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plotter drawing - Walk-Through-Raster


  • Object:

    plotter drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    16/01/1967 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Nake, Frieder, born 1938 (computer artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    colour ink on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2E, shelf DR52, box Digital Art

Physical description

Colour plotter drawing consisting of purple and black squares. The horizontal lines that form the black squares are wider than the vertical lines, the reverse occurs in the purple squares.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


16/01/1967 (made)


Nake, Frieder, born 1938 (computer artist)

Materials and Techniques

colour ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Written in pencil on reverse:
16/1/67 No 1
Serie 7.3.3 - 1, Nake


Height: 28 cm, Length: 21.8 cm

Object history note

The plotter drawing was sold in the 1960s by Galerie Daedalus in Berlin. The gallery was run by Hanspeter Heidrich.

Descriptive line

Walk-Through-Raster, colour ink on paper, 1967 by Frieder Nake

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

Ex Machina, frühe Computergrafik bis 1979 : die Sammlungen Franke und weitere Stiftungen in der Kunsthalle Bremen : Herbert W. Franke zum 80. Geburtstag : Kunsthalle Bremen, 17. Juni bis 26. Juli 2007 / herausgegeben von Wulf Herzogenrath und Barbara Nierhoff-Wielk = Ex Machina, early computer graphics up to 1979 : the Franke collections and other foundations at the Kunsthalle Bremen : for the 80th birthday of Herbert W. Franke / edited by Wulf Herzogenrath and Barbara Nierhoff-Wielk.

Labels and date

Chance and Control: Art in the Age of Computers (2018)

FRIEDER NAKE (born 1938)
Germany, 1967

As a student, Frieder Nake was asked to write a computer program to control the newly-invented Zuse Graphomat drawing machine. Nake went on to produce a series of drawings, all of which are based upon an underlying grid, or ‘raster’. His computer-generated artworks featured in Cybernetic Serendipity, a major exhibition held in London in 1968.

Plotter drawing
Museum no. E.120-2013 [07/07/2018-18/11/2018]


Plotter drawing




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