Manfred Mohr

Manfred Mohr is considered a pioneer of digital art, programming his first computer drawings in 1969. “I didn’t wake up one morning and suddenly use code and a computer—it was a very long thinking process in my life,” he said. “I come from the abstract world of music… My early interest in visual art was therefore strongly influenced by jazz and classical modern music, reflecting a kind of action painting. The problem was, I could not really control my artwork. In music, I could write down tunes, etc., but with action painting, I had no real control. It was only when I got into the philosophy of Max Bense in the early 1960s that I understood that ‘rational’ thinking in art, as Bense proposed, could solve that problem. One has to create the logic of what one wants to do before one starts. My artistic work therefore started and continues today by dissecting and finding the inner logic of what I want to do.”

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