To all friends and collegues of Herbert W. Franke
The fiftieth Anniversary of an Exhibition
“Experimentelle Aesthetik” – Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna 1959
In the year 1959, the “Museum of Applied Arts” in Vienna opened the exhibition “Experimentelle Aesthetik”. The exhibition presented pictures of a young physicist named Herbert W. Franke. The then 31 year old scientist and artist presented results of his artistic experiments using machines of different types to produce his visual art. The exhibition was shown afterwards in Zuerich (Swiss), Munic (Germany) and London (UK).
For the first time in the old continent, a recognized art museum presented a compilation of electronically generated visual art – a milestone in the progress of art. To mark this anniversary, we reconstructed this exhibition on our website “art meets science” in honour of Herbert W. Franke’s life achievements. Here you can find the full art work of this exhibition in 1959 as a virtual tour in the web. The exhibition is clustered by different categories describing the use of varying technical methods, experimentally tested in the framework of art by Franke.
“analogue graphics” – produced with analogue computers
“light forms” – by mechanical vibrations
“studies in 3D” – showing time exposures of slowly moving wires
“Ultralight” – originating by x-rays and similar frequencies
“Aerograms” – with an individually developed air brush method
Art work by Franke was also shown in the art festival “Nove Tendencije” in
Zagreb 1969 as well in the Biennale in Venice 1970.
Today, Franke is known worldwide as a pioneer of computer art. His contribution is lasting more than fifty years now with important impulses to the scene.
He influenced the evolution of this new art section not only as an artist but also as a theorist and publicist. An exhibition arranged by Herbert W. Franke “Wege zur Computerkunst” was shown first time in 1970 und afterwards around the world in more than 160 places by the German “Goethe Institut”. It was an art collection of 12 precursers and pioneers in the field of computer arts. Furthermore, he is a co-founder of the “ars electronica festival” in Linz, today one of the best known festivals for electronic arts worldwide.
Dr. Susanne Paech
Fon: +49 _171_600 4422
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