Intaglio etching on paper
9.75 x 13 in / 25 x 33 cm
Edition of 10
A natural link exists between conceptual art and the way Manfred Mohr approaches image making using a computer. Beginning his trajectory as a painter and jazz musician, Mohr eventually gravitated toward programming in 1968. Encouraged by his friend Pierre Barbaud, the first composer to use a computer to realize his music, Mohr founded an arts group called “Art et Informatique” at the University of Vicennes during his studies. By 1969 Mohr gained rare access to a Benson plotter that drew his works on paper and had been using the FORTRAN programming language for all his projects.
These pieces from 1964 reveal, early on, Mohr’s interest in automatic writing, signs, and alphabet synthesis.