Herbert W. Franke

Portrait by Herbert W. Franke
Year of birth, place
1927, Vienna, Austria
lives and works in
Role at the ZKM
Artist of the Collection, Artist of the archive

Herbert W. Franke studied physics, mathematics, and chemical science at the Technische Hochschule Wien, Vienna (1945–1950, Ph.D. 1950). During this period he also attended classes in psychology and philosophy. After leaving university he worked on a research project for the Technische Hochschule Wien and in the advertising and press department at Siemens in Erlangen (1952–1957). Since 1957, he worked as a freelance author and published over 40 monographs on scientific and experimental photography, visual perception, cybernetics, the relations of arts and sciences, and speleology. He also published over twenty science fiction novels and a large number of radio features. In 1956, he produced first electronic images with an analog device, which was constructed by his friend Dr. Franz Raimann. From 1969 he produced digital computer graphics. He taught at the University of Munich (1973–1997), at the Fachhochschule Bielefeld (1979–1980), and at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, Munich (1984–1998). 1979 co-founder of Ars Electronica. He lives in Egling, DE.

Exhib.: 1959, »Experimentelle Ästhetik«, Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna. 1968, »Kunst aus dem Computer«, accompanying the symposium “Der Computer in der Universität,” Technische Universität Berlin. 1969, »Computer-Kunst. On the Eve of Tomorrow«, Kubus, Hannover.

Lit.: H. W. F., »Der grüne Komet«, Munich, 1960. H. W. F., »Phänomen Kunst«, Munich, 1967. H. W. F., H. W. F., »Computergraphik – Computerkunst«, Munich, 1971.