In a Quantum Superposition between Art & Science

Visual aesthetics in early computing (1950-80)

Category : Art, Code, History, Tech · No Comments · by May 22, 2011

Franke: Rotationen, Projection, 1970-71

Franke: Electronic Graphics, 1961-62

From the site: “In the early 1960s digital computers became available to artists for the first time (although they cost from $100.000 to several millions, required air conditioning, and therefore located in separate computer rooms, uninhabitable ‘studios’; programs and data had to be prepared with the keypunch, punch cards then fed into the computer; systems were not interactive and could produce only still images). The output medium was usually a pen plotter, microfilm plotter (hybrid bwn vector CRT and a raster image device), line printer or an alphanumeric printout, which was then manually transferred into a visual medium.”