Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Frieder Nake, artist
    born 1938
    born: Stuttgart, Germany ; active: Germany
    Gilles Gheerbrant, publisher
    born 1946
    born: Montréal, Canada
  • computer-aided screen print
  • Gift of Norton and Irene Starr
  • Not on display
  • 1999.0132.07
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Cryptograph: An Exhibition for Alan Turing," Mar-2012, Stephen Goddard
Philosopher Hiroshi Kawano, who has just enjoyed a major retrospective at ZKM (Center for Art and Culture, Karlsruhe, Germany), has been involved with computers as art makers (he does not like the term "computer artist") since 1964. He participated in two early portfolios of computer-generated art, Art Ex Machina of 1972 and the SDL Portfolio of 1973 (the latter was commissioned by Systems Dimensions Limited). Both portfolios were published by Gilles Gheerbrant in Montréal, and both include an artist’s statement to accompany each print. The SDL Portfolio also includes biographies and a description and/or a schematic diagram describing the program used by each artist. The other participants in the Art Ex Machina portfolio are: Manuel Barbadillo, Ken Knowlton, Manfred Mohr, Frieder Nake, and Georg Nees.; and the other participants in the SDL Portfolio are: Manuel Barbadillo, Ken Knowlton, Manfred Mohr, Georg Nees, John Roy, Zdeněk Sýkora, Roger Vilder, and Edward Zajek. SG