The Manchester Illuminated Universal Turing Machine, Version 18

Basic Information

Title: The Manchester Illuminated Universal Turing Machine, Version 18
Artist(s): Roman Verostko
Date Created: 1998
Framed Dimensions: 27 x 35 in.
Unframed Dimensions: 22 x 30 in.
Inventory ID: Verostko-1998-01


signed and dated lower middle

titled lower left

gold leaf done by hand


The text is a Universal Turing Machine in expanded binary.

See documentation at:

See also a UTM as a Self Portrait:

Roman’s homage to Alan Turing is the 3rd in a series of works that pay homage to those pioneers whose work lay the foundation for the circuit board technology that spawned the information revolution.

The other two series are: Homage to Norbert Wiener, A Decision Machine Suite. First unit dates from 1982, see documentation at: and (2) the limited edition of a selection from George Boole’s work (1989-90).


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