The Drawing Machine

The construction of an automated drawing machine allowed for the exploration of the interrelationship between multiple systems – tracing both deliberate and carefully conducted actions, as well as accidental unexpected conditions. A digitally programmed nano-computer served as the brain of our machine, using servos and motors to control custom components and mechanical parts. These parts and their varying fragility introduced an element of error and chaos into the produced drawings, which we were unable to foresee or predetermine.


The psycological phenomenom of pareidolia is the mind’s response to outside stimuli by perceiving familiarity and patterns in randomness. The generated drawings (seen on the following pages) are not made with a certain intent or goal in mind. As such, they are very open to interpretation. In one viewing, the motive of a dense center and lines that disperse as they move towards the edge of the paper suggests a rough one point perspective, where the chaotic nature of the lines blur any real sense of boundaries, of inside and outside and ultimately of space. A space of no apparent thresholds, one imagined from a seemingly meaningless drawing.