Manfred Mohr, ‘P1611_65-60’, 2012-2013, Carroll / Fletcher

In this work-phase Artificiata II (2012), Mohr emphasizes his strong interest in visual-music and visual-poetry, manifested in digital images on paper and canvas as well as in screen based works. The algorithm producing these images is as follows:

In Artificiata II, uses the diagonal path of a hypercube which I first introduced into my work in Dimensions I (4-dimensions) in 1978. In this work, a "diagonal-path" from a hypercube, randomly chosen between 11 and 13 dimensions, is drawn. (A diagonal-path is a multiple-segmented line where each change of direction indicates the passage through a dimension). Horizontal lines are attached to the line at each change of dimension, ie. the horizontal lines are drawn through the y-value of each vertex of the diagonal path when it is projected into 2-D. The spaces between the horizontal lines on either side (left/right) of the diagonal-path are filled with distinct sets of randomly chosen colors. The same procedure also calculates lines and colors in the vertical direction through the x-value of each vertex. The vertical lines are not drawn, but the resulting color sets are retained. This procedure creates four color sets from which three are randomly chosen to construct the resulting image. By overlaying the color sets successively, unpredictable constellations appear. The color spaces and horizontal lines move with the structure when the diagonal path (white line) is in slow motion (rotating in hyper-dimensional space and then projected into 2-D), and can be observed in my realtime computer animation works. The animation algorithm contains random variations of speed and suites of stills, adding a musical rhythm to this work.

About Manfred Mohr

Influenced by his experience as a jazz musician and by German philosopher Max Bense’s theories on rational aesthetics, Manfred Mohr has been an innovator in the field of computer-generated art. To manipulate, for example, the myriad variations of the 11-dimension hypercube, Mohr created algorithms in FORTRAN programming language and printed them on flatbed plotters before the advent of laser printers. Mohr’s “Klangfarben” series (2008) features paintings and digital animation of brightly colored diagonal lines and intersecting planes against a flat black background.

German, b. 1938, Pforzheim, Germany