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‘Five Tetrahedra’ is a silkscreen print by Chris Crabtree, made in 1974 during his time at the Slade School of Fine Art. It is one of a series of computer-generated images and was given as a gift from another former Slade student, Marc Balakjian.

The print is an example of the early use of computers for creative art experimentation. Access to computer technologies was difficult to obtain in the 70s and the Slade was one of few institutions to have computers in their studios and laboratories. Computers would have initially been used by technicians and scientists, perhaps researching programming or writing codes. As technology developed, so did the scope of computer use. Chris Crabtree’s prints demonstrate an innovative collaboration of art and science, using scientific technologies for creative experimentation.

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