Desmond Paul Henry (1921–2004) was a Manchester University Lecturer and Reader in Philosophy (1949–82) and was one of the first few British artists to experiment with machine-generated visual effects at the time of the emerging global computer art movement of the 1960s (The Cambridge Encyclopaedia 1990 p. 289; Levy 2006 pp. 178–180). During this period, Henry constructed a succession of three drawing machines from modified bombsight analogue computers which were employed in World War II bombers to calculate the accurate release of bombs onto their target (O’Hanrahan 2005). Henry’s machine-generated effects resemble complex versions of the abstract, curvilinear graphics which accompany Microsoft’s Windows Media Player. Henry’s machine-generated effects may therefore also be said to represent early examples of computer graphics: ‘the making of line drawings with the aid of computers and drawing machines’ (Franke 1971, p. 41).
During the 1970s Henry focussed on further developing his own unique photo-chemical techniques for the production of highly original visual effects. He then also went on to make a fourth and even a fifth drawing machine in 1984 and 2002 respectively. These later machines however, were based around a mechanical pendulum design and not bombsight computers (O’Hanrahan 2005).
Read more about Desmond Paul Henry: Henry’s Artistic Career, Henry’s Inspiration: The Bombsight Computer, The Drawing Machines, How The Drawing Machines Operated, Henry’s Machine-generated Effects, Henry and Fractal Mathematics, Art and Technology, Conclusions
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