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Code Breaker: Meet the Man Who Virtually Invented Computer Art


Abstract art shows blurred lines, light, and reflections.

"It bothered me that my thoughts, ideas, and art were rejected, but not in a way that made me give up. I was certain that what I had discovered was correct. Mathematics cannot be deceived." -Herbert W. Franke

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It's not every day that people in their mid-nineties launch a Twitter account. Yet that is exactly what artist Herbert W. Franke did earlier this year, with the help of his wife, journalist and media expert Susanne Päch. Franke introduced himself with a brisk "Hello World!", followed by, "I am Herbert and I am a dinosaur of computer art", accompanied by an image of one of his earliest pieces of computer art from 1954.

"After 50 years, my work is old enough to look at from an art historical perspective," he says. “I guess I was too early."

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