La Machine Imaginaire

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LECTURE FRIEDER NAKE
MUSÉE D’ART CONTEMPORAIN DE BORDEAUX

ON ALGORITHMICS & AESTHETICS
REGARDING THE BEGINNING OF COMPUTER ART

MARDI 26 MARS / 26 MARCH 2013
PART 1 & 2 HERE.

PART 3
PART 4
PART 5
Frieder Nake’s full lecture presentation (PDF).
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The drawing machine made by the German Konrad Zuse on which Frieder had created his first work.

FRIEDER NAKE. PART 3
LA MACHINE IMAGINAIRE.

Part three of Frieder Nake’s lecture presents the work of three major artists working with the computer : Vera Molnar, Manfred Mohr and Harold Cohen. Each had their particular approach and ‘obsessive’ nature in developing their artistic practice. Mohr has spent over thirty years exploring the geometry of the cube, increasing the dimensions of the hypercube as a means for creating constantly shifting fields of vision. Cohen wanted to program a machine that could draw art and continue to do so even after his death. Creator of the Aaron computer program which he first put in to motion in 1974, Cohen was primarily interested in developing a machine that could be ‘taught’ to paint. The Hungarian artist, Vera Molnar was one of the rare woman to break through in this field of computer art. Frieder Nake tells us about her obsession with randomness and the notion of ‘la machine imaginaire.’

La Machine Imaginaire. (Part 3).

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Interruptions. Vera Molnar

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Manfred Mohr

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FRIEDER NAKE. PART 4
FAREWELL TO THE MASTERPIECE

In this final part of the lecture, we take off from 1968 where two major exhibitions, Cybernetic Serendipity & Tendencies 4 mark the beginnings of digital media according to Frieder Nake. It is from here that Frieder develops his thoughts on what ‘generative’ means when using the computer in artistic practices. The ‘surface and the subface’ – two concepts that hold true to Frieder Nake’s thinking in computer art practice – are presented before finishing off with a critical ‘farewell to the masterpiece’.

Farewell To The Masterpiece.(Part 4).

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Harold Cohen

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FRIEDER NAKE. PART 5
OPEN DISCUSSION

We finish this lecture with an open discussion led by Mark Webster, president of the Free Art Bureau, which develops on many of the themes and subjects touched upon. We then open up to the floor with questions. A long but thoroughly enriching exchange.

We would like to thank once again Frieder Nake for his immense generosity and knowledge shared during this event.

Open Discussion.(Part 5).

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This lecture was a Free Art Bureau initiative in partnership with Rqbk, Bordeaux Town Hall and CAPC as part of the monthly Processing Bordeaux sessions.

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