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I  was  very  surprised to see that there was  an  exhibition  on 
"digtal  art" here in Bonn.  'Though I had an invitation  to  the 
opening evening,  I could not go there (I had to go to a concert, 
SPK if somebody cares),  so I'm afraid I missed all those  clever 
words on art and computers from whomever.

The  exhibition  was  subtitled  "The  development  of   computer 
graphics",  so  my  expectations were high.  The  first  thing  I 
noticed  when  entering were two  PCs  with  color-monitor,  each 
showing endless demos,  the second thing was more  annoying:  the 
music.  There  was this so called "New Age"-music  playing,  this 
sort  of  soft  electronic music were you  listen  to  the  whole 
record,  always waiting for something to happen.  So I closed  my 
ears  as well as possible and turned my attention to  the  walls. 
There were some 20 pictures.

The  oldest  of them were from the mid-60s,  black  &  white,  so 
called "plottergrafics" and "printergrafics" (I bet that's a  bad 
translation, but that's what comes closest). As an example, there 
was  one  picture by someone called Nees from  1965,  a  sort  of 
mutation  of  a  simple neat row of squares to a  chaos  made  of 
squares.  Another  picture  (1971) by Schott  called  "Binärbaum" 
shows  something you all know,  a fractal tree.  There were  more 
wellknown  friends,  a bundle of Mandlebrot sets,  in  real  huge 
formats and excellent quality, some even from Mandelbrot himself.

Examples  of modern graphic for advertisments (as known from  TV) 
and printouts from CAD programms - like the other pictures mostly 
made  on VAX-computers,  so at least ST quality - rounded up  the 
exhibition.  I think it was a good exhibition for someone who has 
never  had to do with computer-grafics,  but a bit boring for  an 
old computer-addict like me. But - it had something good, I had a 
(I  think)  great  idea.  Please read about  it  in  the  article 
"Manifesto" somewhere else in this ST NEWS

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