art meets science ist ein Veranstaltungsprojekt zum 80. Geburtstag des Physikers und Künstlers Herbert W. Franke

Virtuelle Ausstellung: Analoggrafiken Virtuelle Ausstellung: Lichtformen Virtuelle Ausstellung: Raumstudien Virtuelle Ausstellung: Ultralicht Virtuelle Ausstellung: Aerogramme

art meets science > Experimentelle Ästhetik

"Experimentelle Ästhetik" – Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna 1959

The fiftieth Anniversary of an Exhibition

In 1959, the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna opened the exhibition "Experimentelle Ästhetik". The exhibition presented pictures of a young physicist named Herbert W. Franke. The then 31 year old scientist and artist presented results of his artistic experiments using machines of different types to produce his visual art. The exhibition was shown afterwards in Zurich (Switzerland), Munich (Germany) and London (UK).

For the first time in the old continent, a recognized art museum presented a compilation of electronically generated visual art - a milestone in the progress of art. To mark this anniversary, we have reconstructed this exhibition on the website "art meets science" in honour of Herbert W. Franke’s life achievements. Here you can find the full art work of this exhibition in 1959 as a virtual tour on the web. The exhibition is organized into different categories describing the use of varying technical methods, experimentally tested in the framework of art by Franke.

"analogue graphics" – visual art produced with analogue computers

"light forms" – visual art by mechanical vibrations

"studies in 3D" – visual art showing time exposures of slowly moving wires

"Ultralight" – visual art originating by x-rays and similar frequencies

"Aerograms" – visual art with a special developed air brush method

Art work by Franke was also shown in the art festival "Nove Tendencije" in Zagreb 1969 as well in the Biennale in Venice 1970.

Today, Franke is known worldwide as a pioneer of computer art. His contribution has lasted more than fifty years now with important impulses to the scene.

He influenced the evolution of this new art section not only as an artist but also as a theorist and publicist. An exhibition arranged by Herbert W. Franke "Wege zur Computerkunst" was shown first time in 1970 und afterwards around the world in more than 160 places by the German "Goethe Institut". It was an art collection of 12 innovators and pioneers in the field of computer arts. Furthermore, he is a co-founder of the "ars electronica festival" in Linz, today one of the best known festivals for electronic arts worldwide.