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Post #1256

Tuesday Links: Drawings, Diagrams, Drawing Machines

A long while without links: I blame December deadlines and moving studio. A shame, given we’d been collecting a whole series of links on the studio mailing list; time to rectify that by sharing them with you, starting with a selection of articles connected by the theme of drawing.

Hand grid with guide grid by atduskgreg on Flickr

Melt Triptych – Center Portrait from Peter Esveld on Vimeo.

Drawing Machines 2009 – the blog that kicked off the idea for this post, which we found after they linked to our little Inductive Truck prototype.

Accompanying a Fall 2009 class at ITP, the blog is full of links to all sorts of automated and programattic drawing devices, as well as examples of final work. I particularly liked Greg Borenstein’s post on drawing grids distorted by gravity, in an attempt to make visible the weight of objects, and enjoyed Peter Esveld’s Melt Triptych (also above) a lot.

Edward Zajec ram2/9 plotter drawing 1969

A lovely selection of plotter drawings from the 1960s – a very early example of artwork created entirely digitally, with a surprising variety of styles on display.

And how about this: the Great Diagrams in Anthropology, Linguistics, & Social Theory pool over on Flickr, full of diagrams of linguistic constructions, social spaces, Polynesian tattoos, and suchlike. Exciting.


Untitled, Computer print-out with coloured pen and ink, Harold Cohen, 1969, from the V&A collection

And we – we being BERG – can’t talk about computer art without reference to Cybernetic Serendipity, the 1968 exhibition of computer art originally shown at the ICA. There’s a nice overview of it – and its importance – at the ICA website, and also in these original descriptions from its curator, Jasia Reichardt.

The Harold Cohen above is a lovely sample of it – its gridded pattern of cursive loops remind me a little of the distortion patterns Matt was playing with a while back.

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  • 1. Greg Borenstein said on 5 January 2010...

    Thanks for writing about our class. For a lot of us, it was our favorite thing from last semester, so it’s satisfying to see work from it show up on the blog of people I so admire.

    Anyway, in connection with my Gravitygraphs piece, the other part of the assignment that week was to write about a form. So, I wrote a brief little Borgesian short story from the point-of-view of the Luminiferous Aether that goes along with the Gravity theme. Thought you might enjoy it:

    — Greg

  • 2. Dries said on 5 January 2010...

    The (very nice) collection of links made me think of the recently launched Graffiti Analysis – Perhaps it could be added as another link related to drawing, coming from a whole other perspective.

  • 3. Greg J. Smith said on 11 January 2010...

    I was marvelling at the Drawing Machines 2009 work earlier this week – I’ve never encountered a drawing machine that I didn’t like. Thanks for more eye candy in this vein.

  • 4. kim said on 4 February 2010...

    Hello you lot.

    I was slightly surprised not to see any of you in the audience at the symposium at the V&A today… you may still be able to get a ticket on site tomorrow, if you ask nicely?


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