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Frieder Nake (born December 16, 1938 in Stuttgart) is a professor for computer graphics at the department for computer science at the University of Bremen and visiting professor for hypermedia design at the University of the Arts Bremen. He lives and works in Bremen, Germany.
He has taught in Stuttgart, Toronto and Vancouver, and has been in Bremen since 1972. He specializes in interactive computer graphics, digital media, computer art, and semiotics. He has been a visiting professor at Universitetet Oslo, Aarhus Universitet, Universität Wien, University of Colorado at Boulder.
He was one of the first to exhibit digital computer art in 1965 (Galerie Wendelin Niedlich, Stuttgart). In the same year, other exhibitions were staged by Georg Nees in Stuttgart and A. Michael Noll in New York. Nake, Nees and Noll are generally recognized as pioneers of computer art, and in this context are sometimes called the three big 'N's.
He also was one of the first to analyze links between aesthetics and information theory. His book Ästhetik als Informationsverarbeitung (1974) is one of the first in this field, and greatly helped to promote research on the borderline between science and art.
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Nake, Frieder (2009): The semiotic engine: notes on the history of algorithmic images in Europe. In Art Journal, 0 (0) pp. 76-89.
Nake, Frieder (2009): Creativity in algorithmic art. In: Proceedings of the 2009 Conference on Creativity and Cognition , 2009, . pp. 97-106. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1640233.1640251
Nake, Frieder (2007): Computer art: creativity and computability. In: Proceedings of the 2007 Conference on Creativity and Cognition , 2007, Washington DC, USA. pp. 305-306. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1254960.1255041
Nake, Frieder (2005): Computer art: a personal recollection. In: Proceedings of the 2005 Conference on Creativity and Cognition , 2005, . pp. 54-62. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1056224.1056234
Nake, Frieder (2005): Computer art: a personal recollection. In Proceedings of the 5th conference on Creativity cognition, 0 (0) pp. .
Krauss, Matthias, Nake, Frieder, Grabowski, Susanne (2001): Chinese Whispers. Semiotically Mediating Between Idea and Program. In: HCC 2001 - IEEE CS International Symposium on Human-Centric Computing Languages and Environments September 5-7, 2001, Stresa, Italy. pp. 165-. http://csdl.computer.org/comp/proceedings/hcc/2001/0474/00/04740165abs.htm