 [07/12/2009 - 20/06/2010]

Materials

Printing ink; Paper (fiber product)

Techniques

Computer-generated; Laser printing

Subjects depicted

Female nude; Hay, Deborah

Categories

Computer Art

Collection code

PDP

Qr_O239963
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