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Sheets 2 and 3 of Mel Bochner’s The Singer Notes, 1968.

Mel Bochner

Sheets 2 and 3 of Mel Bochner’s The Singer Notes, 1968.

IN 1968, THROUGH E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology), I was very fortunate to get the opportunity to work at the Singer Corporation’s research and development lab out in New Jersey. Someone thought it would be interesting to have an artist work in a think-tank situation with their scientists and engineers. It lasted about three months, two days a week, just sitting around with these guys and trying to find something to talk about. Singer had long since diversified from sewing machines; they were into all kinds of computer and aerospace technology at that point. I’d gone out there with a few ideas for actual projects, none of which panned out. One idea was to find a way to use their high-powered computers to translate some of my number drawings directly into photographic images. But in those days you couldn’t type directly into a computer; everything had to be translated

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