Meet the digital pioneers | Manfred Mohr
P-49 (a formal language), 1971.
Photogravure from a plotter drawing.
"This photogravure, by Manfred Mohr, is from a plotter drawing produced using a computer program written by the artist. A plotter is a mechanical device that holds a pen or brush and is linked to a computer that controls its movements. Pen plotter drawings can be very time consuming to produce. The artist transferred the image from the plotter drawing into a photogravure as this allowed him to produce multiple copies of the image, and was much quicker and more economical.
The computer program was based on a series of decision making processes that were used to structure the image. The artist deliberately wrote random variables into the process to allow the computer to make certain choices from a given number of options. Mohr would not be able to fully predict the appearance of an image until the plotter finished drawing. The 'P-49' in the title refers to the program used to create the work." — from V&A's collection
More about it: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O199331/p-49-a-formal-language-print-mohr-manfred/
More about the artist: www.emohr.com/
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