Jan
20
1972
<em>P-120b</em>
 

Manfred Mohr
P-120b, 1972
Plotter drawing ink on paper
19.75 x 19.75 in / 50 x 50 cm

In Mohr’s early algorithmic work phase (1969-72), logical and automatic construction of pictures is introduced into his work. For the first time algorithms (rules with a beginning and an ending) are used to calculate the images- making his consequent thinking rendered visible through the computer programs he wrote (in the Fortran language). The resulting drawings were realized by a computer controlled drawing machine (plotter).

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 he calls “aesthetical-filters”.

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