»ram« by Edward Zajec | i |
creators: Edward Zajec
title: ram
year: 1969

drawing, b/w, computer-generated

Plotter Drawings

Ink, paper
21.5 × 30 cm

artwork type: drawing

The RAM compositions are examples of Zajec’s first work done on an IBM 1620 Houston Instruments Complot computer, and printer with a DP-I plotter.

Programmed in FORTRAN IV and produced at Carleton College. Northfield. MN

Linear elements are distributed on a rectangular lattice in different spatial and rhythmic combinations according to varying probabilities of occurrence.

“The basic reason which made me turn to the computer was the need for a new medium. Coming from the field of painting and traditional graphics, I initially approached the problem from a purely aesthetic point of view and tried to develop the concepts which I had hitherto worked with. My concepts were based upon the assumption that art can be the universal aspect of reality, and I was therefore most interested in the works and ideas of Piet Mondrian and Kazimir Malevich…
My compositions consist in various arrangements of a given number of units in a square format, which is limited in size by the plotter on which the work is executed. […]
With the use of the Random Number Generator subroutine (RAM), the computer arranges the units randomly itself.”

[Edward Zajec in: tendencije4, exhib.cat., Galerija suvremene umjetnosti, Zagreb, 1970, n. p.l]
Source: [Rosen, 2011] and http://www.dam.org/exhibitions/plotter-drawings-from-1960s

posted 11 months ago
Please take note that the images RAM 2/6 and 2/9 are (not from the RAM project 1968, Northfiled,MN) from the program Theme and Variations on Cubes ("TVC"), Trieste (Italy) in the 1970..1973 in Fortran on an IBM7040, and plotted on a Calcomp 563 of the Computer centre of the Univ.of Trieste, Italy. In the years 1970 up to 1980 I - Matjaž Hmeljak - worked with Zajec (implemented the art ideaas of Zajec in programming language Fortran 4). We completed three projects, "TVC", "Matrix" and "Logical moments in color". In the 1980 Zajec moved back to the states (Univ.of Syracusa,NY), and I worked on the "visual machine" i.e. on algorithmic art projects from 1984 to 2022.
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