Attila Kováts

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Born 1938 in Budapest. 1953-57 Studied at the Miklós Ybl School for Architectural Engineering in Budapest, Hungary.
1958-60 First object-independent paintings and drawings with countable elements.
1958-64 Studied at the Academy of Applied Arts in Budapest, Hungary.
1960 First structural paintings and drawings with countable elements. Studied Cubism, Fauvism and Icons for two weeks at the Museums in Saint Petersburg, Moscow and Sagorks (Sergiev-Possad).
1964 Emigrated to West-Germany. First sequential drawings.
1965 First experiments with synthetic structures.
1965-70 Attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, Germany.
1967 Introduction of reference systems. First mathematically programmed processes (sequential works). Researches into space, time, speed and irreversibility. Wrote "Manifesto Transmutative Plasticity". Introduced the "substratum" in his works and defined it as vehicles of information structure.
1968 Systematization of primary processes and combinations. First transformations depending on plane, volume, lattice, light and positions. Started to create sets of methodically sequential models instead of separate pieces of works. Wrote "The Aesthetic Space"
1968-71 "Cohererzibilities".
1969 Wrote "About Transmutative Plasticity".
1969-70 Wrote "Electronic-cybernetic projects in two and thee dimensions with artificial senses".
1970 First non-Eucledian reference systems. First data-formats.
1970-71 First focus on transformability and relativeizability of systems of reference. "Coordinations" (8 drawings).
1971 "Signal-Structures with Two Speeds" (programmed light-substrates, a film).
1972 Moved to Cologne.
1973 Created the concept of synthetic programming in the "Functional Table of Synthesizability and Relativizability of Visual Structures". "The Visual Relatability of a Circle with 4 Parameters, 72 Results and Generative Text". First algorithms: Meta-Structures and Meta-Cubes.
1974 "Didactic Space" in Städtische Kunstsammlungen, Ludwigshafen, Germany.
1973-75 "Structural Analysis and Synthesis of a Square".
1974-75 "Structural Analysis of a Picture Pattern by Josef Albers with 2.025 Different Results".
1975 "Structural Analysis of a Painting (Arithmetical Composition, by Theo van Doesburg, 1930) with 1 + 5 Results". Received a grant for painters from the City of Cologne.
1973-76 The Generation of 18.144 Two-Dimensional Systems of Reference".
1976 First meta-works in algorithmic sequence: "56 Squares, 56 Cubes and Generative Text". "3 Possible Transitions from the 'Telephone-Painting EM3' by Moholy-Nagy (1923) to the 4 th Pattern in the Formal Structure of 'Homage to the Square' by Josef Albers (1950) with 22 + 32 + 32 drawings".
1977 Received a grant from the Federal German Industrial Association, Cologne. Wrote "Visual, Transformational" in: Kat. documenta 6, Kassel.
1977-78 "The Square, The Meta-Square".
1979 Table of sub-coordinates. First metric-additive chromemes and their general generative-degenerative scheme. First meta-squares with individual units. Data-construction drawings. Transitive meta-squares. First programs for the Teletext System in Bildschirmtext Magazin, Ulm, Germany.
1982 3 sequences programmed for the Teletext System on Hungarian Television, Hungary.
1984 Meta-Lines. "1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Meta-Lines in Positional Dependence".
1985 Imaginary endless columns. Meta-points. Awarded a grant of the Kunstfonds e.V., Bonn.
1986 "Here is There ß a There is Here".
1992 Meta-squares in extreme positions.
1995 "Cohererzibilities".
1997 of Painting at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in Budapest, Hungary.
2001 Doctor of Liberal Arts (summa cum laude), University of Science of Pécs, Hungary.
2004 Mihály Munkácsy-Prize from Hungary

Lives in Budapest and Cologne.