Frieder Nake belongs to the founding fathers of algorithmic art, which was called "computer art" when it emerged in the first half of the 1960s. He produced his first works in 1963. He first exhibited his drawings at Galerie Wendelin Niedlich in Stuttgart from November 5 to 26, 1965.
Nake has spent decades attempting to connect and integrate algorithmics and aesthetics, the computable and the beautiful, the strict and the fluid. He is a mathematician, computer scientist, artist, and writer. From works on paper, he has moved to interactive and dynamic installations.
He has been a full professor of computer science at the University of Bremen, Germany, since 1972. From 2005 to 2019, he has also been teaching at the University of the Arts, Bremen. His teaching and research activities are in computer graphics, digital media, computer art, the design of interactive systems, computational semiotics, and the general theory of computing.
Nake was represented at all important international exhibitions of early computer art. He has published in all the areas mentioned above, with a preference for computer-generated images.
Photo: Matthias Müller