Herbert W. Franke
View the full 21-minute video here.
MONDRIAN is a dynamic program for image and sound that Herbert W. Franke developed for Texas Instruments in 1979. It is named after the Dutch artist of the very same name, who was a pioneer of constructivism between the two world wars. Characteristic for him is the principle horizontal – vertical: arrangements of vertically crossing elements, mostly painted in rich colors.
The program was developed for the Texas Instruments home computer 99/4. It can be used in two ways: First, it permits the selective construction of individual images–in a kind of step-by-step operation as a dynamic sequence in which the user can interactively intervene at any time. Secondly, however, it is also possible to design a “dynamic image”, a sequence of images that changes constantly on its own and whose algorithms run under random influence. In the endless-automatic operating mode, the program also generates algorithmically generated sound effects in parallel as a function of the image structures.
A video recording of MONDRIAN was originally produced in the context of the comprehensive solo exhibition “Wanderer between the Worlds” that ZKM (Center of Art and Media Karlsruhe) dedicated to Herbert W. Franke’s in 2010. It was edited in 2022 for higher resolution with the help of AI software.