Image of Gallery in South Kensington
Request to view at the Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C , Case 3H, Shelf 26

Return to Square

Lithograph
1967 (made), 1968 (printed)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This is one of a set of seven lithographs by different artists, published by Motif Editions in connection with Cybernetic Serendipity, a major exhibition held at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts in 1968. The portfolio includes two works by the Computer Technique Group, plus single works by Charles Csuri and James Shaffer, William Fetter, Maughan S. Mason, Donald K. Robbins, and Kerry Strand. The complete set was acquired by the Museum in 1969, at a cost of £5.

The original plotter drawing for Return to Square (a) was created by members of the Computer Technique Group in late 1967 or early 1968, at the IBM Scientific Data Centre in Tokyo. The book published to coincide with the Cybernetic Serendipity exhibition includes the following information about the artwork:

"Return to square (a)
A computer metamorphosis. A square is transformed into a profile of a woman and then back into a square.
Idea by Masao Komura, programme by Kunio Yamanaka (CTG) (p.75)

The text goes on to describe a related image:

"Return to square (b)"
One of two works on this theme. Return to square 9 (a), however, is programmed according to an arithmetic series, and this one is programmed according to geometrical progression" (p.75)

Early references to the group include the English language spelling Komura, but the artist himself prefers the spelling Kohmura.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Additional titleReturn to Square (a) (alternative title)
Materials and techniques
Brief description
Lithograph after a computer-generated drawing, entitled 'Return to Square', by the Computer Technique Group, 1967/68. From the Cybernetic Serendipity collector's set.
Physical description
Side profile of a head, composed of black lines framed within and around a square
Dimensions
  • Height: 75.4cm
  • Length: 50.6cm
Production typeLimited edition
Credit line
Acquired from Motif Editions in 1970.
Object history
Cybernetic Serendipity (Institute of Contemporary Arts 01/01/1968-31/12/1968)
Production
Published by Motif Editions, London
Summary
This is one of a set of seven lithographs by different artists, published by Motif Editions in connection with Cybernetic Serendipity, a major exhibition held at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts in 1968. The portfolio includes two works by the Computer Technique Group, plus single works by Charles Csuri and James Shaffer, William Fetter, Maughan S. Mason, Donald K. Robbins, and Kerry Strand. The complete set was acquired by the Museum in 1969, at a cost of £5.



The original plotter drawing for Return to Square (a) was created by members of the Computer Technique Group in late 1967 or early 1968, at the IBM Scientific Data Centre in Tokyo. The book published to coincide with the Cybernetic Serendipity exhibition includes the following information about the artwork:



"Return to square (a)

A computer metamorphosis. A square is transformed into a profile of a woman and then back into a square.

Idea by Masao Komura, programme by Kunio Yamanaka (CTG) (p.75)



The text goes on to describe a related image:



"Return to square (b)"

One of two works on this theme. Return to square 9 (a), however, is programmed according to an arithmetic series, and this one is programmed according to geometrical progression" (p.75)



Early references to the group include the English language spelling Komura, but the artist himself prefers the spelling Kohmura.
Bibliographic reference
Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1969
Collection
Accession number
CIRC.771-1969

About this object record

Explore the Collections contains over a million catalogue records, and over half a million images. It is a working database that includes information compiled over the life of the museum. Some of our records may contain offensive and discriminatory language, or reflect outdated ideas, practice and analysis. We are committed to addressing these issues, and to review and update our records accordingly.

You can write to us to suggest improvements to the record.

Suggest Feedback

Record createdJune 30, 2009
Record URL
Download as: JSON