P-050_R Manfred Mohr

Scratchcode is an exhibition of historic computational works from the 1950s-1970’s and includes plotter drawings, prints, sculptures and films from some of the early pioneers of the era. The frequency at which the community seems to be looking back at the early history of computer/machine art is increasing; it’s a fascinating period of futuristic computational creations that contains a heritage and tradition that has since broke into the ever complex taxonomy of the computer art of today. If I were anywhere near New York I would definitely love to see this exhibtion.

The title Scratchcode, incidentally, has been taken from a sequence of works completed around 1970 by Manfred Mohr.

’With a choice of different line characteristics, an alphabet of arbitrary generated elements is created. Individual algorithms are invented for each work from which all forms and structures are solely generated. The algorithms are built from imposed as well as from random selection principles which Mohr calls “aesthetical-filters”.

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