Please Wait

The Ohio State University


  1. Help
  2. Campus map
  3. Find people
  4. Webmail

Plotter Drawings, 1966 - 1970: Flies Out of Order

  • Short Link:
  • Filename: 30.jpg
  • Accession: C07.13156

  • Title: Flies Out of Order

  • Title 2: Random Flies

  • Creator: Charles A. Csuri
  • Date: 1966

  • Type: drawing
  • Sub-Type (Sub-Genre): plotter drawing
  • Material: black ink, paper
  • 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: The distribution was based upon a combination of random numbers placed in side a region such as a triangle and then a transformation was made to another region such as a half circle. This was also a problem in conformal mapping.

  • Copyright: CsuriVision ltd. (c) All Rights Reserved
  • Rights Information:
  • Reproduction Format: slide 35mm
  • Date - Reproduction Item: April 18, 2007