Image: Manfred Mohr, P-1682_616 (2014), pigment ink on paper, 23.6 x 31.5 in / 60 x 80 cm
Manfred Mohr and the Technological Avant Garde
Presented by Laura Blereau
Thursday, May 21, 2015
ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public
Manfred Mohr is a visual artist who creates work rooted in the principles of geometry. In 1971 his career took an unexpected turn, when his work was featured in an exhibition at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. The show, Une Esthétique Programmée, was the first solo exhibition in a museum of works entirely calculated by a digital computer and drawn by a plotter machine. Ever since, his work has been inseparable from the historical development of computer art and its connection to radical arts conceptualism.
After living in Paris for twenty years, in 1983 Mohr moved to New York, where he is still active today. This presentation at the ICI Curatorial Hub will follow his trajectory as a painter and jazz musician who read Max Bense’s writings on information aesthetics in the 1960s, and developed into a revolutionary figure of the technological avant-garde. Mohr will share the ideas driving his current practices, and its relationship to his 1967 series Artificiata in conversation with Laura Blereau, who has organized multiple exhibitions featuring Mohr’s early drawings crafted in the FORTRAN programming language.