The Henry drawing computer


Desmond Paul Henry (1921–2004) was a Manchester University Lecturer and Reader in Philosophy (1949–82) and was one of the first few British artists to experiment with machine-generated visual effects at the time of the emerging global computer art movement of the 1960′s. During this period, Henry constructed several drawing machines from modified bombsight analogue computers which were employed in World War II bombers to calculate the accurate release of bombs onto their target. Henry’s machine-generated effects represent early examples of computer graphics: ‘the making of line drawings with the aid of computers and drawing machines’.

Known as ‘the Picasso of the Machine Age’, Desmond Paul Henry’s work was the precursor to much contemporary computer graphics – especially the generative art that has been so popular over the past few years – in fact, it’s surprising how many contemporary pieces look so familiar when compared to these fascinating works by Henry’s early machines.

Read more about Henry here and here and if you’re that way inclined


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