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Machine Imaginaire – An Exhibition with a Focus on Art and Computing

March 28 @ 10:00 am May 31 @ 6:00 pm


The world’s first female computer artist, Vera Molnar, went to Paris in 1947 after studying art in Budapest and Rome. She has subsequently become a world-renowned artist in France, but she is also one of the greatest contemporary creators in the Hungarian domestic environment.

The emigrant artist made abstract expression her own, developing a technique called “Machine Imaginaire” in 1959. This method enabled her to program sequences based on the logic of imaginative programs. Once she learned programming in the 1960s, she started experimenting with computer visual arts.

She wrote algorithms in which she had already coded the possibility of a chance to allow the machine to become a co-author. She became a founding member of the GRAV (Recherche d’Art Visuel), a collaborative artist’s group that investigates collaborative approaches to mechanical and kinetic art, and Art et Informatique, with a focus on art and computing.

In Vera Molnár’s experimental work, ‘the computer’ is just a tool that creates the possibility of infinite combinations with random generation while keeping control in the artist’s hands. 

The 95-year-old artist is one of the most sought after artists on the list of contemporary Hungarian artists.

The MODEM exhibition is an expanded version of the Kiscelli Museum – Metropolitan Gallery (Kiscelli Múzeum – Fővárosi Képtár )  organized by Enikő Róka and Júlia Cserba.

Baltazár Dezső tér 1
Debrecen, Hajdu-Bihar 4026 Hungary
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