Abacus

"Abacus" (1972/74) is an electronic sculpture by Norman T. White.

Abacus

Abacus; photo: dam.org

Abacus was designed and constructed while the artist was experimenting with the creation of chaotic systems using the simplest possible principles. Four out-of-phase oscillators induce and determine the speed of tiny tubes shuttling back and forth across metal hoops. Employing random and structured principles working in harmony to produce a chance effect - partially predictable, partially not - Abacus creates a semblance of autonomous life. Norman T. White presented his first major electronic work in 1969 at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and has been exhibiting his electronic and robotic work internationally ever since.

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