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Plotter Drawings, 1966 - 1970: Feeding Time

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  • Filename: 21.tif
  • Accession: C07.13154

  • Title: Feeding Time

  • Title 2: Random Flies

  • Creator: Charles A. Csuri
  • Date: 1966

  • Type: drawing
  • Sub-Type (Sub-Genre): plotter drawing
  • Material: black ink, paper
  • Measurements: 76 x 127 cm (30 x 50 in.)

  • Hardware: Calcomp drum plotter model 565, IBM 7094, punch cards
  • Collection: Charles A. Csuri
  • Historical Significance: The concepts of randomness and chance have influenced Csuri’s art since he began working with computers in the early 1960s. Feeding Time, like Random War, explores the notion of randomness, but uses Csuri’s light-hearted drawing of a common housefly. Through the use of a random number generator, each fly was given a size, an orientation, and a set of landing coordinates within a series of one-inch concentric rings. As noted by Thomas Linehan, this work prefigures much of the current and future work being done in algorithmic control software used to guide robotic systems and the mathematical models to describe the flocking, herding, and schooling of animals such as birds, sheep, and fish, respectively. (See Beyond Boundaries catalogue, 83-84.

  • Artist's Comments: A computer program generated random numbers which determine the distribution of a specific number of flies in a series of 1 inch concentric rings. Within predetermined limits the random number also decides the orientation and the size of each fly.

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  • Reproduction Format: scan of original
  • Date - Reproduction Item: April 13, 2005