In 1963, while studying at the Technical University in Stuttgart, Frieder Nake developed a computer program to control a Zuse Graphomat drawing machine.
1) Polygonzug 6/7/64 Nr. 2; 2) Rechteckschraffen 30/3/65 Nr. 1-4; 3-6) Quadrate Werden Rot by Frieder Nake, 1) 1964; 2) 1965; 36) 1966
© The artist
- Ink on paper Dimensions: 1) 48 x 48 cm; 2) 47 x 47 cm; 3)-6) 44 x 44 cm (each)
- Art Fund grant:
- £6,000 ( Total: £12,698)
- Acquired in:
- DAM Gallery
Nake used the machine to create some of the worlds first computer-generated drawings, which he exhibited alongside works by his colleague Georg Nees at the Wendelin Niedlich Gallery in 1965. Together with Michael Noll, who was exhibiting his own computer-generated images in New York during the mid-1960s, Nake and Nees were known as the 3n the forefathers of digital art. Created between 1964 and 1966, the six works acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum are among Nakes earliest computer-generated works. Polygonzug shows an apparently random polygonal shape generated by Nakes algorithms, while Rechteckschraffen is made up of four groups of rectangular hatchings in overlapping blocks some monochrome, others in colour. The later group Quadrate Werden Rot (Squares Turning Red) features four grids of green squares, overlaid with a growing number of red squares.
The artist; DAM Gallery.