About Georg Nees

Georg Nees is one of the three pioneering artists who showed their work in the first exhibitions of computer art in 1965. A mathematician working at Siemens, he created his artworks in one of the first flatbed drawing machines and wrote the first doctoral thesis on computer art.

The imagined worlds of Georg Nees

Lesser-known works by the pioneering artist are shown for the first time at DAM Projects


DAM Projects hosts a solo exhibition of lesser-known works by Georg Nees in its space at Berlin’s Charlottenburg district. Titled Ornamental Spaces, the show runs until 27 August and features a series of works created by the pioneer artist for the exhibition Bilder Images Digital in 1986, after an invitation by Alex Kempkens. The exhibition took place in October at the Galerie der Künstler in Munich.

These graphics occupy a special position in Nees’ oeuvre, since he issued both simple and philosophical, as well as mythical, commands to produce the AI machine. The computer produces different graphics in relation to the questions. He wrote the programs in the Lisp language; a Siemens System 7000 calculated the graphics (Wikipedia Georg Nees, 8.6.2022)

Georg Nees (1926-2016) provided the groundwork for, and facilitated the subsequent explosion of, code-based art with his exhibition Computer Graphics, at the Studiengalerie Technische Hochschule Stuttgart. In 1968, he received his doctorate under Max Bense with a dissertation thesis on Generative Computer Graphics, which at the time was the first doctoral thesis worldwide on this subject. His early work from the 1960s is almost entirely in the collection of the Kunsthalle Bremen.


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