Random War

randomwar

Random War, digital reproduction of two color screen print of a plotter drawing

Portfolio Edition, Computer Graphic from ICA Exhibition Cybernetic Serendipity, Motif Editions, London

“A drawing was made of one toy soldier and this became the data deck. A computer program which generates random numbers is called a pseudorandom number generator. Such a program determined the distribution and position of 400 soldiers on the battlefield. One side is called the “Red” and the other one the “Black”, and the names of real people were given to the program. Another computer program assigned military ranks and army serial numbers at random. The random number generator determined the following information and the computer made this picture with the casualty list: 1) Dead 2) Wounded 3) Missing 4) Survivors 5) One Hero for each side 6) Medals for Valor 7) Good Conduct 8) Efficiency Medals.” [Csuri and Shaffer, 1968], [cf. Rosen, 2011, p. 258]

Created 1967
Artwork Type: drawing
Material: 

drawing, c., computer-generated

lithography (silkscreen) after plotter drawing
51,0 × 76,0 cm
IBM 7094, drum plotter
Programmed by C.C. and James Shaffer

Rights: Collection Clarissa, Sprengel Museum, Hannover
Part of Collection: Sammlung Clarissa
randomwar

Random War, digital reproduction of two color screen print of a plotter drawing

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Random War. List of names and serial numbers in detail.

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Random War. Soldiers in detail.