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Manfred Mohr, Germany (b. Pforzheim 1938) “Cluster Phobia” screenprint

Manfred Mohr      

Germany (Pforzheim, 1938)

“Cluster Phobia”


Manfred Mohr installation photo of Cluster Phobia 

About the time he produced “Cluster Phobia,” Manfred Mohr’s solo exhibition was presented at ARC—Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. It is considered to be the first museum exhibition consisting entirely of computer generated art.   Originally an abstract expressionist painter and a jazz musician, Mohr became fascinated by German philosopher Max Bense’s work, ‘The Aesthetics of Mathematics,” and he started to explore the construction of systematic forms with plotters and computers. He began writing algorithms in FORTRAN in 1969. Mohr, who has made his art with computers for more than four decades, considers this method not an abandonment of aesthetic control but as a way to create “inconceivable, but computable” visual information. His work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions in New York, Zurich, Cologne, Paris, Amsterdam, Stuttgart, Berlin, Montreal, Sao Paolo and Soul. Major retrospectives were presented in the Kunsthalle in Bremen in 2007, the Joseph Albers Museum in Bottrop, Germany in 1998 and the Wilhem Hack Museum in Ludwigshafen Germany in 1987.



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